FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 - Round 3 Part 1

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 - Round 3 Part 1

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The 3rd round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2016 was held today at the DI Telegraph in Moscow, Russia.

Veselin Topalov, playing from white side of the English opening, committed several inaccuracies in the opening and lost two pawns early on. He tried to compensate with the pair of bishops but Levon Aronian assumed control and never allowed his opponent back in the game. Soon after the time control white resigned.

Sergey Karjakin repeated the pawn structure from his yesterday's game, only this time with black pieces. Anish Giri commented that in the quoted game white obtained excellent position, therefore he didn't mind trying it himself. Karjakin decided to be more active, setting an interesting pawn-chain on the queenside, and provoking his opponent on the other side of the board. Giri accepted the challenge and sacrificed a piece searching for a decisive blow against the enemy king. Karjakin, however, defended with precision and the game was finally drawn after a perpetual check.

Today was a second Berlin Ruy Lopez in only three rounds for each Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana. Anand's 11.Qc2 threw black into deep thought, but the American managed to find a good way to liquidate the center and centralize the pieces. Anand held only a minimal advantage and Caruana had no difficulties in holding a draw.

Peter Svidler's fantastic opening preparation with black helped him to assume the initiative against Hikaru Nakamura. Seeing there is no way to attack the black king, Nakamura decided to simplify the position down to an ending where he was hoping to hold. Svidler won a pawn and meanwhile the queenside was cleared. Black continued to press, but with the knights being traded off Nakamura easily held a draw.

After three rounds of play Anand, Karjakin and Aronian share the first place with 2 points each. Svidler, Giri and Caruana follow on 1,5, Nakamura is 7th with 1 point and Topalov has 0,5.

Monday 14th March is a rest day. Round 4 games are on schedule for 15th March at 15:00 Moscow time: Svidler-Aronian, Karjakin-Anand, Caruana-Topalov, Nakamura-Giri.

 
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Topalov AronianThe 3rd round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2016 was held today at the DI Telegraph in Moscow, Russia.

Veselin Topalov, playing from white side of the English opening, committed several inaccuracies in the opening and lost two pawns early on. He tried to compensate with the pair of bishops but Levon Aronian assumed control and never allowed his opponent back in the game. Soon after the time control white resigned.

Sergey Karjakin repeated the pawn structure from his yesterday's game, only this time with black pieces. Anish Giri commented that in the quoted game white obtained excellent position, therefore he didn't mind trying it himself. Karjakin decided to be more active, setting an interesting pawn-chain on the queenside, and provoking his opponent on the other side of the board. Giri accepted the challenge and sacrificed a piece searching for a decisive blow against the enemy king. Karjakin, however, defended with precision and the game was finally drawn after a perpetual check.

Today was a second Berlin Ruy Lopez in only three rounds for each Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana. Anand's 11.Qc2 threw black into deep thought, but the American managed to find a good way to liquidate the center and centralize the pieces. Anand held only a minimal advantage and Caruana had no difficulties in holding a draw.

Peter Svidler's fantastic opening preparation with black helped him to assume the initiative against Hikaru Nakamura. Seeing there is no way to attack the black king, Nakamura decided to simplify the position down to an ending where he was hoping to hold. Svidler won a pawn and meanwhile the queenside was cleared. Black continued to press, but with the knights being traded off Nakamura easily held a draw.

After three rounds of play Anand, Karjakin and Aronian share the first place with 2 points each. Svidler, Giri and Caruana follow on 1,5, Nakamura is 7th with 1 point and Topalov has 0,5.

Monday 14th March is a rest day. Round 4 games are on schedule for 15th March at 15:00 Moscow time: Svidler-Aronian, Karjakin-Anand, Caruana-Topalov, Nakamura-Giri.

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Round 2

The 2nd round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2016 was held today at the DI Telegraph in Moscow, Russia.

In the only decisive game of the day Sergey Karjakin defeated Hikaru Nakamura with white pieces. White position was always slightly better but black seemed to be solid. A faulty combination starting with 29...Nxg3 left black on the losing end after he missed the double-attack 34. Rc7.

In another game with black pieces Veselin Topalov was not afraid to repeat the Berlin Ruy Lopez, despite the loss against Anand in the first round. Peter Svidler did not choose the most ambitious lines with white. The outcome was that all the queenside pawns were traded and a draw was agreed shortly after completing the necessary 30 moves.

Viswanathan Anand was well prepared with black to meet the aggressive attacker Levon Aronian. After completing the theoretical line the position was roughly equal. The balance was never disturbed and a series of exchanges led to a drawn opposite-colored bishops ending.

Anish Giri was once again involved in the longest game of the day, but this time it lasted "only four hours". Fabiano Caruana went sharp against the Berlin Ruy Lopez, at one point even obtaining a promising position. But after the exchange of the queens black slowly consolidated and draw was agreed after the time control.

After two rounds of play Anand and Karjakin are in the lead with 1,5 points each. Caruana, Aronian, Giri and Svidler are on one point, while Nakamura and Topalov have 0,5 points each.

Round 3 games are on schedule for 13th March at 15:00 Moscow time: Nakamura-Svidler, Anand-Caruana, Giri-Karjakin, Topalov-Aronian.