Round 4 of FIDECandidates became the first all-draws day!

Round 4 of FIDECandidates became the first all-draws day! Fabiano Caruana & especially MVL missed winning opportunities. Standings remain the same – Nepomniachtchi, Vachier-Lagrave & Wang Hao are still in the lead with 2.5 out of 4.

Candidates Chess Tournament 2020 2020-03-17 – 2020-04-04 info live results pgn 

White Evaluation Black
1
 GM Caruana, F. (1½) 2842
½ – ½
 GM Nepomniachtc. (2) 2774
2
 GM Wang, Hao (2) 2762
½ – ½
 GM Alekseenko (1) 2698
3
 GM Vachier-Lagr. (2) 2767
½ – ½
 GM Grischuk, A. (1½) 2777
4
 GM Ding, Liren (1) 2805
½ – ½
 GM Giri, Anish (1) 2763

In the last hour of play in the fourth round of the #FIDECandidates, Ian Nepomniachtchi was trying hard to keep his hair in check.

[Event “FIDE Candidates 2020”]
[Site “Berlin GER”]
[Date “2020.03.21”]
[Round “4.1”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D87”]
[Opening “Gruenfeld”]
[Variation “exchange, Spassky variation”]
[EventDate “2020.03.17”]

1. d4 { [%clk 01:41:05] } 1… Nf6 { [%clk 01:41:04] } 2. c4 { [%clk
01:42:00] } 2… g6 { [%clk 01:41:29] } 3. Nc3 { [%clk 01:41:49] } 3… d5
{ [%clk 01:41:53] } 4. cxd5 { [%clk 01:42:15] } 4… Nxd5 { [%clk 01:42:15]
} 5. e4 { [%clk 01:42:40] } 5… Nxc3 { [%clk 01:42:40] } 6. bxc3 { [%clk
01:43:06] } 6… Bg7 { [%clk 01:43:04] } 7. Bc4 { [%clk 01:43:17] } 7… c5
{ [%clk 01:43:19] } 8. Ne2 { [%clk 01:43:42] } 8… O-O { [%clk 01:41:53] }
9. O-O { [%clk 01:42:32] } 9… Nc6 { [%clk 01:42:19] } 10. Be3 { [%clk
01:42:51] } 10… b6 { [%clk 01:41:50] } 11. Qd2 { [%clk 01:41:58] } 11…
Bb7 { [%clk 01:39:09] } 12. Rfd1 { [%clk 01:42:18] } 12… cxd4 { [%clk
01:34:33] } 13. cxd4 { [%clk 01:39:36] } 13… Rc8 { [%clk 01:34:57] } 14.
Rac1 { [%clk 01:39:45] } 14… Na5 { [%clk 01:34:20] } 15. Bd3 { [%clk
01:40:23] } 15… Qd7 { [%clk 01:34:02] } 16. h4 { [%clk 01:39:23] } 16…
Rxc1 { [%clk 01:31:01] } 17. Rxc1 { [%clk 01:39:29] } 17… Rc8 { [%clk
01:31:26] } 18. h5 { [%clk 01:39:29] } 18… Rxc1+ { [%clk 01:24:09] } 19.
Qxc1 { [%clk 01:39:43] } 19… Qc8 { [%clk 01:24:44] } 20. h6 { [%clk
01:39:56] } 20… Bf8 { [%clk 01:24:13] } 21. d5 { [%clk 01:36:28] } 21…
e6 { [%clk 01:22:46] } 22. Nc3 { [%clk 01:32:26] } 22… Nc4 { [%clk
01:10:12] } 23. Bxc4 { [%clk 01:19:18] } 23… Qxc4 { [%clk 01:09:55] } 24.
Qd2 { [%clk 01:19:06] } 24… exd5 { [%clk 00:59:47] } 25. Nxd5 { [%clk
01:15:36] } 25… Bxd5 { [%clk 00:59:51] } 26. exd5 { [%clk 01:16:28] }
26… Qb4 { [%clk 01:00:13] } 27. Qd3 { [%clk 00:57:25] } 27… Qa3 { [%clk
00:44:24] } 28. Qc2 { [%clk 00:45:31] } 28… Qa5 { [%clk 00:39:13] } 29.
Qd1 { [%clk 00:41:25] } 29… Bd6 { [%clk 00:14:53] } 30. g3 { [%clk
00:41:25] } 30… Kf8 { [%clk 00:13:24] } 31. Qf3 { [%clk 00:23:35] } 31…
Qe1+ { [%clk 00:10:25] } 32. Kg2 { [%clk 00:21:45] } 32… f5 { [%clk
00:10:48] } 33. g4 { [%clk 00:18:30] } 33… Qb1 { [%clk 00:11:11] } 34.
Bd4 { [%clk 00:17:12] } 34… Kf7 { [%clk 00:10:01] } 35. Qe3 { [%clk
00:14:37] } 35… Qe4+ { [%clk 00:10:14] } 36. Qxe4 { [%clk 00:15:02] }
36… fxe4 { [%clk 00:10:36] } 37. f3 { [%clk 00:15:12] } 37… exf3+ {
[%clk 00:10:22] } 38. Kxf3 { [%clk 00:15:36] } 38… Ke7 { [%clk 00:09:49]
} 39. Ke4 { [%clk 00:15:00] } 39… Kd7 { [%clk 00:10:24] } 40. a4 { [%clk
00:08:09] } 40… Bc7 { [%clk 00:07:30] } 41. Be3 { [%clk 00:03:57] } 41…
a6 { [%clk 00:02:04] } 42. Bd2 { [%clk 00:41:04] } 42… b5 { [%clk
00:51:26] } 43. axb5 { [%clk 00:40:58] } 43… axb5 { [%clk 00:51:52] } 44.
Kd4 { [%clk 00:41:47] } 44… Bb6+ { [%clk 00:36:17] } 45. Kd3 { [%clk
00:36:07] } 45… Bc5 { [%clk 00:33:43] } 46. Bc3 { [%clk 00:36:25] } 46…
Ba3 { [%clk 00:30:37] } 47. Bg7 { [%clk 00:35:34] } 47… Bc5 { [%clk
00:30:51] } 48. Bc3 { [%clk 00:35:46] } 48… Bf8 { [%clk 00:29:54] } 49.
Bg7 { [%clk 00:35:36] } 49… Be7 { [%clk 00:30:21] } 50. Kd4 { [%clk
00:33:47] } 50… Bd6 { [%clk 00:30:46] } 51. Bf6 { [%clk 00:33:48] } 51…
Kc7 { [%clk 00:30:48] } 52. Bg5 { [%clk 00:33:19] } 52… Kb6 { [%clk
00:29:38] } 53. Bd8+ { [%clk 00:33:01] } 53… Ka6 { [%clk 00:29:36] } 54.
Kd3 { [%clk 00:33:15] } 54… Bf8 { [%clk 00:24:45] } 55. Kd4 { [%clk
00:32:25] } 55… Bd6 { [%clk 00:24:42] } 1/2-1/2

[Event “FIDE Candidates 2020”]
[Site “Berlin GER”]
[Date “2020.03.21”]
[Round “4.2”]
[White “Wang Hao”]
[Black “Alekseenko, Kirill”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D78”]
[Opening “Neo-Gruenfeld, 6.O-O c6”]
[EventDate “2020.03.17”]

1. Nf3 { [%clk 01:41:06] } 1… d5 { [%clk 01:40:35] } 2. g3 { [%clk
01:41:29] } 2… g6 { [%clk 01:40:02] } 3. Bg2 { [%clk 01:41:49] } 3… Bg7
{ [%clk 01:40:23] } 4. d4 { [%clk 01:42:00] } 4… Nf6 { [%clk 01:40:35] }
5. O-O { [%clk 01:41:41] } 5… O-O { [%clk 01:40:55] } 6. c4 { [%clk
01:41:51] } 6… c6 { [%clk 01:40:57] } 7. Nbd2 { [%clk 01:36:50] } 7… a5
{ [%clk 01:35:19] } 8. b3 { [%clk 01:36:39] } 8… Bf5 { [%clk 01:30:07] }
9. Bb2 { [%clk 01:30:20] } 9… a4 { [%clk 01:19:38] } 10. bxa4 { [%clk
01:29:58] } 10… Qa5 { [%clk 01:16:06] } 11. Qb3 { [%clk 01:28:25] } 11…
Nbd7 { [%clk 01:14:49] } 12. cxd5 { [%clk 01:23:58] } 12… cxd5 { [%clk
01:12:06] } 13. Rfc1 { [%clk 01:22:52] } 13… Ra6 { [%clk 00:51:56] } 14.
e3 { [%clk 01:11:47] } 14… Qxa4 { [%clk 00:43:05] } 15. Bf1 { [%clk
01:07:49] } 15… Qxb3 { [%clk 00:41:33] } 16. axb3 { [%clk 00:42:56] }
16… Rxa1 { [%clk 00:41:07] } 17. Rxa1 { [%clk 00:36:41] } 17… Nb6 {
[%clk 00:39:31] } 18. Ra7 { [%clk 00:35:33] } 18… Rb8 { [%clk 00:39:48] }
19. Ne5 { [%clk 00:35:27] } 19… Nfd7 { [%clk 00:38:04] } 20. Bb5 { [%clk
00:32:51] } 20… f6 { [%clk 00:26:28] } 21. Nxd7 { [%clk 00:31:03] } 21…
Bxd7 { [%clk 00:26:49] } 22. Ra5 { [%clk 00:30:29] } 22… Bf5 { [%clk
00:17:57] } 23. Ba3 { [%clk 00:19:35] } 23… Bf8 { [%clk 00:17:30] } 24.
Bc5 { [%clk 00:18:14] } 24… Nd7 { [%clk 00:13:58] } 25. Ra7 { [%clk
00:17:41] } 25… Nxc5 { [%clk 00:07:11] } 26. dxc5 { [%clk 00:16:31] }
26… e5 { [%clk 00:07:33] } 27. b4 { [%clk 00:13:08] } 27… b6 { [%clk
00:08:01] } 28. c6 { [%clk 00:02:34] } 28… Bxb4 { [%clk 00:08:21] } 29.
e4 { [%clk 00:03:04] } 29… dxe4 { [%clk 00:07:13] } 30. Nxe4 { [%clk
00:01:12] } 30… Bxe4 { [%clk 00:07:21] } 31. c7 { [%clk 00:01:38] } 31…
Rf8 { [%clk 00:07:28] } 32. Bc4+ { [%clk 00:01:53] } 32… Kh8 { [%clk
00:07:51] } 33. Be6 { [%clk 00:02:18] } 33… Bf5 { [%clk 00:07:42] } 34.
c8=Q { [%clk 00:02:42] } 34… Rxc8 { [%clk 00:08:06] } 35. Bxc8 { [%clk
00:03:07] } 35… Bxc8 { [%clk 00:08:29] } 36. Ra8 { [%clk 00:03:37] }
36… Kg7 { [%clk 00:05:31] } 37. Rxc8 { [%clk 00:03:55] } 37… Bc5 {
[%clk 00:04:10] } 38. Rc7+ { [%clk 00:03:59] } 38… Kh6 { [%clk 00:03:33]
} 39. h4 { [%clk 00:03:58] } 39… f5 { [%clk 00:03:45] } 40. Kg2 { [%clk
00:04:22] } 40… e4 { [%clk 00:03:43] } 41. Kf1 { [%clk 00:03:27] }
1/2-1/2

[Event “FIDE Candidates 2020”]
[Site “Berlin GER”]
[Date “2020.03.21”]
[Round “4.3”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Grischuk, Alexander”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C67”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence, open variation”]
[EventDate “2020.03.17”]

1. e4 { [%clk 01:41:04] } 1… e5 { [%clk 01:40:22] } 2. Nf3 { [%clk
01:41:32] } 2… Nc6 { [%clk 01:41:02] } 3. Bb5 { [%clk 01:42:12] } 3…
Nf6 { [%clk 01:41:14] } 4. O-O { [%clk 01:42:09] } 4… Nxe4 { [%clk
01:42:20] } 5. d4 { [%clk 01:42:20] } 5… Nd6 { [%clk 01:43:00] } 6. Bxc6
{ [%clk 01:43:00] } 6… dxc6 { [%clk 01:43:40] } 7. dxe5 { [%clk 01:43:20]
} 7… Nf5 { [%clk 01:43:12] } 8. Qxd8+ { [%clk 01:44:00] } 8… Kxd8 {
[%clk 01:43:57] } 9. h3 { [%clk 01:44:18] } 9… Ke8 { [%clk 01:42:58] }
10. Nc3 { [%clk 01:44:36] } 10… h5 { [%clk 01:43:06] } 11. Bf4 { [%clk
01:45:10] } 11… Be7 { [%clk 01:42:00] } 12. Rad1 { [%clk 01:45:22] }
12… Be6 { [%clk 01:42:12] } 13. Ng5 { [%clk 01:45:41] } 13… Rh6 { [%clk
01:42:43] } 14. Rfe1 { [%clk 01:46:19] } 14… Bb4 { [%clk 01:42:58] } 15.
a3 { [%clk 01:46:34] } 15… Bxc3 { [%clk 01:43:15] } 16. bxc3 { [%clk
01:47:05] } 16… h4 { [%clk 01:43:37] } 17. g4 { [%clk 01:47:14] } 17…
hxg3 { [%clk 01:43:57] } 18. fxg3 { [%clk 01:47:41] } 18… Ne7 { [%clk
00:51:14] } 19. h4 { [%clk 01:47:13] } 19… Nd5 { [%clk 00:30:39] } 20.
Bc1 { [%clk 01:47:15] } 20… Nxc3 { [%clk 00:27:43] } 21. Rd3 { [%clk
01:46:07] } 21… Na4 { [%clk 00:16:48] } 22. Rf3 { [%clk 01:39:44] } 22…
Bd5 { [%clk 00:11:34] } 23. Rf4 { [%clk 01:37:28] } 23… Nb6 { [%clk
00:09:09] } 24. Ref1 { [%clk 01:37:10] } 24… Rg6 { [%clk 00:09:00] } 25.
Rf5 { [%clk 01:34:44] } 25… Bc4 { [%clk 00:08:02] } 26. Re1 { [%clk
01:17:27] } 26… Ke7 { [%clk 00:02:25] } 27. h5 { [%clk 01:12:32] } 27…
Rh6 { [%clk 00:02:52] } 28. g4 { [%clk 01:12:55] } 28… Rhh8 { [%clk
00:01:40] } 29. a4 { [%clk 00:59:42] } 29… Nxa4 { [%clk 00:01:50] } 30.
Ba3+ { [%clk 00:57:24] } 30… c5 { [%clk 00:01:16] } 31. e6 { [%clk
00:57:49] } 31… f6 { [%clk 00:01:36] } 32. Bxc5+ { [%clk 00:57:27] }
32… Nxc5 { [%clk 00:01:07] } 33. Rxc5 { [%clk 00:57:53] } 33… fxg5 {
[%clk 00:00:47] } 34. Rxc7+ { [%clk 00:53:29] } 34… Kd6 { [%clk 00:01:16]
} 35. Rxc4 { [%clk 00:53:52] } 35… a5 { [%clk 00:00:57] } 36. Rd1+ {
[%clk 00:43:41] } 36… Ke7 { [%clk 00:01:26] } 37. Re4 { [%clk 00:37:01] }
37… Rhd8 { [%clk 00:01:01] } 38. Rb1 { [%clk 00:37:15] } 38… Rdb8 {
[%clk 00:01:03] } 39. Rb5 { [%clk 00:35:17] } 39… a4 { [%clk 00:01:44] }
40. Rxg5 { [%clk 00:35:06] } 40… Rg8 { [%clk 00:01:40] } 41. h6 { [%clk
00:18:12] } 41… gxh6 { [%clk 00:01:06] } 42. Rxg8 { [%clk 00:17:08] }
42… Rxg8 { [%clk 00:01:32] } 43. Rxa4 { [%clk 00:17:35] } 43… h5 {
[%clk 00:01:58] } 44. Kf2 { [%clk 00:16:48] } 44… Rxg4 { [%clk 00:02:21]
} 45. Rxg4 { [%clk 00:15:36] } 45… hxg4 { [%clk 00:02:46] } 46. Kg3 {
[%clk 00:16:04] } 46… Kxe6 { [%clk 00:03:11] } 47. Kxg4 { [%clk 00:16:26]
} 47… Ke5 { [%clk 00:03:49] } 48. Kf3 { [%clk 00:17:02] } 48… Kd4 {
[%clk 00:03:55] } 49. Ke2 { [%clk 00:17:29] } 49… Kc3 { [%clk 00:04:33] }
50. Kd1 { [%clk 00:18:06] } 50… b5 { [%clk 00:04:47] } 51. Kc1 { [%clk
00:18:19] } 51… b4 { [%clk 00:05:16] } 52. Kb1 { [%clk 00:18:48] } 52…
b3 { [%clk 00:05:42] } 53. cxb3 { [%clk 00:19:07] } 53… Kxb3 { [%clk
0
0:06:09] } 1/2-1/2

[Event “FIDE Candidates 2020”]
[Site “Berlin GER”]
[Date “2020.03.21”]
[Round “4.4”]
[White “Ding Liren”]
[Black “Giri, Anish”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E00”]
[Opening “Catalan opening”]
[EventDate “2020.03.17”]

1. d4 { [%clk 01:41:05] } 1… Nf6 { [%clk 01:41:04] } 2. c4 { [%clk
01:41:31] } 2… e6 { [%clk 01:41:28] } 3. g3 { [%clk 01:41:58] } 3… Bb4+
{ [%clk 01:42:18] } 4. Bd2 { [%clk 01:42:50] } 4… a5 { [%clk 01:42:05] }
5. Bg2 { [%clk 01:39:12] } 5… d5 { [%clk 01:42:02] } 6. Nf3 { [%clk
01:36:13] } 6… O-O { [%clk 01:41:50] } 7. Qc2 { [%clk 01:33:51] } 7… c5
{ [%clk 01:41:13] } 8. cxd5 { [%clk 01:30:31] } 8… cxd4 { [%clk 01:41:22]
} 9. Nxd4 { [%clk 01:29:57] } 9… Qb6 { [%clk 01:40:50] } 10. e3 { [%clk
01:25:02] } 10… exd5 { [%clk 01:40:53] } 11. O-O { [%clk 01:21:39] }
11… Nc6 { [%clk 01:41:08] } 12. Nxc6 { [%clk 01:17:52] } 12… bxc6 {
[%clk 01:41:21] } 13. Rc1 { [%clk 01:18:11] } 13… Rb8 { [%clk 01:42:06] }
14. Bxb4 { [%clk 01:08:00] } 14… Qxb4 { [%clk 01:40:44] } 15. b3 { [%clk
01:08:57] } 15… h5 { [%clk 01:39:13] } 16. Nc3 { [%clk 00:58:44] } 16…
h4 { [%clk 01:35:46] } 17. Ne2 { [%clk 00:59:07] } 17… Bd7 { [%clk
01:15:49] } 18. Nf4 { [%clk 00:56:20] } 18… hxg3 { [%clk 01:02:44] } 19.
hxg3 { [%clk 00:56:47] } 19… Rfc8 { [%clk 00:59:23] } 20. Bf3 { [%clk
00:51:08] } 20… a4 { [%clk 00:48:58] } 21. bxa4 { [%clk 00:49:18] } 21…
Ra8 { [%clk 00:49:14] } 22. Nd3 { [%clk 00:45:30] } 22… Qxa4 { [%clk
00:49:16] } 23. Qxa4 { [%clk 00:45:54] } 23… Rxa4 { [%clk 00:49:40] } 24.
Nc5 { [%clk 00:46:23] } 24… Ra5 { [%clk 00:40:16] } 25. a4 { [%clk
00:42:33] } 25… Rca8 { [%clk 00:32:49] } 26. Bd1 { [%clk 00:38:18] }
26… Be8 { [%clk 00:31:15] } 27. Kf1 { [%clk 00:38:38] } 27… Kf8 { [%clk
00:30:14] } 28. Rab1 { [%clk 00:33:41] } 28… Ne4 { [%clk 00:28:33] } 29.
Nxe4 { [%clk 00:33:51] } 29… dxe4 { [%clk 00:28:58] } 30. Rb7 { [%clk
00:32:01] } 30… c5 { [%clk 00:24:49] } 31. Bb3 { [%clk 00:31:30] } 31…
R5a7 { [%clk 00:23:19] } 32. Rxa7 { [%clk 00:29:25] } 32… Rxa7 { [%clk
00:23:45] } 33. Ke1 { [%clk 00:28:45] } 33… Ke7 { [%clk 00:23:20] } 34.
Ra1 { [%clk 00:25:09] } 34… c4 { [%clk 00:14:03] } 35. Bc2 { [%clk
00:23:04] } 35… Kd6 { [%clk 00:13:18] } 36. Kd2 { [%clk 00:22:52] } 36…
Kc5 { [%clk 00:13:40] } 37. Kc3 { [%clk 00:22:57] } 37… Ra6 { [%clk
00:12:23] } 38. g4 { [%clk 00:15:18] } 38… g5 { [%clk 00:07:53] } 39. a5
{ [%clk 00:10:32] } 39… Bc6 { [%clk 00:08:09] } 40. Ra2 { [%clk 00:10:31]
} 40… Ra7 { [%clk 00:06:27] } 41. Ra1 { [%clk 00:07:56] } 41… Ra6 {
[%clk 00:06:39] } 42. Ra2 { [%clk 00:07:34] } 42… Kd5 { [%clk 00:06:56] }
1/2-1/2


FIDE Candidates 2020 Yekaterinburg RUS (RUS), 15 iii-5 iv 2020 cat. XXI (2774)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2774 * * . . . . ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . . . 2865
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2767 . . * * . . ½ . ½ . . . ½ . 1 . 2891
3. Wang, Hao g CHN 2762 . . . . * * ½ . . . ½ . ½ . 1 . 2855
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2777 ½ . ½ . ½ . * * . . ½ . . . . . 2 2750
5. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2842 ½ . ½ . . . . . * * 1 . . . 0 . 2 2761
6. Alekseenko, Kirill g RUS 2698 ½ . . . ½ . ½ . 0 . * * . . . . 2701
7. Giri, Anish g NED 2763 0 . ½ . ½ . . . . . . . * * ½ . 2690
8. Ding, Liren g CHN 2805 . . 0 . 0 . . . 1 . . . ½ . * * 2696
Round 1 (March 17, 2020)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime – Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 44 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Grischuk, Alexander – Alekseenko, Kirill ½-½ 41 A20 English Opening
Giri, Anish – Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 73 A33 English Symmetrical
Ding, Liren – Wang, Hao 0-1 45 A20 English Opening
Round 2 (March 18, 2020)
Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 40 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime – Ding, Liren 1-0 37 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Wang, Hao – Giri, Anish ½-½ 61 A37 English Symmetrical
Caruana, Fabiano – Alekseenko, Kirill 1-0 34 E20 Nimzo Indian
Round 3 (March 19, 2020)
Grischuk, Alexander – Wang, Hao ½-½ 49 C42 Petroff’s Defence
Alekseenko, Kirill – Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 40 C19 French Winawer
Giri, Anish – Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 30 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Ding, Liren – Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 59 D17 Slav Defence
Round 4 (March 21, 2020)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime – Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 53 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Wang, Hao – Alekseenko, Kirill ½-½ 41 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Caruana, Fabiano – Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 55 D87 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Ding, Liren – Giri, Anish ½-½ 42 E00 Catalan