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Kvika Reykjavik Open R4: Lukasz Jarmula takes sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/04/2022

GM Lukasz Jarmula (POL) defeated GM Hans Niemann (USA) to take sole lead 4.0/4 at Kvika Reykjavik Open 2022. Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa, top seed of the tournament Pouya Idani (IRI), Alexandr Fier (BRA), Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson (ISL) and Hedinn Steingrimsson (ISL) are trailing by a half point at 3.5/4 each. Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa, Abhijeet Gupta, Tania Sachdev and Vardaan Nagpal scored a win each. Adhiban and Raunak were held to draws by their strong IM opponents. Gukesh will face Fier and Pragg will be up against Steingrimsson in the fifth round. Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson/Reykjavik Open 2022

Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa in pursuit

Praggnanandhaa contemplating his opponent's king hunt | Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson/Reykjavik Open 2022

Gukesh - Maze: 1-0

GM Sebastian Maze (FRA, 2524) could have forced a repetition against D Gukesh (2637). Perhaps he did not want to take a draw.

Position after 27.Rfd1

27...Nb2 28.Rb1 Nc4 29.Rbd1 forces a draw. The bishop cannot retreat to b4 due to the threat of a5 which forces it to get trapped. 27...Rxd6 28.Rxd6 Nxd6 29.Rxd6 Rc6 30.Qf3 Rc7 31.Qg4 made the position worse for Black. Black king is vulnerable, the knight can easily exploit it and it would not be easy for Black to thwart them all. Gukesh converted his positional advantage into a win. The extra pawn helped too.

Praggnanandhaa - Pierre: 1-0

GM Praggnanandhaa (2624) made a successful attack on his opponent IM Pierre Laurent-Paoli's (FRA, 2487) king.

Position after 17...Qc6

Black is lagging in development which White not only has completed but also ready to launch an attack on the kingside. 18.Bd3 h6 19.Rd1 Re8 20.Qb1 White awaits Black to make a mistake. Sometimes waiting is hard to do but if done correctly, one can be rewarded handsomely. Black made a mistake 20...Be6 which allowed White to disintegrate Black's position 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Be4 Qb5 23.Rg3+ and rest is just matter of time and technique for White to convert it into a win.

Highlights

Here are some interesting finishes of Round 4

GM Praggnanandhaa R - IM Pierre Laurent-Paoli (FRA): 1-0

IM Stephen R Mannion (SCO) - GM Abhijeet Gupta: 0-1

IM Thomas Beerden (NED) - Edmund C Player (ENG): 1-0

Einar Gregersen (FAI) - IM Eric Rosen (USA): 0-1
Replay Round 4 Live commentary by FM Ingvar Thor Johannesson with various guests | Video: Reykjavik Open Chess

A total of 244 players including 22 GMs, 27 IMs, 2 WGMs and a WIM are taking part from 39 different federations across the world. The tournament is organized by Icelandic Chess Federation from 6th to 12th April 2022 in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds for 40 moves, with an addition of 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

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Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
125
GMJarmula Lukasz243431 - 03GMNiemann Hans Moke2637
3
214
IMYoo Christopher Woojin25320 - 1GMIdani Pouya2638
1
32
GMGukesh D26371 - 0GMMaze Sebastien2524
15
44
GMAdhiban B.2633½ - ½IMPeng Li Min2517
17
519
IMStefansson Vignir Vatnar2501½ - ½GMSadhwani Raunak2628
5
66
GMPraggnanandhaa R26241 - 0IMLaurent-Paoli Pierre2487
21
78
GMWarmerdam Max2599½ - ½IMClarke Brandon G I2436
24
822
GMHjartarson Johann2465½ - ½GMAndersen Mads2582
9
910
GMFier Alexandr25731 - 0GMThorfinnsson Bragi2419
28
1023
GMWilliams Simon K2464½ - ½GMCornette Matthieu2569
11

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Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMIdani Pouya26384GMJarmula Lukasz2434
25
210
GMFier Alexandr2573GMGukesh D2637
2
313
GMSteingrimsson Hedinn2538GMPraggnanandhaa R2624
6
43
GMNiemann Hans Moke26373GMGretarsson Hjorvar Steinn2542
12
524
IMClarke Brandon G I243633GMAdhiban B.2633
4
65
GMSadhwani Raunak262833GMWilliams Simon K2464
23
77
GMGupta Abhijeet261633IMSukandar Irine Kharisma2386
35
836
IMMartin Julian238533GMWarmerdam Max2599
8
99
GMAndersen Mads258233IMSoham Das2303
51
1037
IMThorfinnsson Bjorn238133GMMishra Abhimanyu2524
16

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