More Draws Abound Round 4 of Sinquefield Cup 2016

Another uneventful day in Saint Louis as 5 more draws happened among the ten of the top grandmasters in the world. The match ups of the Round 4 follow:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 4 Results

Levon Aronian27921/2-1/2Fabiano Caruana2807
M. Vachier-Lagrave28191/2-1/2Peter Svidler2751
Hikaru Nakamura27911/2-1/2Veselin Topalov2761
Ding Liren27551/2-1/2Viswanathan Anand2770
Wesley So27711/2-1/2Anish Giri2769

That brings to a total of 10 draws in the last 2 rounds. How did this happen? Peter Svidler teased that it was because he stopped losing:

Regardless of the draws, the round was never short of exciting games. One of which is the game between Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov, where Topalov sacrificed his queen in exchange for a rook and a bishop. In the end, though, it was still a draw.

Thus, Wesley So still leads after 4 rounds when tie-breaks are applied. Ranking after Round 4 follows:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Ranking after Round 4

1So, Wesley2.55.00
Anand, Viswanathan2.54.50
Aronian, Levon2.54.25
Topalov, Veselin2.53.75
5Ding, Liren2.04.50
Caruana, Fabiano2.04.25
Nakamura, Hikaru2.04.00
8Giri, Anish1.53.00
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime1.52.50
10Svidler, Peter1.01.75

Here are the match-ups for Round 5:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 5 Matchups

Anish Giri2769--Levon Aronian2792
Viswanathan Anand2770--Wesley So2771
Veselin Topalov2761--Ding Liren2755
Peter Svidler2751--Hikaru Nakamura2791
Fabiano Caruana2807--M. Vachier-Lagrave2819

Replay all the Round 4 games below. [replay]
Replay all the games in the tournament.

Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour.


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