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A Queen Trapped in an Empty Hall - Round 4 Report

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

Round four was already a day of direct encounters between the favourites.

The top match between the main favourite India and the local young heroes, Hungary, was one of the most dramatic so far. After four hours the Hungarians were in the lead with 1,5-0,5 but the remaining two games went wrong for them and India won with 2,5-1,5. You can find out more in the interview with Kende Antal:

By defeating Romania with the same score Russia joined India in the lead. These are the only two teams with a perfect score and they will inevitably meet tomorrow.

Uzbekistan continues to deliver surprises by drawing again with a much higher rated team - this time with Canada 1.

The last match to end was Georgia - Ukraine. At the score of 1,5-1,5 the game Matviishen - Ghvamberia seemed to continue forever. On move 99 the white queen was trapped on an almost empty board and in a practically deserted playing hall, sealing Georgia's match win over their higher ranked opponents.

The brilliancy contest jury had a hard time choosing between two valuable third round games. In the end the Solomonic solution was taken to award two prizes for the same round.

You can find the annotated awarded games here and here.

For more details about the fourth round please follow our diary:

After choosing the first double round as the "girls' day" we found it fair to pay some attention to the small boy geniuses. We kindly invite you to watch the interview with Daniel Dwyer:

And we hope you will enjoy our small photo selection:

In deep contemplation

Sending a kiss to our lady photographer?

Shall I go ...c5 or ...b5?

Chess in a relaxed mood

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