Round 4, Game 2: Ivanchuk, Nakamura and Mamedyarov knocked out

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The biggest surprise of the day was the victory of Anton Korobov over Hikaru Nakamura.

By Anastasia Karlovich

Kramnik made a draw in the second game of the match and eliminated Vassily Ivanchuk. Granda Zuniga didn’t manage to level the score against Fabiano Caruana. Gata Kamsky drew against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and went through to the quarter-finals. Four matches will be decided by tiebreaks on 22nd of August.

Round 4 Results

       

FIDE

FIDE

25'+10"

25'+10"

10'+10"

10'+10"

5'+3"

5'+3"

5'-4'

Total

 
 

Round 4

FED

RTG

G1

G2

G1

G2

G1

G2

G1

G2

SD

Score

Qualifiers

16-1

Round 4, Match 1

                         

16

Morozevich, Alexander

RUS

2739

½

½

             

1

 

1

Tomashevsky, Evgeny

RUS

2706

½

½

             

1

 

2-15

Round 4, Match 2

                         

2

Caruana, Fabiano

ITA

2796

1

1

             

2

Caruana

15

Granda Zuniga, Julio E

PER

2664

0

0

             

0

 

14-3

Round 4, Match 3

                         

14

Ivanchuk, Vassily

UKR

2731

0

½

             

½

 

3

Kramnik, Vladimir

RUS

2784

1

½

             

Kramnik

4-13

Round 4, Match 4

                         

4

Le, Quang Liem

VIE

2702

½

½

             

1

 

13

Svidler, Peter

RUS

2746

½

½

             

1

 

12-5

Round 4, Match 5

                         

12

Andreikin, Dmitry

RUS

2716

½

½

             

1

 

5

Karjakin, Sergey

RUS

2772

½

½

             

1

 

6-11

Round 4, Match 6

                         

6

Nakamura, Hikaru

USA

2772

½

0

             

½

 

11

Korobov, Anton

UKR

2720

½

1

             

Korobov

10-7

Round 4, Match 7

                         

10

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

FRA

2719

½

½

             

1

 

7

Gelfand, Boris

ISR

2764

½

½

             

1

 

8-9

Round 4, Match 8

                         

8

Kamsky, Gata

USA

2741

1

½

             

Kamsky

9

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

AZE

2775

0

½

             

½

 

01

Hikaru Nakamura chose to play the opening just 10 minutes before the start of the game and most probably was not ready for all the possible lines. Anton Korobov played creatively and decided to sacrifice a pawn on the 18th move. The American player didn’t accept it and let his opponent keep a strong knight. After queens were exchanged Black’s pieces remained passive and the bishop was out of play. The plan with h4-h5 completely destroyed Black’s position. Anton Korobov is the only Ukrainian player who succeeded in getting to the quarter-finals and will play against Vladimir Kramnik in the next round.

02

After the end of the match Anton Korobov gave a must-see interview where he explained why he decided to quit chess, why it was a mistake to come back to chess again, why he doesn’t play for the Ukrainian national team and what goals he has for the FIDE World Cup.

03

Vassily Ivanchuk had to win today with Black to level the score and tried to complicate the position from the first moves. Vladimir Kramnik played very solidly and didn’t give his opponent any real chances. “When Ivanchuk offered me a draw I thought my position was already better. I could have tried 31.d6 and if 31…cxd6 then 32.Nd5. That’s why I didn’t accept the draw immediately but spent 2 minutes thinking.” However, the draw in the second game secured his victory in the match.

04

Vladimir Kramnik didn’t expect to win the match so quickly: “Normally we have many fighting draws and I was ready for tiebreaks and maybe Armageddon”. After the interview the former World Champion went to the airport to change his ticket. He bought the ticket for the 20th of August (the last day of the third round) but had to change it after his victory over Areshchenko and chose the 23rd . Once again he has to postpone his travel back home and promised to change the date to the 26th of August.

05

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had to win today to level the score and did everything he could – he obtained a playable position and had one hour more than his opponent. Nevertheless, Gata Kamsky managed to find a very beautiful variation starting with 24…Rf2! which led to a draw.

06

Gata Kamsky before the decisive game.

07

Julio Granda Zuniga decided to avoid playing principled theoretical lines and Fabiano Caruana, who only needed not to lose today, got quite a comfortable position with Black. The Peruvian player decided to sacrifice an exchange to complicate the position and after a few moves the Italian player accepted it. White didn’t manage to prove he had enough compensation and Fabiano won the second game of the match.

08

Alexander Motylev, Peter Svidler and Evgeny Tomashevsky chatting.

09

The Exchange Variation of the Slav was played in the Svidler-Liem game, which finished drawn after 24 moves. The outcome of the match will be known after tiebreaks.

10

Alexander Morozevich and his friend Russian actor Andrey Shetinin before the game.

11

Evgeny Tomashevsky missed a good chance to fight for victory after 31…Kg7. 32.Qf3, with the threat of playing 33.g4, could be very unpleasant for his opponent.

12

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sacrificed a pawn to activate his pieces and managed to make a draw in a very complicated endgame against Boris Gelfand.

13

Sergey Karjakin didn’t manage to exploit the advantage of the white pieces and the Russian derby will go to tiebreaks.

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The organizers of the tournament - Borge Robertsen, Kema Goryaeva and Kjersti Vikor.

Time controls and rules

The time control for each two-game match is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games, played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. If the score is still equal then two accelerated games will be played, with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still equal two more games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec. If the winner is still not determined then a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).