Tata Steel Round 4 Report

Vishy Anand wins, joins Hikaru Nakamura on the top

Tata Steel Chess

The World Champion Viswanathan Anand climbed to the top in Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee 2011. He joined Hikaru Nakamura at the first position and now both are leading with 3.0/4, half a point ahead of Aronian, Giri and Vachier Lagrave.

In the longest game of the day Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura signed a draw after a very interesting Rook endgame. Dutch youngster was a pawn up, but Black defended tenaciously and eventually pulled this half point.

Ex world champion Vladmir Kramnik played a fourth consecutive draw. This time he managed to hold with black pieces against his compatriot Alexander Grischuk. In another one-country match, L’Ami and Smeets also finished peacefully with a draw after only 27 moves.

Maxime Vachier Lagrave won against Alexei Shirov to stay close to the leaders. Things went wrong for the Spaniard after f2-f4-f5 pawn push and underestimation of the power of the d4 pawn, which queened and gave the full point to the young French Grandmaster.

In what could have been the shortest game of the day, Ian Nepomniachtchi committed an opening suicide against Levon Aronian. The Russian did not see the 11. c5 possibility and the 12. Bd2 follow-up, which was a solid material loss for black.

The World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen experienced early difficulties against the ex World Champion Ponomariov. The Norwegian found himself with no space and cramped pieces. Ponomariov opened up black defence and kept slight pressure, but Carlsen was precise and held the draw.

Tata Steel games with computer analysis

Round 4 results:

Viswanathan Anand IND 2810 – Wang Hao CHN 2731 1-0

Alexander Grischuk RUS 2773 – Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784 draw

Levon Aronian ARM 2805 – Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2715 1-0

Alexey Shirov ESP 2722 – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721 0-1

Anish Giri NED 2686 – Hikaru Nakamura USA 2751 draw

Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2744 – Magnus Carlsen NOR 2814 draw

Erwin l’Ami NED 2628 – Jan Smeets NED 2662 draw


Anand 3

Nakamura 3

Aronian 2.5

Giri 2.5

Vachier-Lagrave 2.5

l’ Ami 2

Kramnik 2

Ponomariov 2

Nepomniachtchi 2

Smeets 2

Grischuk 1.5

Carlsen 1.5

Wang Hao 1

Shirov 0.5

Nijboer the first to stop McShane

After three consecutive wins, Luke McShane was finally held to a draw. It was achieved by Nijboer with the use of serious opening preparation. McShane felt he was slightly worse and did not want to risk, so he accepted the three moves repetition draw.

In the Asian derby, Li Chao defeated Le Quang Liem to take off from the bottom of the table. Fressinet won against Ganguly, to complicate the situation of the World Champion’s second in the event, leaving him at 11th position.

All other games finished draw, here are the standings, results, and pairings in Tata Steel B.

Fressinet - Ganguly 1-0

Li Chao - Liem 1-0

Navara - Hammer ½-½

Nijboer - McShane ½-½

So - Efimenko ½-½

Spoelman - Sargissian ½-½

Tkachiev - Wojtaszek ½-½


McShane 3.5

Sargissian 2.5

Fressinet 2.5

Navara 2.5

Efimenko 2.5

Nijboer 2

Wesley So 2

Spoelman 2

Wojtaszek 2

Tkachiev 1.5

Ganguly 1.5

Li Chao 1.5

Liem 1

Hammer 1

Daniele Vocaturo brings joy to Italy

Daniele Vocaturo, the young Italian star in Tata Steel C, is leading the competition before the first rest day. He defeated De Jong with black to take lead in the standings.

Almost all games in the group were decisive in round 4. Bluvshtein and Nyzhnyk won against Van Kampen and Sachdev respectively to share second position. Benjamin Bok brought the surprise as he defeated the top rated Kazhgaleyev. Swiercz and Van der Werf were also victorious, while SIebrecht held Ivanisevic to a draw.

Bluvshtein - Van Kampen 1-0
Bok - Kazhgaleyev 1-0
De Jong - Vocaturo 0-1
Pruijssers - Swiercz 0-1
Sachdev - Nyzhnyk 0-1
Siebrecht - Ivanisevic ½-½
Van der Werf - Lahno 1-0


Vocaturo 3.5

Bluvshtein 3

Nyzhnyk 3

Bok 2.5

Siebrecht 2.5

Lahno 2.5

Van der Werf 2

Sachdev 2

Swiercz 2

Ivanisevic 1.5

Pruijssers 1

Kazhgaleyev 1

Van Kampen 1

De Jong 0.5

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