London Chess Classic 3: Birthday blues by ColinMcGourty
Hikaru Nakamura got over the misery of losing on his own birthday by sharing the pain and defeating Vishy Anand on the legend’s 47th birthday. That was the only decisive game of Round 3 of the London Chess Classic, but we got to watch some high quality chess. Wesley So needed to dig very deep to escape against Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik showed ingenuity against Fabiano Caruana while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave needed more than a little help from Veselin Topalov. Anish Giri won a pawn out of nowhere but couldn’t prevent Mickey Adams finally getting off the mark.