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8th Tal Memorial 2013 (4)

Nakamura leads alone after four rounds of the Tal Memorial

Nakamura at the press conference. He was amused by the question as to the

Nakamura at the press conference. He was amused by the question as to the "fate" of his second Artur Kogan who hasn't been seen since Nakamura's round 1 loss. Photo © | http://online.russiachess.org

Hikaru Nakamura defeated Fabiano Caruana with black in the fourth round of the Tal Memorial to take him to a clear lead with a 3/4 score. Nakamura was roundly defeated by Mamedyarov in Round 1 and was losing against Kramnik in round 2 before turning that game into a win, now he has real momentum after beating Karjakin and now Caruana. In a Sicilian Najdorf Nakamura played slightly unusually and Caruana fell behind on the clock in reaching a position where Nakamura was already thinking of playing for more than a draw. 25...e4 was ambitious and most probably Caruana needed to play the ugly b5 at some point because after 28...b5 he was already in terrible trouble 34...Bb6 already planned the decisive Kg7, Rh8 with the Queen penetrating on c3. Caruana resigned in a hopeless position on move 39.

The remaining games were drawn. Dmitry Andreikin hoped for a small advantage against Magnus Carlsen but the world mumber one had no problems at all setting up a completely blockaded position for the draw. Viswanathan Anand got nothing tangible in a Rossolimo Sicilian against Boris Gelfand. Quite a few pieces and pawns came off early in the Scotch Four Knights between Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Kramnik and even though there was interesting play it wasn't much of a surprise it finishing in a draw by repetition. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played the highly unusual 7...Nbd7 against the 5.Bd3 Pirc Austrian Attack played by Sergey Karjakin. This led to him being two pawns down although one had to be returned to free white's game. Mamedyarov retained just about enough activity to hold the resulting position.

Round 4 Standings: Nakamura 3/4, Mamedyarov, Gelfand 2.5pts, Caruana, Andreikin, Anand, Carlsen 2pts, Karjakin, Morozevich 1.5pts, Kramnik 1pt.

Round 5 Tues 17th Jun 2013 12pm BST: Gelfand-Morozevich, Carlsen-Anand, Nakamura-Andreikin, Mamedyarov-Caruana, Kramnik-Karjakin.

8th Tal Mem Moscow (RUS), 13-24 vi 2013 cat. XXII (2777)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2784 * 0 . 1 . . . 1 . 1 3 2971
2. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2753 1 * . . . . . ½ ½ ½ 2877
3. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2755 . . * 1 ½ ½ . ½ . . 2858
4. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2774 0 . 0 * . 1 1 . . . 2 2797
5. Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2713 . . ½ . * ½ ½ . ½ . 2 2791
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 . . ½ 0 ½ * . . 1 . 2 2750
7. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2864 . . . 0 ½ . * ½ . 1 2 2768
8. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2782 0 ½ ½ . . . ½ * . . 2702
9. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2760 . ½ . . ½ 0 . . * ½ 2676
10. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2803 0 ½ . . . . 0 . ½ * 1 2597
Round 4 (June 17, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 39 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Andreikin, Dmitry - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 34 A34 English Symmetrical
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 40 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Karjakin, Sergey - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 43 B09 Pirc Defence
Morozevich, Alexander - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 39 C47 Four Knights

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