Missed Chances in Kings Round 4

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11.11.12, 13:48.


Vassily Ivanchuk still leads the Kings Tournament in Bucharest after both fourth round games ended in draws.

It was a round of missed opportunities, as local GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu let Vassily Ivanchuk escape with a repetition draw, while Fabiano Caruana let Veselin Topalov off the hook during time trouble in their epic game, which ended drawn after more than 7 hours.

The standings after 4 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2763
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786 2
Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2769 2
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2668


Nisipeanu let Ivanchuk escape with a draw

Kings 2012 Round 4 Nisipeanu v Vassily Ivanchuk.jpg



Caruana missed a golden chance to take the lead

Kings 2012 Round 4 Fabiano Caruana v VeselinTopalov.jpg



Rounds start at 15:30 local time (13:30 UTC) and can be followed live at the official website.


Round 5 - 12th November
Caruana Fabiano  Ivanchuk Vassily 
Topalov Veselin  Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 
Round 6 - 13th November
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter  Caruana Fabiano 
Ivanchuk Vassily  Topalov Veselin 


Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • vor 4 Jahre


    Both games were incredible!!

    Ivanchuk vs. Nisipeanu was amazing--so much unusual knight and bishop positional play. Very human playstyles! Love the queen sac by black near the end to lead to the draw sequence. 

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Whoa, I don't think I've ever seen a Sicilian transpose to a Modern Benoni before...

  • vor 4 Jahre


    WCC's change.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Caruana's handicap are the rapid and blitz games. Lets remember how bad he played the tie breaker in the final at the Bilbaos Masters Championship against Magnus Carlsen. Today he missed a win because of time trouble. 

    He needs to become a great rapid and blitz player if he wishes to become WCC. Lets remember that nowdays the WCC is only a 12 games match and that the 2012 WCC was decided in a rapid game (15/10).

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Crazy Topalov...!

  • vor 4 Jahre

    NM Petrosianic

    the caruana topalov game is amazing.

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