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3rd Sinquefield Cup - Round 4 recap

Opening: E20: Nimzo-Indian: Kmoch variation

Player(s): So, Aronian

GM Larry Christiansen recaps Round 4. After three rounds with 10 decisive games out of 15, today we got only one win, but it was quite spectacular. Levon Aronian played amazingly well against the young American Wesley So, in what Larry defined a crushing attacking game. Levon was asked "When can you play scintillating games with the black pieces?" He replied, with his usual wit: "Only when your opponents forget to develop their pieces!". But it was not only that. Aronian today looked much like the player who had been chasing Magnus Carlsen at the top of the rating list for months, when all of us used to call him Mr. number-two. The World Champion said "So far it's a different Levon than what we've been seeing recently." Nakamura and MVL fought in a difficult and interesting game, reaching a draw position after 51 moves and a long struggle. The other three games were normal - if you can call normal games at this level - draws. After 4 rounds, Aronian joins Topalov on top with 3 points, followed by Carlsen and Giri with 2.5, then Nakamura and MVL with 2, So and Grischuk with 1.5 and at the bottom of the list Anand and Caruana, with 1 point.

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