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Alekhine Memorial Round 4

  • SonofPearl
  • on 24/04/13 12:13.

php49aKRT.jpegLev Aronian joined the leaders at the Alekhine Memorial thanks to a victory against Peter Svidler in round four.

Svidler played his favourite Gruenfeld defence, and an interesting battle ensued until Svidler slipped up with 32...Rf7 and the game came to an abrupt end just 4 moves later.

The Armenian's win made some amends for his very costly 11th round loss to Svidler at the recent Candidates Tournament in London.

All the other games were drawn in round four, but not without plenty of fight, especially the 72-move struggle between Laurent Fressinet and Michael Adams.

Our on-site reporter, Jason Stoneking spoke with the players after the round...


Lev Aronian won the only decisive game of the day (all photos by Leslie McAllister)



Peter Svidler's loss leaves him in last place




The lowest seeded player Laurent Fressinet is still undefeated


Michael Adams was lucky to escape with a draw



Joint leader Vachier-Lagrave took on the world champion



Vishy Anand did enough to hold for a draw




Ding Liren drew with Vladimir Kramnik



Vladimir Kramnik is only on a level score after 4 rounds




Nikita Vitiugov played a nice game



Boris Gelfand had to play accurately for a draw




The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 4 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722
2 Michael Adams ENG 2727
3 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739
4 Levon Aronian ARM 2809
5 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706 2
6 Ding Liren CHN 2707 2
7 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 2
8 Vishy Anand IND 2783
9 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712
10 Peter Svidler RUS 2747 1


The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here (with archive).

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.


The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving


Games from the official website coverage. Photos by Leslie McAllister.


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  • hace 21 meses

    MI DanielRensch

    Jason does it again! How awesome was Aronian's comment about our own Melik Khachiyan everyone?  Laughing

    Gotta love it!

    Thanks Jason...


  • hace 22 meses


    Afieldy:  It is very important in chess to avoid letting your opponents' pieces active positions near your king.  This includes not allowing enemy rooks on the 7th or 8th horizontal line, and with 38.Ra1 white was threatening to play Ra7 next -- so 38...Qb6 prevented this threat, at least.

  • hace 22 meses


    anand is in big trouble now....

  • hace 22 meses


    I agree with PaulM66, that Anand has little to gain by extending himself in this event. His focus must be on the BIG one in November and I would expect he and his team are working on that.

    There is also the possibility of some psychological advantage if he produces mediocre results here.

    However, if I were a betting person, my money would be on Carlsen in November!

  • hace 22 meses


    the stripe on Anands suit is unlikeable

  • hace 22 meses


    chess really needs a new world champion, it doesn't mean anything now.

  • hace 22 meses


    This time Aronian will take it.

  • hace 22 meses


    Anand is in trouble. But it is about time someone younger becomes world champion and inspire players around the world.

  • hace 22 meses


    Don't miss the Chess.com video report that has been added to the Round 3 news article!

  • hace 22 meses


    But how do you prepare against Carlsen with his strange openings and superior endgame skills?

  • hace 22 meses


    I'm a novice chess player, but I was watching Michael Adams earlier, and I just can't understand why Qb6 ... any explanations?

  • hace 22 meses


    Anand is clearly not showing everything and has no real incentive to do so.  All his energy is being spent preparing for Carlsen.

  • hace 22 meses


    Anand is going to have to find something better than his typical drawing lines if he plans on winning the World Championship.

  • hace 22 meses


    Svidler did so well in the Candidates I am surprised he is losing

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