The story of the first four rounds of the Reggio Emilio tournament was unquestionably Spain's homebred talent, Vallejo Pons, who started with a blistering 3.5/4 while everyone else (seven players to be exact) were at the 50% mark. Not a massive draw-fest, which is what it might sound like, but whatever the reasons, the results were those.
Short had started with a strong 2.0/2, but the fact that he was consistently in trouble made one wonder how long the logic of these positions would be defied in his favor. Although he chalked up only one further win as yet, no one can complain about his uncompromising play which has left him with only one draw so far. This desire to shake things up has perhaps been a little overboard, as can be seen in his round six game against Movsesian.