Jakovenko and Karjakin again!

History repeats itself with the highest-ranked players Sergey Karjakin and Dmitry Jakovenko able to convert the advantage of the white pieces into a full point.
These two now lead the field with 3/4.
The trailing pair, Sutovsky and Riazantsev, both had fighting draws.

Ivan Sokolov again defended against the Spanish, but switched variations by opting for the Zaitsev (he has already lost a game here in the Classical). Sergey Karjakin reacted in positional style and gradually made progress on the queenside. This induced the Bosnian to sacrifice material for kingside attacking chances but Karjakin successfully navigated the complications and even promoted a pawn in the middlegame, giving him a decisive material advantage.

Dmitry Jakovenko won a complex Rook and Bishop versus Rook and knight pseudo-ending against Victor Bologan which arose from a well-known hybrid variation of the Nimzoindian and Queen's Indian.

In both these examples refined Russian technique outdid the renowned tactical creativity of their opponents.

Sergey KarjakinRussia27391-0Ivan SokolovBosnia-Herzegovina2654
Sergei RublevskyRussia27040.5-0.5Emil SutovskyIsrael2661
Alexander RiazantsevRussia26740.5-0.5Arkadij NaiditschGermany2686
Alexander MotylevRussia27040.5-0.5Nikita VitiugovRussia2707
Alexander OnischukUSA26990.5-0.5Baadur JobavaGeorgia2715
Dmitry JakovenkoRussia27251-0Victor BologanMoldavia2668

Last year's winner Alexander Motylev and fellow-Russian Nikita Vitiugov drew fairly quickly and thus continued to stay at fifty-per-cent with only draws to show for their efforts so far.

Onischuk and Jobava also played out a dull draw.

However Riazantsev against Naiditsch was an incredible game featuring sacrifices and counter-sacrifices before ending in a remarkable repetition where Black had two pieces less but with dangerous pawns and the initiative.

The longest game so far was Sergei Rublevsky against Emil Sutovsky. In a rook and bishop pseudo-endgame, Rublevsky was a pawn up, but his Israeli opponent had plenty of activity with good drawing chances. Later Sutovsky almost turned the tables when he won the exchange, but Rublevsky was able to defend.

PositionNameCountryRatingWorld rankingAgePoints after 4 rounds
1st-2ndSergey KarjakinRUS273914203
1st-2ndDmitry JakovenkoRUS272521263
3rd-4thAlexander RiazantsevRUS267458242.5
3rd-4thEmil SutovskyISR266175322.5
5th-7thVictor BologanMDA266864382
5th-7thNikita VitiugovRUS270732232
5th-7thAlexander MotylevRUS270434302
8th-11thBaadur JobavaGEO271526261.5
8th-11thSergei RublevskyRUS270433351.5
8th-11thAlexander OnischukUSA269938341.5
8th-11thArkadij NaiditschGER268647241.5
12thIvan SokolovBIH265483411

You can follow the games live on Live games from 10am (London time).

You may also like to investigate the official tournament site. However it is in Russian!

The fourth round will start tomorrow morning: 10am (London), 11am (Paris) or 3pm (local time).

Sergei Rublevsky: A long defence @ Chessbase
Ivan Sokolov: No joy in the Spanish @ chessinchina.net

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