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Four players share the lead in Reykjavik

The strong open at Reykjavik is already heating up. The match-ups of the 4th round were more balanced and the games more fighting. Four players kept their perfect score and now share the lead: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Pavel Eljanov, Yu Yangyi and Grzegorz Gajewski.

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There were some battles that finished rather quickly given the quality of the players.

GM David Navara bounced back from his two draws against lower rated players with a 28-move win against IM Robert Ris. The Czech super-GM went for a direct kingside attack against the Grunfeld. First, he sacrificed his bishop for two pawns on the 15th move, then Ris made a big blunder and Navara was able to show a nice tactical sequence to win the game.

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave just needed 24 moves to get his fourth straight victory. Dutch GM Erwin L’Ami chose the Caro-Kann Defense and took way too long to develop his kingside. Maxime exchanged the queens in a very favorable position and went for a central attack. In the final position, the French GM has the initiative and has recovered all the sacrificed material.

The beginning of round 4

Pavel Eljanov defeated GM Kveinys Aloyzas from Lithuania with the white pieces. The Ukrainian used his queenside play effectively and got a passed pawn on the a-file. When a queen trade was unavoidable, the Lithuanian resigned understanding that the rest was just a matter of technique.

Yu Yangyi’s victory was of a different nature. His rival, American GM Yuri Shulman, chose the French Opening and went for a very tactical line where he keeps his king in the center. The Chinese attacked his brave opponent from all flanks until the black position became way too vulnerable even for the talented Shulman. The game finished after 33 moves in a position where white is about to get a rook advantage.

Yu Yangyi

GM Grzegorz Gajewski was the last player to get a perfect score, after defeating IM Andrew Muir, who had already upset a GM in the second round. It took 74 moves for the Polish to get his victory. Muir arrived to an almost equal endgame, but his more experienced rival managed to outplay him. Gajewski will play against Yu Yangyi in tomorrow’s round.

Standings after 4 rounds:

1 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 4.0
2 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 4.0
3 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 4.0
4 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 4.0
5 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 3.5
GM So Wesley PHI 2684 3.5
7 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 3.5
8 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 3.5
GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 3.5
10 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 3.5
11 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 3.5
12 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 3.5
13 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 3.5
14 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 3.5
15 IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 3.5
16 IM Muir Andrew J Mr SCO 2313 3.0
17 GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 3.0
18 GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 3.0
19 IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 3.0
20 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 3.0
21 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 3.0
IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 3.0
23 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 3.0
24 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 3.0
25 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 3.0
GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 3.0
27 IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 3.0
28 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 3.0
29 FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 3.0
30 GM Navara David CZE 2710 3.0
31 IM Krush Irina USA 2460 3.0
32 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 3.0
GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 3.0
34 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 3.0
35 GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 3.0
36 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 3.0
37 IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 3.0
38 IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 3.0
IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 3.0
IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 3.0
41 IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 3.0
42 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 3.0
43 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 3.0
FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 3.0
45 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 3.0
46 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 3.0
47 Helin Mikael SWE 1910 3.0
48 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 3.0
49 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 3.0
50 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 3.0
51 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 3.0
IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 3.0
53 IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 3.0
54 NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 3.0
IM Miedema David - NED 2364 3.0
56 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 2.5
57 Beeke Bob NED 2257 2.5
58 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 2.5
59 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 2.5
60 IM Ris Robert NED 2407 2.5
61 Wang Yiye CHN 2226 2.5
62 IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 2.5
63 IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 2.5
64 GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 2.5
65 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 2.5
66 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 2.5
67 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 2.5
68 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 2.5
69 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 2.5
70 WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 2.5
71 Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 2.5
72 Karason Askell O ISL 2235 2.5
73 FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 2.5
Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 2.5
75 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 2.5
76 WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 2.5
77 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 2.5
78 IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 2.5
79 Drill Frank GER 2124 2.5
80 IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 2.5
81 FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 2.5
Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 2.5
Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 2.5
84 Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 2.5
WCM Roberts Lynda WLS 1903 2.5
86 WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 2.5
87 Raddatz Michael GER 2075 2.5
88 Leimeister Winfried GER 1909 2.5
89 FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 2.0
90 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 2.0
91 Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 2.0
92 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 2.0
93 Jensen Soren DEN 1909 2.0
94 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 2.0
95 Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 2.0
96 FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 2.0
WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 2.0
98 WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 2.0
Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 2.0
100 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 2.0
Tari Aryan NOR 2263 2.0
FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 2.0
103 Bird Andrew AUS 2223 2.0
104 FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 2.0
Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 2.0
106 Heerde Thomas GER 2053 2.0
107 Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 2.0
108 Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 2.0
Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 2.0
110 Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 2.0
111 Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1873 2.0
112 FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 2.0
113 Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 2.0
114 FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 2.0
115 Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 2.0
116 Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1870 2.0
117 Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 2.0
118 FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 2.0
119 Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 2.0
120 Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 2.0
CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 2.0
Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 2.0
123 Frick Renato LIE 2075 2.0
Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 2.0
125 Johansen Stian NOR 2090 2.0
Doell Detlef GER 2044 2.0
127 Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 2.0
Maggason Oskar Mason ISL 1903 2.0
129 Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 2.0
130 Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 2.0
Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 2.0
Merkesvik Sondre NOR 1903 2.0
Klug Christian GER 1894 2.0
134 Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 2.0
135 Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 2.0
136 Michel Steve NED 2008 2.0
Schadd Jan NED 0 2.0
138 Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 2.0
139 Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1853 2.0
140 Jablon Stephen USA 1896 2.0
141 Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 2.0
142 Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 1.5
WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 1.5
144 Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 1.5
145 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 1.5
Isaksson Per SWE 2016 1.5
147 Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 1.5
Herda Christoph Dr. GER 1915 1.5
Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1872 1.5
150 Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 1.5

 

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