Lukasz Jarmula is the surprising sole leader after four rounds at the Reykjavik Open. Jarmula beat one of the top seeds, Hans Niemann in nice fashion. He had a small edge in the opening and built up pressure which resulted in him winning an exchange. Smooth game.
The round featured some very nice tactical moments.
Thomas Beerdsen had a classy finish in his game:
25.Qh7!! Nxh7 26.Ng6#
Pragganandhaa also finished in style
It is now hard to move the bishop since for instance 26…Bxa2 27.Bd5 introduced the threat of 28.Qxh6!! and 29.Rh4#
26…Be2 27.Bd3 Qe5 28.Rh4 h5 29.Bxe2 Qxe2 30.Qc4 Qxc4 31.Rxh5#
Johann Hjartarson had to settle on a draw vs Mads Andersen after missing an insane win.
54.Qf7! would have done the trick 54…Nxf7 55.exf7+ Kh7 and now NOT 56.exf8=Q which draws after 56…Qg2!! but instead, the rare promotion to a bishop, 56.exf8=B would have won!
Jurmala faces Idani Pouya in the 5th round as a pack of players on 3,5 out of 4 look to catch up.
4th round commentary