It's time for the fourth round of the Serbia Chess Open! In the Masters tournament, 8 players still have 100% of the points but today they played against each other. Among them, two players won: the Indian grandmaster Adhiban B. (2616 Elo) and the Turkish grandmaster Can Emre (2599 Elo).
Adhiban B. at 100% after 4 rounds
(Photo: Serbia Chess Open)
Adhiban B. defeated with the white pieces the hero of the previous day, the Azeri international master Babazada Khazar (2431 Elo) in an Exchange Slav where the Indian player patiently put the pressure on and finally won with a final attack on the black king.
As for the Czech grandmaster Can Emre, he beat the Brazilian grandmaster Santiago Yago de Moura (2509 Elo) with the black pieces.
Position after 8.g4
In this rare variation of the Semi-Slave, the Brazilian player played the rare and very aggressive move g4. A very fashionable move, already played by Giri, Oparin or Bluebaum, but in total there are only about thirty games in the database with g4. A very ambitious move, but it backfired on the Brazilian player who ended up losing with his king in the centre in a position where Can totally took over.
The games are very tense since on the first 12 boards, there were 8 draws! Tomorrow we will see the clash between the two players who still have 100% of the points, Adhiban and Can. They are closely followed at 3.5 points out of 4 by 11 players including grandmasters Ivic, Motylev, Jumabayev and Sanal.
As for the Amateurs tournament, there are only 5 players with 100% of the points, one of them being the favourite Turkish FIDE master Kilic Efe Mert (2194 Elo). The only grandmaster of the tournament, the Bulgarian Popchev Milko (2207 Elo) remains in ambush at 3 points out of 5 accompanied by other international masters. Everything remains possible in this tournament!
Don't miss the start of the games tomorrow, round 4 at 4pm!
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