Wijk R4: Radjabov and Topalov win

1/16/2007 – A marathon 75-move game between the tournament leader Teimour Radjabov and Dutch GM Sergey Tiviakov ended with a victory for the Azerbaijani, who maintained his lead in the table. Veselin Topalov played another precision game to annihilate Alexei Shirov, Kramnik was unable to overcome Navara's defence. Games, pictures and videos.

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Round 4

Radjabov and Tiviakov at the start of the longest game of the day

Teimour Radjabov, with a remarkable 3.5/4 start in Wijk

Armenian Super-GM Levon Aronian

Peter Svidler, Super-GM and cricket fian from St Petersburg

Another tough battle, Navara vs Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik pushed hard and long but only got a draw

The tensest game of the day: Alexei Shirov vs Veselin Topalov

Ruslan Ponomariov and Peter Svidler analysing

Russian journalist Yuriy Vasiliev interviewing Veselin Topalov in the press room

Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 16th
A. Motylev - L. Aronian ½-½
M. Carlsen - V. Anand ½-½
P. Svidler - R. Ponomariov ½-½
V. Kramnik - D. Navara ½-½
T. Radjabov - S. Tiviakov
V. Topalov - A. Shirov
L. van Wely - S. Karjakin ½-½
Round 5 - Thurs. Jan. 18th
S. Karjakin - A. Motylev  
A. Shirov - L. van Wely  
S. Tiviakov - V. Topalov  
D. Navara - T. Radjabov  
R. Ponomariov - V. Kramnik  
V. Anand - P. Svidler  
L. Aronian - M. Carlsen  

Standings after four rounds

Other sections

16-year-old Maxime Vachier-Lagrave analysing with Turkish GM Suat Atalik
(after beating him in round four). In the background: Ponomariov and Svidler.

GM Parimarjan Negi, who lost to WGM Nadezhda Kosintseva in round four

Group B Group C
Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 16th
D. Jakovenko - D. Stellwagen
E. L’Ami - V. Bologan
J. Smeets - J. Werle
M. Vachier-Lagrav - S. Atalik
P. Eljanov - B. Xiangzhi
T. Kosintseva - G. Sargissian
V. Georgiev - F. Nijboer
Round 4 - Tues. Jan. 16th
T. Willemze - E. van Haastert
Z. Peng - H. Jonkman
I. Nepomniachtchi - M. Bosboom
H. Yifan - E. Berg
W. Spoelman - J. van der Wiel
S. Brynell - M. Krasenkow
P. Negi - N. Kosintseva

Live audio commentary by Yasser Seirawan

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These video clips are provided by Peter Doggers of ChessVibes.

Topalov postmortem in the press room – 8:13 min

Topalov postmortem – part two


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