Caruana beats Tomashevsky in 4th round Tal Memorial
In the only decisive game of the round, Fabiano Caruana beat Evgeny Tomashevsky on Tuesday to get back to a 50% score at the Tal Memorial in Moscow. The two leaders, Alexander Morozevich and Teimour Radjabov, drew their game and so did all the others. The most exciting encounter was the one between Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk, where "both players seemed to be overestimating their position" (Grischuk).
An easy win for Fabiano Caruana in round 4 | Images by Eteri Kublashvil & Vladimir Barsky / video stream, courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation
After the first rest day, play resumed on Tuesday with the 4th round of the Tal Memorial. Not much changed in the standings because only one game ended decisively: Fabiano Caruana had an easy day against Evgeny Tomashevsky. Co-leaders Alexander Morozevich and Teimour Radjabov remained at the top because Vladimir Kramnik also drew his game against Levon Aronian.
The opening in Caruana-Tomashevsky was a Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall. From what the Italian explained at the press conference after the game, we may conclude that both players were not aware of the fact that they were actually following a game Cheparinov-Aronian (Sofia 2008) for 19 moves.
Here Tomashevsky went 19...Rb7?! (which was the novelty) and quickly got into trouble. Aronian's 19...Bc5 looks better.
Even without knowing the theory, Caruana beat Tomashevsky quite easily
It was more surprising how little Luke McShane and Hikaru Nakamura knew about their opening. After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 a6 7. f4 Qc7 8. O-O Be7 9. Kh1 O-O 10. a4 Nc6 11. Be3 a tabiya of the Sicilian Scheveningen was reached.
This position has become famous because of the many Karpov-Kasparov games in the 80s, and some Anand-Kasparov games in the 90s. However, at the press conference Nakamura said that he felt he was "in a bit of trouble"! Apparently he didn't spend much time on the Scheveningen when he was working with The Boss...
Nakamura, not disturbed by Scheveningen knowledge
After 11...Bd7 12.Nb3 Na5?! McShane thought for a long time.
McShane, thinking or trying to remember the answer to 12...Na5.
Eventually the Englishman found the theoretical move 13.e5!. White kept an advantage for a while, but eventually he let it slip away. In the end it was Nakamura who had the better end of a rook ending, but it was probably always a draw.
The reason that such strong players knew so little about a well-known position is probably because both of them entered unknown territory. McShane surprised his opponent by going for the Open Sicilian, and Nakamura usually plays the Najdorf. Besides, the Classical Schevening hasn't been topical at top level for many years. Needless to say, both players are so strong that they don't really need to know everything.
Better safe than sorry: Kramnik gives his mobile phone to arbiter Filipowicz before the start of the round
Like in their match in Zurich, Vladimir Kramnik opened with 1.e4 againt Levon Aronian. Again it was a Scotch Four Knights, but this time with 5...Bb4 where the Armenian had played 5...Bc5 before. Kramnik came up with a relatively new setup and held some advantage, but by sacrificing a pawn, Aronian held the draw thanks to the presence of opposite-coloured bishops.
Kramnik and Aronian after the game
Teimour Radjabov played a rare line in the Closed Ruy Lopez: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 Be7!?. It's a tricky move-order which the Azerbaijani had also tried at the World Cup last year. His opponent Alexander Morozevich followed a very positional strategy in which he ended up with a knight against a light-squared bishop, while Black had his pawns on d5 and c6. At move 35 the players started repeating moves.
Magnus Carlsen drew his 4th game in a row, but against Alexander Grischuk he certainly went for more. Afterwards he tweeted:
White vs Grischuk today. Felt I had an advantage in a very complicated middlegame. Got out of hand and was happy to force a draw at the end
Grischuk had two nice quotes at the press conference:
I was always trying to count the amount of pawns.
Both players were overestimating their position.
In the fifth round, the world's number 1 and 2 will face the co-leaders: it's Radjabov vs Carlsen and Aronian vs Morozevich.
Tal Memorial 2012 | Schedule & pairings
|Round 1||08.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 2||09.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 3||10.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 4||12.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 5||13.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 6||14.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 7||16.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 8||17.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 9||18.06.12||11:00 CET|
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