Тhe Round Named After Ostap Bender

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Morozevich and Radjabov continue sharing lead after a thrilling playing day

All games of Round 4 of the Tal Memorial held in the Pashkov house after a free day started with Ostap Bender's favourite move: 1.e2-e4!

Despite a small number of decisive game - only Fabiano Caruana managed to beat Evgeny Tomashevsky who wasn't ready for the variant played by his rival - the playing day turned out to be interesting.

In the encounter of the leaders Teimour Radjabov played a rare line of the Spanish Game against Alexander Morozevich. The Russian player got better chances, however, eventually the Azerbaijani player managed to equalize the position. Both players have 3 points out of 4 and continue sharing the lead.

Aronian was lucky to escape Kramnik on a draw by demonstrating a new conception in the old opening of four knights game. Armenian player gave our correspondent Elena Klimets an exclusive audio commentary.

"The top game of the day" Magnus Carlsen - Alexander Grischuk finished in a draw after repetition of moves. Both players evaluated their chances as favorable in the complications, but the time trouble decided the result forcing the rivals to agree to a draw. This encounter will surely be analyzed deeply by the specialized media.

McShane - Nakamura was last to end. American played the Scheveningen system line which isn't beneficial for black, so he got a worse position much alike the examples known before (but probably unknown for him). McShane played innacurately missing the advantage and was forced to hold a theoretically drawn rook endgame with two pawns against three kingside pawns. 

Thirsty for a win 
Nakamura exhausted the spectators for the second time during the tournament

We've covered Round 4 of the Tal Memorial on our Twitter page. 

Tal Memorial, round 4. 1.e4 in all games! Kramnik is again playing Four Knights against Aronian. Leaders Morozevich & Radjabov have Spanish.

There are two more Spanish games: Carlsen-Grischuk, Caruana-Tomashevsky. The only Sicilian of the day (Scheveningen): McShane-Nakamura.

Kramnik-Aronian: 10.h3!? (D). It's not a novelty, but there are less than 10 games (not at high level) in the database. http://twitpic.com/9vlxle

Kramnik-Aronian: 11.Qf3 c6 12.Bf4! - novelty (D). Kramnik may think it's not easy to equalise with Black http://twitpic.com/9vm1a9

Morozevich-Radjabov, 11.b3!?. A rare variation of the Spanish. There's one game on this topic: Relange-Benjamin, 1998. http://twitpic.com/9vm8dm

Caruana-Tomashevsky 16.Qe2. The position happened several times before, including among the top players. http://twitpic.com/9vmcc5

Kramnik-Aronian 17.Qe3!. Black hasn't achieved full equality and he's a bit worse. e4 pawn is restricting own bishop. http://twitpic.com/9vmfnv

Morozevich-Radjabov 12.Ba3 a novelty. Now position is unlikely to be too dangerous for Black but he still needs to be precise.

Carlsen-Grischuk Taking the bishop with a pawn 14.gxf3 looks surprising: as if he's not familiar with Winter-Capablanca http://twitpic.com/9vmiy9

Carlsen-Grischuk. Still, Black has several weaknesses, all isn't that simple. 15...Nd4 is a bit suspect, the knight can be attacked with c3.

Caruana-Tomashevsky (D) 18...c4. The pawn sacrifice happened before. Black spent a lot of time on known moves. http://twitpic.com/9vmlo5
McShane-Nakamura, 12...Na5 (D). Black allowed dangerous 13.e5! and McShane played that. It's a well-known variation. http://twitpic.com/9vmoxp
Caruana-Tomashevsky: 19...Rb7 a novelty. Black is planning ...Rbd7 excluding the bishop b1 from play. Complex position!http://twitpic.com/9vms3x
Morozevich-Radjabov 16.Nc3. White achieved a small long-term advantage, Black may suffer as a prospect. http://twitpic.com/9vmtn8

McShane-Nakamura: 18.Qd4. White is better. The position happened, for example, in the game Kasimdzhanov - Dao (rapid, 2006).

Morozevich-Radjabov 18...axb3. Grandmaster Sergei Rublevsky, "Radjabov's position is very unpleasant [strategically]". http://twitpic.com/9vn6vb 
Still, Radjabov has good chances of a draw - M.G. screenshot http://online.russiachess.org http://twitpic.com/9vn876
McShane-Nakamura 18...d5 (avoided Dao's way) White used 3 different moves here, all quite interesting. Luke is thinking http://twitpic.com/9vn9u2
Kramnik-Aronian: 23.Bd6. Black is obviously suffering in this game, but there are still drawing chances. http://twitpic.com/9vncc9
McShane-Nakamura 18...Qc8. After more than 2.5 hours of play we've reached novelty in this game. Black's clearly worse. http://twitpic.com/9vne52

Carlsen-Grischuk 23...a5. Sergei Rublevsky started to like Black's position more. Houdini doesn't agree yet.

McShane-Nakamura 21.c4! White's increasing the pressure. Black would lose exchange if he takes on c4 (the idea Nс5-d7).

Caruana-Tomashevsky: after 24.Nc4 (D) Black's worse. To add, Russian decided to sac exchange: 24...Qc7?! http://twitpic.com/9vnob4
Morozevich-Radjabov 23.Qe3 (D). It's hard for White to activate knight, Black's ok. c6!? has been played (idea a5-a4). http://twitpic.com/9vnqf9
Caruana at press conference, "21.h3! was an important move to stop Ng4. After which, I think, Rd6? is decisive mistake" http://twitpic.com/9vnsgj

Morozevich-Radjabov: the Azeri grandmaster didn't play 24...c5!?, but preferred planned 24...a5, 25...a4. He should hold without a problem.

Kramnik-Aronian 1/2. Vladimir's explaining at press conference - only chance for White in this opening var. is not to put the bishop on g5.

Carlsen-Grischuk is most unclear game! After 25.Rxa5 h4 (D) White loses bishop. Magnus played Ng4!?; there was a choice.

Kramnik, "Upset that I wasted a significant advantage in this way."

Kramnik, "Black's position was difficult. I wanted to have comfortable win. Underestimated 23...Rd7!, after which position's close to draw"

Aronian, "I thought that 21.c4 wasn't necessary... It was lucky that Volodya allowed 23...Rd7". He also criticised own move 12...Bd7.

Kramnik, "I can't say that I missed a win. But, of course, it wasn't necessary to miss Rd7". Shows that White had many ideas.

Kramnik, "There were so many options to choose from..."

Carlsen-Grischuk: the fight is indescribably complex. Magnus played 30.Qh3. It was also possible to try 30.f4!?  http://twitpic.com/9vo09x

Nakamura meanwhile used McShane's inaccuracies & after 29...Rad8 is no worse. It's probably draw, & even more likely in Morozevich-Radjabov.

Morozevich - Radjabov 1/2.

Carlsen's in time-trouble too, in a very unclear position. He again (on move 32) didn't play f3-f4. Live transmission: http://online.russiachess.org/#2012/06/tal2012/round4/Carlsen:Grischuk

Carlsen - Grischuk: 33.f4!. The culmination and  a mutual time trouble. (Screenshot from the official transmission) http://twitpic.com/9vo8ym

Carlsen-Grischuk 1/2 via repetition

Nakamura has an extra pawn in a rook endgame. Having exchanged the queenside pawns, McShane should hold. The game, likely, will take a while.

Carlsen-Grischuk press conference has started: http://online.russiachess.org http://twitpic.com/9voer8

Grischuk at the press conference: "Both rivals overestimated their chances" [during the game]. The players showed a bunch of the complicated variations. 

Instead of Bd5 at the press conference was showed: f4Nxf4 32 Bxf4Qxf4 33 Nf3f6 34 Rg4Ra1+ 35 Kg2Nh5 36 Nxh4 (36...Qc1! 37 Kf3= CN)

.......... McShane - Nakamura 1/2 Playing until stalmate. 

[Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C88"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, anti-Marshall 8.a4"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "5"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 b4 9. d3 d6 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. c3 Rb8 13. d4 Qc7 14. dxe5 dxe5 15. Nc4 Rd8 16. Qe2 b3 17. Nxa5 Qxa5 18. Bb1 c4 19. Qxc4 Rb7 20. Qe2 Rbd7 21. h3 Rd6 22. Be3 h6 23. Nd2 Be6 24. Nc4 Qc7 25. Nxd6 Qxd6 26. a5 Rd7 27. c4 Qb4 28. Bd3 Bc5 29. Red1 Rc7 30. Bxc5 Qxc5 31. Qe1 Kf8 32. Qc3 1-0 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.12"] [Round "4"] [White "McShane, Luke J"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B84"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Scheveningen (Paulsen), classical variation"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "4"] 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 Bd7 12. Nb3 Na5 13. e5 Ne8 14. Nxa5 Qxa5 15. Ne4 Qc7 16. a5 Bc6 17. Bb6 Qb8 18. Qd4 d5 19. Nc5 Qc8 20. Bf3 g6 21. c4 Ng7 22. cxd5 exd5 23. Rac1 Bd8 24. Rfd1 Ne6 25. Qd2 Bxb6 26. axb6 Qd8 27. Bxd5 Nxc5 28. Rxc5 Qxb6 29. b4 Rad8 30. Qe1 Bxd5 31. Rcxd5 Rxd5 32. Rxd5 Rc8 33. h3 Qe6 34. Rd4 h5 35. Kh2 Qf5 36. Qh4 Kg7 37. Rd6 Rc4 38. Qf6+ Qxf6 39. exf6+ Kh6 40. Rb6 Rxf4 41. Rxb7 Rxf6 42. b5 axb5 43. Rxb5 Rf4 44. Kg3 g5 45. Rb6+ Kg7 46. Kh2 Ra4 47. Kg1 Ra3 48. Kf2 f6 49. Rb7+ Kg6 50. Rb5 Ra2+ 51. Kf1 Rd2 52. Ra5 h4 53. Rb5 f5 54. Rb6+ Kf7 55. Ra6 Rd4 56. Kf2 Re4 57. Rb6 Re6 58. Rb5 Kf6 59. Ra5 Rd6 60. Ra2 Ke5 61. Re2+ Kf4 62. Ra2 Rd4 63. Rb2 Rd3 64. Ra2 g4 65. Ra4+ Kg5 66. hxg4 fxg4 67. Ra5+ Kf4 68. Ra4+ Kf5 69. Ra5+ Ke4 70. Ra4+ Rd4 71. Rxd4+ Kxd4 72. Ke2 Ke4 73. Ke1 Kd3 74. Kf1 Kd2 75. Kf2 g3+ 76. Kg1 Ke1 77. Kh1 h3 78. Kg1 h2+ 79. Kh1 Kf2 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C47"] [Opening "Four knights"] [Variation "Scotch, 4...exd4"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "2"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O d5 9. exd5 cxd5 10. h3 Re8 11. Qf3 c6 12. Bf4 Bd7 13. a3 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Ne4 15. Rfe1 Qf6 16. Bxe4 dxe4 17. Qe3 Be6 18. Rad1 Qf5 19. Rd4 f6 20. Rb1 Bd5 21. c4 Bf7 22. Rb7 Rad8 23. Bd6 Rd7 24. Rxd7 Qxd7 25. Bc5 Qb7 26. Rxe4 Rxe4 27. Qxe4 Qb1+ 28. Kh2 Qb8+ 29. g3 Qa8 30. Bd6 Qe8 31. Qxe8+ Bxe8 32. Kg2 Bg6 33. Kf3 Bxc2 34. Ke3 Kf7 35. Kd4 Ke6 36. Kc5 Bd3 37. Bb8 a6 38. h4 h5 39. Kxc6 Bxc4 40. Kc5 Bb5 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C80"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "open, 6.d4"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 Be7 7. Re1 b5 8. Rxe4 d5 9. Nxe5 Nxe5 10. Rxe5 bxa4 11. b3 O-O 12. Ba3 Bxa3 13. Nxa3 Qd6 14. Nb1 f6 15. Re3 Bd7 16. Nc3 Rfe8 17. Rxe8+ Rxe8 18. Qd2 axb3 19. axb3 Qb4 20. h3 Bb5 21. Re1 Rxe1+ 22. Qxe1 Kf7 23. Qe3 c6 24. Nb1 a5 25. Nd2 a4 26. bxa4 Bxa4 27. c3 Qb2 28. Kh2 Bb5 29. Nf3 g5 30. Ng1 Qc2 31. Qg3 Qe4 32. Nf3 h6 33. Qc7+ Kg6 34. Qd6 Kf7 35. Qc7+ Kg6 36. Qd6 Kf7 37. Qc7+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.12"] [Round "4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C84"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed defence"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "3"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 b4 9. Nbd2 Bc5 10. Nc4 d6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Bg4 13. Ne3 Bxf3 14. gxf3 g5 15. Bg3 Nd4 16. Bc4 Nh5 17. c3 bxc3 18. bxc3 Ne6 19. Rb1 Nhg7 20. Bd5 Rc8 21. Kh1 Kh8 22. Rg1 Qf6 23. Bc4 a5 24. Rb5 h5 25. Rxa5 h4 26. Ng4 Qe7 27. Qf1 Ra8 28. Rxc5 dxc5 29. Nxe5 Qf6 30. Qh3 Rxa4 31. Bd5 Ra6 32. Bc4 Rd6 33. f4 Nxf4 34. Bxf4 Qxf4 35. Nf3 Rg6 36. Rg4 Qc1+ 37. Rg1 Qf4 38. Rg4 Qc1+ 39. Rg1 Qf4 40. Rg4 Qc1+ 1/2-1/2 


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