Norway Chess: Carlsen climbs to the shared lead

by Klaus Besenthal
6/4/2022 – Round 4 of the Norway Chess tournament was played on Friday. Magnus Carlsen won his classical against Anish Giri, and was awarded three points for his victory. Previously in the sole lead, Viswanathan Anand, playing with Black, had to settle for a draw against Wesley So before losing the Armageddon game. Anand received only one point in this round and is now sharing the lead with Carlsen. Round 5 will be played on Sunday after a rest day. | Photos: Lennart Ootes

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A memorable win

Carlsen’s game against Giri is unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry. The world champion's pressure on the diagonal a2-g8 was obvious, but objectively it did not seem to be a major factor. After a single mistake by Anish Giri, that was to change abruptly.


Magnus Carlsen’s impressive win over Anish Giri has catapulted him to the top of the table

Mamedyarov’s “triple” against Wang Hao, scored with the black pieces, was ultimately about the question of how to use one’s extra exchange to win in the endgame.


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is ranked 14th in the current world rankings

Standings after round 4

  Name Points
1 Viswanathan Anand
2 Magnus Carlsen
3 Wesley So
4 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 7
5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
6 Anish Giri 4
7 Veselin Topalov
8 Wang Hao 3
9 Aryan Tari 3
10 Teimour Radjabov 3

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.