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Norway Chess 2016 - Round 4

GM Jon Speelman video recap 


Pos. Points Player Rating
1 3.0 Magnus Carlsen 2851
2-3 2.5 Vladimir Kramnik 2801
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2788
4-7 2.0 Anish Giri 2790
    Levon Aronian 2784
    Veselin Topalov 2754
    Li Chao 2755
8-9 1.5 Pavel Eljanov 2765
    Pentala Harikrishna 2763
10 1.0 Nils Grandelius 2649

Five draws in round 5 of the Norway Chess Tournament. However, it was a good round, with some interesting fights over the board. Giri said in an interview: "Now everything is back to normal, and I am back to making draws", showing a good sense of humor, after all the teasing about his record-breaking 14-round draws in the Candidates. His game against Aronian was pretty interesting, with the two top players fighting hard for an advantage. Such a game shows how stressful chess can be, what kind of pressure these young men are able to endure.

Kramnik survived to a brilliant MVL, in a very difficult game for the Russian ace.

Grandelius fought with a fierce attitude, and although it's not easy for the young Swedish GM to play with these monsters, he's already only half a point from doing better than Hammer at his debut in the Norway Tournament. Carlsen drew with the Chinese Li Chao, and was a bit upset at how the game went. In an interview after the game, the World Champion said: "Very few plays as shamelessly on a draw as Chao Li did today". Li Chao didn't play the most ambitious opening of his life, but who would try anything challenging against Magnus?

The standings remain unchanged after today's round, with Carlsen leading solo at 4/5, followed by Kramnik and MVL half a point behind. Tomorrow is the first rest day. Play resumes on Sunday at 10AM EDT - 16:00 CEST. ICC will have live commentary with IM Vojislav Milanovic and GM Max Dlugy.

Today we have again four winners in the GTR contest: Fork, Radja, ECP and nikenwidiartto. Well done!

the winner of the GOTD TRIVIA contest for Round 3 is DukeBishop. Congratulations!