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All draws in Moscow

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A day of five hard-fought draws in the Tal Memorial in Moscow. The lead is still shared by four players: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

In Svidler-Gelfand, the Israeli player sacrificed a pawn for pressure and won the material back leading to a drawn endgame.

Levon Aronian had better development, but an inferior structure. Later in order to liberate himself, Viswanathan Anand also gave up a pawn for activity, which he maintained into the endgame and proved to be sufficient to earn half-a-point.

After a quiet line in the Dragon, opposite bishops gave the middlegame a drawish nature. Later however a tactical sequence led to Black gaining the advantage. The Rook endgame was saved, under duress, by Ian Nepomniachtchi although my feeling is that Hikaru Nakamura may have missed a win.

In a Nimzoindian, Sergey Karjakin activated his knights and followed up with a pawn sacrifice which led to him obtaining interesting play. Magnus Carlsen however consolidated, but his attempt to break out led to complications and ultimately a drawn knight endgame.

Kramnik obtained pressure with a temporary pawn sacrifice. Later on he regained the pawn, and even picked up the exchange, but the endgame with pawns only on one wing was drawn.

Here is a summary of the fourth round games:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 0.5-0.5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 67 Nimzoindian 4.Qc2
Peter Svidler RUS 2755 0.5-0.5 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 40 Reti Opening
Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730

0.5-0.5

Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 85 Sicilian Dragon
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 60 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800

0.5-0.5

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 57 Chebanenko Slav

The table after the fourth round:

Place Name Country Rating Points
1-4 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 2.5
1-4 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 2.5
1-4 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 2.5
1-4 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 2.5
5-7 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 2
5-7 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 2
5-7 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 2
8-9 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 1.5
8-9 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 1.5
10 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 1

Details of the earlier games:

The first round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758

0.5-0.5

Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 34 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 42 Nimzoindian 4.Qc2
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 1-0 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 61 Grünfeld 4.e3
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 0-1 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 53 English Symmetrical
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 57 Queen's Indian 4.g3 Ba6

The second round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 38 Slav Defence 4.e3
Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763

0.5-0.5

Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 43 Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2
Peter Svidler RUS 2755

0.5-0.5

Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 23 Caro-Kann Advance
Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730

0.5-0.5

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 76 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Levon Aronian ARM 2802

0.5-0.5

Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 49 Queen's Gambit Tarrasch

The third round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 0-1 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 59 Open Catalan
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 0-1 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 48 Grünfeld Exchange 7.Bc4
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811

0.5-0.5

Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 27 Grünfeld (Russian Variation)
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 0-1 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 57 Spanish Berlin
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800

0.5-0.5

Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 41 English (Botvinnik) 

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