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FIDE Candidates 2016 (4)

Karjakin takes the lead after defeating Anand in Candidates Round 4

Sergey Karjakin beat Viswanathan Anand to move to 3/4 and the early outright lead in the FIDE Candidates in Moscow.

Karjakin played a quiet Reti System with 9.h4 being a new move. Anand's 10...f5 was an interesting but strategically risky response. It's hard to say where Anand went wrong but he gradually drifted into trouble step-by-step and by move 27 he was fighting for a draw and by move 40 Karjakin was winning. Anand only played a couple more moves before resigning. Karjakin has a huge amount of experience in these events, this is a very early stage of course but this could be his year.

Anand is very stable in this format. He didn't lose a game in the Khanty-Mansiysk Candidates two years ago, nor did he lose in Mexico City in 2009 in a World Championship tournament using the same format,. You have to go back to 2005 in San Luis when Morozevich beat him in round 7.

Peter Svidler has had a comfortable start to the Candidates with good positions and chances to press for a wins. Today again he got another edge out of the opening, this time against Levon Aronian. Svidler won a pawn but at the expense of his pawn structure and this wasn't enough to force a win and a draw was agreed on move 43.

Hikarua Nakamura and Anish Giri played out an explosive draw which probably contained a lot of preparation and finished in perpetual check.

Fabiano Caruana played a quiet Italian game against struggling Veselin Topalov. Topalov started to drift having achieved equality, most likely becoming over-ambitious. Starting with 34...fxe4?! and leading up to 37...Qe7? which was an outright blunder (37...Bxe4 was necessary but black was already worse). Caruana was winning at first time control (41.Rxf6! is a relatively straightforward win) but he lost much of his advantage over the next few moves and the draw was agreed in 52 moves. A big miss for Caruana.

Round 4 standings: Karjakin 3pts, Aronian 2.5pts, Giri, Svidler, Anand, Caruana 2pts, Nakamura 1.5pts, Topalov 1pt.

Round 5 pairings Wednesday 16th March 2016. Giri-Svidler, Anand-Nakamura, Topalov-Karjakin, Aronian-Caruana.

FIDE Candidates 2016 Moscow (RUS), 10-30 iii 2016 cat. XXII (2778)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 * * . . ½ . ½ . 1 . . . 1 . . . 3 2968
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2786 . . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . . . . . 1 . 2868
3. Giri, Anish g NED 2793 ½ . ½ . * * . . . . ½ . ½ . . . 2 2782
4. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2757 ½ . ½ . . . * * . . . . ½ . ½ . 2 2779
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2762 0 . ½ . . . . . * * ½ . . . 1 . 2 2780
6. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2794 . . . . ½ . . . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . 2 2781
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2790 0 . . . ½ . ½ . . . ½ . * * . . 2689
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2780 . . 0 . . . ½ . 0 . ½ . . . * * 1 2581
Round 4 (March 15, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 43 A06 Zukertort Opening
Svidler, Peter - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 A22 English Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 52 C50 Giuoco Piano
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish ½-½ 32 D45 Anti-Meran Variations

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