The classical games of the fourth round of the World Chess Cup 2013 have been completed with four players securing qualification to the quarter-finals.
In a must-win situation after the yesterday’s loss, Vassily Ivanchuk tried to confuse Vladimir Kramnik with an unusual but somewhat passive opening setup. Former World Champion kept his cool and played natural developing moves.
The pieces were steadily traded and the position remained equal. Finally, Ivanchuk gave up his hopes and offered a draw. Kramnik is through to the 5th round.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov went all in against Gata Kamsky’s Gruenfeld Indian and tried to complicate the matters with an early h4-h5 advance.
The American Champion parried the threats on the open file and proceeded to open up the game around white king in the center. He found a cute maneuver Rb8-Rb2 and later gave up the whole rook on f2. The calculation was deep and reliable and black emerged with a perpetual check. Kamsky qualified for the quarter-final.
Julio Granda Zuniga tried to take Fabiano Caruana out of charted theory but the Italian star was ready for the challenge and even assumed an early initiative with the black pieces. Granda Zuniga put up a good fight but Caruana was ruthless and white resigned in face of a huge material loss. Caruana moves into the 5th round.
Black had huge problems with pieces’ coordination and white slowly increased the pressure. Around the time control Korobov snatched a pawn and then a whole piece. He duly converted the advantage. Two-times Ukrainian Champion goes to the next round.
The all-Russian matches Morozevich Alexander – Tomashevsky Evgeny and Andreikin Dmitry – Karjakin Sergey, as well as Le Quang Liem – Svidler Peter and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime – Gelfand Boris will be decided in rapid/blitz tie-breaks on Thursday.
Round 4 game 2 results:
Andreikin Dmitry – Karjakin Sergey ½-½
Caruana Fabiano – Granda Zuniga Julio 1-0
Ivanchuk Vassily – Kramnik Vladimir 0-1
Kamsky Gata – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 1-0
Le Quang Liem – Svidler Peter ½-½
Morozevich Alexander – Tomashevsky Evgeny ½-½
Nakamura Hikaru – Korobov Anton ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime – Gelfand Boris ½-½
Report by Goran Urosevic