FIDE Candidates 2016 (4)
Karjakin takes the lead after defeating Anand in Candidates Round 4
Mark Crowther - Tuesday 15th March 2016
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)|
|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|