25 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Gawain Jones of England has taken sole lead after round 4 in the 13th European Individual Chess Championship 2012. He beat Boris Savchenko of Russia on fifth board.
The official website of the European Individual Chess Championship 2012 reported that Gawain Jones 2635 (ENG) defeated Boris Savchenko 2580 (RUS) on board five and has become a sole leader with a perfect score after today’s fourth round achieving the fantastic rating performance of 3317. All other games on the first twelve boards were drawn, however not without lots of interesting collisions lasting for more than five hours.
In the Plovdiv hall of Novotel Plovdiv there was not a single game to finish before the first two hours. The first score was registered in the "Moscow" Hall on board 117 between Romain Edouard (FRA) and Nicolas Grandadam (SUI), which ended in less than 1.5 hours.
The game that focused the attention of the local fans was played on board six between Bulgarian champion Julian Radulski and top seed Fabiano Caruana from Italy. In a worse position, playing black, the Bulgarian GM defended cleverly and drew the game in 72 moves.
Most of the top Bulgarian GMs also had a successful day today.
Aleksander Delchev 2622 (BUL)performed active play with the black pieces and drew his game against Etienne Bacrot 2706 (FRA). Ivan Cheparinov 2664 (BUL) won convincingly against Aleksandr Shimanov 2591 (RUS). Also Kiril Georgiev 2671 (BUL) defeated with the black pieces Alexander Ipatov 2561 (TUR).
Boris Chatalbashev 2570 lost against Vladimir Malakhov 2705 (RUS) while Petar Drenchev 2499 (BUL) drew against Viktor Erdos 2631 (HUN). Julian Radulski and Ivan Cheparinov have 3.5/4.0 points followed by Kiril Georgiev and Alexander Delchev with 3 etc.
Romanian WGM Irina Bulmaga 2307 continued her successful race by winning this time against Hungarian Robert Ruck 2579. Bulmaga has now 3.0/4.0 points and is the best performing woman so far.
Antoaneta Stefanova 2531 (BUL) has 2.5/4.0 after defeating with the black pieces Asaf Givon 2340 (ISR) in only 18 moves.
Bartosz Socko 2647 from Poland played unconvincingly and lost against Hovhannes Gabuzyan 2441 (ARM). Also Vladimir Onischuk 2516 (UKR) suffered defeat against 14-year-old youngster Alexander Donchenko 2309 (GER) while Dragan Solak 2602 (TUR) lost against Kirill Alekseenko 2367 (RUS).
Gawain Jones 2635 (ENG) takes sole lead after the fourth round with 4.0/4.0 followed by nineteen players with 3.5/4.0 etc.
In the fifth round Gawain Jones will play against Nikita Vitiugov. Some other pairings:
Kiril Georgiev 2671 - Illya Nyzhnyk 2585
Julian Radulski 2552 - Ivan Cheparinov 2664
Alexander Delchev 2622 - Francisco Vallejo Pons 2693
Momchil Nikolov 2550 - Eltaj Safarli 2645
Antoaneta Stefanova 2531 - Andrei Istratescu 2633
Here is the fourth round game between Savchenko and Jones which gave Jones an unassailable 4.0 points from four games of play. Jones plays black.
Official website: http://www.eicc2012.eu