Round 4 of the FIDE World Championship was performed at present between the reigning champion, GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.
(title picture – FIDE / Niki Riga)
Lichess is offering a broadcast of the strikes being performed in real-time. Additionally, GM Nijat Abasov is offering sport annotations and insights on the video games every day. Round 4’s sport annotations will be discovered beneath.
Carlsen, celebrating his thirty first birthday at present, had the white items and opened the sport with 1. e4. The Russian challenger, Nepomniachtchi selected to satisfy it with the Petrov (also referred to as the Russian Defence). As GM Nijat Abasov writes within the sport annotations beneath, it appears seemingly Nepomniachtchi mixed the most effective preparation of Caruana – recalling that Caruana paralysed Carlsen’s 1. e4 with two Petrovs again in 2018 (sport 6 and sport 11)
Generally, just like the opposite video games thus far, each gamers have been deeply ready and struggled to make important progress towards one another. Neither participant made any important errors, and consequently there have been hardly any finger-holds from which to extract a greater place.
Going into what was evaluated as a drawn middlegame, Carlsen teased a repetition. A number of tries have been made, however Nepomniachtchi couldn’t be fooled – and threefold occurred. Consequently, the sport was drawn on transfer 33 – the shortest sport of the match thus far.
The subsequent sport can be performed tomorrow, 1st December 12:30 UTC. For extra particulars on the event, you’ll be able to overview our first spherical recap which has extra data.
(GM Nijat Abasov achieved the GM title at simply 15. He was Azeri nationwide champion in 2017, additionally successful the Baku Open the identical yr. He has performed the Tata Steel Challengers and the Grand Swiss (twice), amongst many different tournaments, reaching his all-time peak ranking of 2670 in February 2020. He lately represented Azerbaijan on the European Team Championships, successful a board prize with a efficiency ranking of 2760).