Medias Kings Rd4: Hard fights, but no knockouts

6/14/2011 – It is always disappointing to report that all games ended in draws. In this round, however, you will find interesting hard-fought games. Carlsen almost got a good advantage with black against Karjakin, but missed his chance, while Nakamura pressured Ivanchuk. Radjabov played his pet Schliemann, always an interesting game. Illustrated report with full commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco.

ROMGAZ and the Chess Club Society "Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest are staging a double round robin tournament with six top GMs: the world's second highest ranked player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who at the age of 20 has an Elo rating of 2815. Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, currently the world's number five, rated 2776; Sergey Karjakin, former child prodigy and youngest GM of all time, now playing for Russia, rated 2776; top US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, clear winner of this year's Wijk aan Zee tournament; Teimour Radjabov, at 2744 one of Azerbaijan's top GMs, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player, currently rated 2659. The competition is taking place from June 11th to 22nd 2011 in Medias, Romania.

Round four results

Round 4: Tuesday, June 14, 15:30h
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Hikaru Nakamura 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk

Commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco

The fourth round of the Kings' Tournament brought three draws: for the first time there were no decisive games. The reason for it partly became clear at the press conference, where both Karjakin and Radjabov admitted that they are still feeling the tiredness after being in Kazan, where the Candidates matches were played (Radjabov as a player, Karjakin as Kramnik's second).

Today Karjakin achieved nothing against Carlsen's Caro-Kann. Moreover, at some point the Russian had to forget about his initial ambitions and play for a draw in an endgame with a pawn down. He succeeded it thanks to the activity of his pieces.


Former boy prodigy and youngest GM in history, Sergey Karjakin


Former boy prodigy and third youngest GM in history, Magnus Carlsen

Teimour Radjabov against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu implemented the bold Schliemann Gambit – a sharp opening variation, which the Azerbaijani GM plays from time to time. He had no problems to achieve equality with black and could even try to fight for advantage at some point.


US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, winner of the 2011 Tata Steel tournament


Perennial world-class GM Vassily Ivanchuk

Nakamura-Ivanchuk saw the Nimzo-Indian, where the Ukrainian chose a rare variation with Black, allowing Nakamura to achieve a promising position. However, with a timely pawn sac Ivanchuk traded queens and entered a rook endgame which he led very confidently to a draw.


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Schedule and results

Round 1: Saturday, June 11, 15:30h
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Hikaru Nakamura
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Round 2: Sunday, June 12, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura 
1-0
 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Round 3: Monday, June 13, 15:30h
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
1-0
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Hikaru Nakamura
Round 4: Tuesday, June 14, 15:30h
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Hikaru Nakamura 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Round 5: Wednesday, June 15, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Hikaru Nakamura
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
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Round 6: Friday, June 17, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Karjakin 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
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Round 7: Saturday, June 18, 15:30h
Sergey Karjakin 
   Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Hikaru Nakamura 
Magnus Carlsen 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
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Round 8: Sunday, June 19, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Sergey Karjakin
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Round 9: Monday, June 20, 15:30h
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Magnus Carlsen
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Round 10: Tuesday, June 21, 13:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Magnus Carlsen 
   Sergey Karjakin
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Hikaru Nakamura 
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