Bucharest 04: No changes in Leaderboard

10/10/2013 – While Wang Hao was unable to achieve anything through the entire game against Caruana and had to settle with a draw, Radjabov's game against Nisipeanu was considerably different. Black's position became uncomfortable from the beginning and White's pair of bishops eventually won a pawn. But through sheer willpower and some good decision making Nisipeanu somehow held a draw in over 115 moves. Analysis and post-mortems.

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The opening ceremony of the 7th edition of Kings Tournament Romgaz took place on the 6th of October in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (Piata Romana Nr.6). This international tournament is organized by the Sports Club “Elisabeta Polihroniade” and is a part of the Grand Slam circuit. The Kings Tournament will be a double round robin competition with 5 world-class participants: Fabiano Caruana (Italy, GM, 2779), the former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, GM, 2756), Wang Hao (China, GM, 2736), Radjabov Teimour (Azerbaijan, GM, 2733) and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, (Romania, GM, 2665). This year’s edition will be played in the Magna Auditorium and Conference Hall "Virgil Madgearu" of the  Bucharest University of Economic Studies – a partner of the Kings Tournament. The rounds will start every day from the 7th until the 17th October at 3:30 p.m. (last round starts at 1:30 p.m) and entrance will be free for spectators.

Round 4

Round 4 – October 10, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733 ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   

The lighting in the room is quite dark, and the boards depend on these lamps for proper illumination. Radjabov makes sure this little lamp is doing its job properly.

Despite being a pawn down and suffering through most of the game, Nisipeanu managed to hold on

Caruana used his trusty Gruenfeld to hold Wang Hao to a draw, keeping the Italian's lead in the tournament

Wang Hao is currently the only player at -1, having lost to Nisipeanu in round 2

Despite not being 2700 Nisipeanu has held his own in this tournament so far

After four rounds Caruana has been the only player to win a game without also incurring on a loss

Radjabov faces Caruana tomorrow with black, and was unable to use his Rook and Bishop vs. Rook advantage today as Nisipeanu defended this sometimes difficult endgame quite well

Analysis of Round 4

Information and photos by Dorian Rogozenco

Player Post-Mortems:

 

 

Standings

note: Nisipeanu has played one more game than the other players

Schedule

Round 1 – October 07, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
0-1
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   
Round 2 – October 08, 15:30h
Wang Hao 2733
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   
Round 3 – October 09, 15:30h
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
1-0
Wang Hao 2733
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
bye
   
Round 4 – October 10, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733 ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   
Round 5 – October 11, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Wang Hao 2733
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
bye
   
Round 6 – October 12, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   
Round 7 – October 13, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   
Round 8 – October 14, 15:30h
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
bye
   
Round 9 – October 15, 15:30h
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Wang Hao 2733
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   
Round 10 – October 16, 13:30h
Wang Hao 2733
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
bye
   

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