SIMPLECHESS

After the rest day...let battle recommence!

After a hard-earned rest day in Wijk aan Zee the protagonists will be crossing swords again later today.
Here is a brief summary of the pairings plus the standings and what to look out for.

The leader Alexei Shirov is playing the inconsistent Van Wely who has lost three in a row. Ivanchuk is also playing an out-of-form opponent, Nigel Short.

Nakamura meets Carlsen and the public will be hoping for fireworks.

Peter LekoHUN2739Viswanathan AnandIND2790
Fabiano CaruanaITA2675Leinier DominguezCUB2712
Sergey TiviakovNED2662Sergey KarjakinRUS2720
Jan SmeetsNED2657Vladimir KramnikRUS2788
Loek van WelyNED2641Alexei ShirovESP2723
Nigel ShortENG2696Vassily IvanchukUKR2749
Hikaru NakamuraUSA2708Magnus CarlsenNOR2810

Here are the standings after the fourth round.

SeedNameCountryRatingPoints
1Alexei ShirovESP27234
2=Vassily IvanchukUKR27493
2=Hikaru NakamuraUSA27083
2=Magnus CarlsenNOR28103
5=Viswanathan AnandIND27902
5=Vladimir KramnikRUS27882
5=Sergey KarjakinRUS27202
5=Leinier DominguezCUB27122
9=Peter LekoHUN27391.5
9=Fabiano CaruanaITA26751.5
9=Sergey TiviakovNED26621.5
12=Nigel ShortENG26961
12=Loek van WelyNED26411
14Jan SmeetsNED26570.5

B-Group

Ni Hua has Black against the unbeaten David Howell whereas Anish Giri faces Sutovsky who is always exciting to watch.

The other players on a plus score, Harikrishna and L'Ami both have the Black pieces.

Tomi NybackFIN2643Erwin l'AmiNED2615
Anish GiriNED2588Emil SutovskyISR2666
David HowellENG2606Ni HuaCHN2657
Anna MuzychukSLO2523Dimitri ReindermanNED2573
Arkadij NaiditschGER2687Liviu-Dieter NisipeanuROM2681
Wesley SoPHI2656Penteala HarikrishnaIND2672
Varuzhan AkobianUSA2628Parimarjan NegiIND2621

The leader board could change radically in this closely contested tournament. The winner qualifies for next year's A-Group

RankTitleNameCountryRatingPoints
1=GMNi HuaCHN26573
1=GMAnish GiriNED25883
3=GMPenteala HarikrishnaIND26722.5
3=GMErwin l'AmiNED26152.5
3=GMDavid HowellENG26062.5
6=GMArkadij NaiditschGER26872
6=GMLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROM26812
6=GMWesley SoPHI26562
6=GMTomi NybackFIN26432
6=GMParimarjan NegiIND26212
11=GMEmil SutovskyISR26571.5
11=IMAnna MuzychukSLO25231.5
13GMVaruzhan AkobianUSA26281
14GMDimitri ReindermanNED25730.5

Group C

Li Chao has White against Van Kampen whereas Robson will have Black today against Peng.

Marya MuzychukUKR2447Soumya SwaminathanIND2323
Stefan KuipersNED2340Robin SwinkelsNED2495
Zhaoqin PengNED2402Ray RobsonUSA2570
Benjamin BokNED2322Abhijeet GuptaIND2577
Daniele VocaturoITA2495Nils GrandeliusSWE2515
Sjoerd PlukkelNED2279Kjetil LieNOR2547
Li Chao-bCHN2604Robin van KampenNED2456

The highest placed Dutch player Robin Swinkels has Black against a lower-rated countryman.

RankTitleNameCountryRatingPoints
1=GMLi Chao-bCHN26043.5
1=GMRay RobsonUSA25703.5
3=GMAbhijeet GuptaIND25772.5
3=GMKjetil LieNOR25472.5
3=IMRobin SwinkelsNED24952.5
3=GMDaniele VocaturoITA24952.5
3=GMZhaoqin PengNED24022.5
8IMRobin van KempenNED24562
9=IMNils GrandeliusSWE25151.5
9=FMStefan KuipersNED23401.5
9=FMBenjamin BokNED23221.5
12WGMMarya MuzychukUKR24471
13=WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND23230.5
13=-Sjoerd PlukkelNED22790.5

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