Morelia R4: Anand, Carlsen win, Anand leads in Morelia

2/22/2007 – Alexander Morozevich played an excellent game, holding out against Vishy Anand's aggressive intentions until just before the first time control. There the Russian GM lost track, an important pawn and eventually the game. Meanwhile Magnus Carlsen scored a fighting 60-move black win against Vassily Ivanchuk. Pictures and videos.

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Round four

Round 4: Wednesday, February 21st

Peter Leko 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Vishy Anand 
1-0
 Alex. Morozevich
Vassily Ivanchuk 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Peter Svidler

Round 5: Thursday, February 22nd

Peter Svidler 
   Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen 
   Veselin Topalov
Alex. Morozevich 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Levon Aronian 
   Vishy Anand
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Standings after four rounds

Analysis of the round four games by GM Mihail Marin to follow in a separate report.


Picture gallery

At the start of the games the photographers have five minutes on the stage to do their thing. Initially members of the public also stormed the stage, but since round two only journalists with badges are allowed.


Up close: Peter Leko


Veselin Topalov, former FIDE world champion from Bulgaria


Vishy Anand, India, also a former FIDE world champion


Magnus Carlsen, the 16-year-old chess wonder from Norway


The journalists clear the stage (reluctantly) and the serious work can begin


In the audience: GM Vladimir Potkin, the second of Aronian, GM Arshak Petrosian, Peter Leko's second, and Sophie Leko, Peter's wife and Arshak's daughter. If you have done your math that makes Peter Arshak's son-in-law.


Veselin Topalov in a typical pose when in full concentration mode


Anand was horrified by the result of his opening play in this game


Vassily Ivanchuk seems to share Anand's skepticism over White's position


Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, Topalov vs Svidler (who is taking a break)


Both Peter Leko and Levon Aronian have yet to draw blood in this tournament


A view of the stage from the lofty heights second balcony...


... and a bird's eye view of the stage and the players below


Ivanchuk and Carlsen, each in their own typical thinking pose


Anand once again examines his nails while Morozevich ponders his move


Armenian top GM Levon Aronian, today in his trademark white suit


Peter Svidler making a move to hold Topalov to a solid draw


The press room, where journalists from all over the world congregate


Pilar Molina, press officer from Spain, and Aruna Anand, chess wife from, in animated conversation. The discussion lasted, with short breaks, for over four hours.


Vladimir Potkin, Aronian's second, jovially fraternizing with the enemy: Peter Svidler and his second, Alexander Motylev.


Vova and Alex, friends indeed

Pictures by Frederic Friedel

Video by Nadja Woisin


Schedule and results

Round 1: Saturday, February 17th

Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Alex. Morozevich

Round 2: Sunday, February 18th

Peter Leko 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Vishy Anand 
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Veselin Topalov

Round 3: Monday, February 19th

Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Magnus Carlsen 
0-1
 Vishy Anand
Alex. Morozevich 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Free day: Tuesday, February 20th

Round 4: Wednesday, February 21st

Peter Leko 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Vishy Anand 
1-0
 Alex. Morozevich
Vassily Ivanchuk 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Peter Svidler

Round 5: Thursday, February 22nd

Peter Svidler 
   Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen 
   Veselin Topalov
Alex. Morozevich 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Levon Aronian 
   Vishy Anand
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Free day: Friday, February 23rd

Round 6: Saturday, February 24th

Magnus Carlsen 
   Peter Leko
Alex. Morozevich 
   Peter Svidler
Levon Aronian
   Veselin Topalov
Vishy Anand 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
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Round 7: Sunday, February 25th

Peter Leko  
   Vishy Anand
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Levon Aronian
Veselin Topalov 
   Alex. Morozevich
Peter Svidler 
   Magnus Carlsen
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Transfer to Linares, Spain

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