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78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (4)

Caruana misses a chance to extend his lead of the Tata Steel Masters after 4 rounds

Caruana and Giri discuss their round 4 draw. Photo ©

Caruana and Giri discuss their round 4 draw. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

Fabiano Caruana was finally held to a draw after 6 hours of play by Anish Giri after obtaining a winning Rook and Pawn endgame. Caruana leads with 3/4 but he missed a chance (55...Ra3 was the last win) to bring in the full point. Giri, who was one of the favourites to win the tournament has lost one and saved two in a very scratchy start to the event.

Pavel Eljanov won a pawn against Loek van Wely but it was only with a trap 31.Kh1 in his opponent's time trouble hoping precisely for the mistake 31...Rf2? that loses.

Sergey Karjakin got a positional advantage in a quiet Giuoco Piano against Evgeny Tomashevsky. In time pressure for both players Karjakin obtained a winning advantage and his opponent lost on time.

Hou Yifan won a fine attacking game against David Navara.

Magnus Carlsen got little or no advantage with white against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and the game finished in a draw. Whilst he hasn't been in any real trouble Carlsen hasn't created many winning chances either.

Michael Adams looked in a lot of trouble against Wei Yi in the endgame but the Chinese player didn't find a way to exploit his extra pawn and the game was drawn in 52 moves.

Wesley So drew against Ding Liren in a balanced game.

Aleksey Dreev has reached 4/4. The B-Group continues with a round on Wednesday.

Round 4 Standings: 1st Caruana 3pts 2nd-6th Wesley So, Hou Yifan, Karjakin, Ding Liren, Eljanov 2.5pts 7th-8th Carlsen, Wei, Yi 2pts 9th-13th Giri, Van Wely, Mamedyarov, Tomashevsky, Navara 1.5pts 14th Adams 1pt

Rest day Wednesday 20th Jan. Round 5 Thur 21st Jan 2016 1pm GMT in the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. Ding-Karjakin, Navara-So, Caruana-Hou, Wei-Giri, Mamedyarov-Adams, Van Wely-Carlsen, Tomashevsky-Eljanov,

78th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2016 cat. XX (2748)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 * . . . . 1 ½ . ½ . . . . 1 3 2979
2. So, Wesley g USA 2773 . * ½ ½ ½ . . . 1 . . . . . 2846
3. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 . ½ * ½ ½ . . . . . . . 1 . 2854
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 . ½ ½ * . . . . . ½ . 1 . . 2798
5. Ding, Liren g CHN 2766 . ½ ½ . * . . . ½ . . . . 1 2842
6. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 0 . . . . * . ½ . 1 1 . . . 2815
7. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 ½ . . . . . * ½ . . ½ . ½ . 2 2742
8. Wei, Yi g CHN 2706 . . . . . ½ ½ * . . . ½ . ½ 2 2769
9. Giri, Anish g NED 2798 ½ 0 . . ½ . . . * . . . ½ . 2677
10. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2640 . . . ½ . 0 . . . * ½ ½ . . 2664
11. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 . . . . . 0 ½ . . ½ * ½ . . 2656
12. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 . . . 0 . . . ½ . ½ ½ * . . 2628
13. Navara, David g CZE 2730 . . 0 . . . ½ . ½ . . . * ½ 2677
14. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 0 . . . 0 . . ½ . . . . ½ * 1 2554
Round 4 (January 19, 2016)
So, Wesley - Ding, Liren ½-½ 41 D11 Slav Defence
Hou, Yifan - Navara, David 1-0 40 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Karjakin, Sergey - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 36 C50 Giuoco Piano
Eljanov, Pavel - Van Wely, Loek 1-0 38 D11 Slav Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 36 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 63 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Adams, Michael - Wei, Yi ½-½ 52 A37 English Symmetrical

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