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Kramnik forges ahead

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Vladimir Kramnik outplayed Hikaru Nakamura in a simplified position and thus increased his lead. He now has 3½ after four rounds with Ruslan Ponomariov in second place on 2½. Le Quang Liem has drawn all four games and is equal third with Anish Giri.

The longest game of the day was Ponomariov's against the German Meier. He always had a nominal advantage, but with opposite bishops a draw was always on the cards.

In the other draw, there was another steady performance from Le Quang Liem, who gradually neutralized Anish Giri's slight pull.

Hikaru Nakamura had rook and bishop against rook and knight in a fairly balanced pseudo-endgame. He should then have allowed drawish simplification, rather than maintaining the tension, as Kramnik's pieces then took over. Another bad day for the US No.1.

Round 4 summary:

White Rating Result Black Rating Moves Openings details
Hikaru Nakamura 2770 0-1 Vladimir Kramnik 2781 47 Nimzoindian with g3
Ruslan Ponomariov  2764 ½-½ Georg Meier 2656 91 Nimzoindian Leningrad
Anish Giri 2701 ½-½ Le Quang Liem  2715 47 Neo-Grünfeld

The standings after the fourth round:

Rank Name Country Rating Kw Kb Pw Pb Lw Lb Gw Gb Nw Nb Mw Mb Points Perf.
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2781 * * 1 . ½ . . . . 1 . 1 3062
2 Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2764 . 0 * * . . 1 . . 1 ½ . 2½  2822
3-4 Le Quang Liem VIE 2715 . ½ . . * * . ½ ½ . . ½  2 2727
3-4 Anish Giri NED 2701 . . . 0 ½ . * * ½ . 1 . 2 2726
5 Hikaru Nakamura   USA 2770 0 . 0 . . ½  . ½  * * . . 1 2547
6 Georg Meier GER 2656 0 . . ½ ½ . . 0 . . * * 1 2547 

Schedule:

July 21st to 25th:  Rounds 1 to 5

July 26th: Rest day

July 27th to 30th: Rounds 6 to 9

July 31st: Round 10

The first nine rounds begin at 3pm local time (3pm Paris, 2pm London, 9am New York).

The final round will be two hours earlier.

The time limit is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 in 20, and finally 15 minutes for the remainder of the game. The players also receive an increment of 30 seconds per move.

Official site:  http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011 

Live games: http://schachtage.dokomserver.de/toma/live.htm 

The transmission is with a 30 minute delay in order to avoid any possibility of 'external influences affecting the players decisions'.


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