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10th Norway Chess 2022 R4: Wesley So ends Anand's unbeaten streak, Carlsen catches up

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/06/2022

Vishy Anand suffered his first loss of 10th Norway Chess 2022 against Wesley So in Armageddon. Although the moment where Anand was completely winning, turned out to be the moment where he made a fatal mistake which cost him the game and the match. Magnus Carlsen defeated Anish Giri in the Classical game after the latter made some bold exchange of his queen for the world champion's two rooks. The Dutch no.1 claimed to know the variation extremely well but he got confused with the order. Mamedyarov scored his first Classical win of the event against Hao Wang. Today is a rest day. Round 5 starts tomorrow from 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

White wins three Armageddons

Apart from So, Topalov and Radjabov are the remaining two who won their Armageddon games. While Topalov scored his first win of the event, it was the second Armageddon victory for Radjabov who is trying to hide his preparations for obvious reasons because Candidates is less than two weeks away.

Wesley So got the better of Vishy Anand in Armageddon | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Carlsen - Giri: 3-0

Anyone who follows the chess universe, outside the chess board too, knew that this battle would not spill beyond the Classical game. Anish Giri made a questionable decision of exchanging his queen for two rooks. It obviously did not work out against the world champion, Magnus Carlsen.

Position after 16...Qxa1

16...Qa3 was a more plausible continuation for Black. The flashy 16...Qxa1 does not work because Black's rooks are not active yet. They are not able to pose any threat immediately.

Anish Giri Interview after Round 4 | Video: Norway Chess
World Champion's understanding of chess | Video: ChessBase India

There is no love lost between Carlsen and Giri | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

So - Anand: 1.5-1

The Classical encounter between Wesley So and Vishy Anand was an extremely complicated game arising out of Symmetrical English.

Position after 14.e4

When two stalwarts are playing, one should not expect an easy game which mere mortals can understand without any great difficulty. 12.c5 was a novelty. 12...Kg7 13.0-0 Nh6 14.e4 and we get the above diagram. The Fischer Random world champion knew that to beat the former world champion, he has to bring something new to his arsenal, which is exactly what he did. Somehow, Anand managed to navigate through the labyrinth and the game ended in a draw via repetition. Thus, Armageddon was enforced.

In the Armageddon, So once again opted for English opening, a relatively simpler line as he was in a must-win situation.

So - Anand, Armageddon

Position after 31.fxe5

Anand had a golden opportunity to win the game 31...Bxe2 does a double attack on queen and rook, g3 is also under attack. 32.exf6+ causes no trouble after Kh8. This is the moment where he made a mistake 31...dxe5 32.Qf3+- now White does a double attack of his own for which Black unfortunately does not have a good reply. So went on to win the game and continued his undefeated streak.

"SO Close!" - Wesley So vs Vishy Anand | Video: ChessBase India
Wesley So interview after Round 4 | Video: Norway Chess
Vishy Anand Interview after Round 4 | Video: Norway Chess

So-Anand encounter delivered as per expectations and more | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Teimor Radjabov - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: 1.5-1 | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess
Teimour Radjabov Interview after Round 4 | Video: Norway Chess
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Interview after Round 4 | Video: Norway Chess

Veselin Topalov won his first game of the event, Armageddon against Aryan Tari | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess
Aryan Tari Interview after Round 3 | Video: Norway Chess

Hao Wang - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov: 0-3 | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess
Hao Wang Interview after Round 4 | Video: ChessBase India
10th Norway Chess 2022 Round 4 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Round 4 results | Photo: Norway Chess

Replay Round 4 games

Standings after Round 4

Magnus Carlsen has caught up with Vishy Anand 8.5/12 | Photo: Norway Chess

Round 5 pairings

Vishy Anand will be up against Magnus Carlsen in Round 5 after the first rest day | Photo: Norway Chess


Blitz Round 1 starts on 30th May 2022. at 6 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. IST).

Classical games will be played from 31st May to 10th June 2022. Everyday game starts at 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). 4th and 8th June are the rest days.

10th Norway Chess 2022 schedule | Photo: Norway Chess


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