Alekhine Memorial Round 3

Alekhine Memorial Round 3

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phptHFtbV.jpegThe third round of the Alekhine Memorial didn't provide as many decisive games as the first two rounds, but there was still plenty of fighting chess to enjoy.

The only decisive game of the day was the last to finish. Michael Adams had established an early lead with victories over Vishy Anand and Peter Svidler, but Boris Gelfand ended his dream start in round three, by beating the English GM.

With all the other games being drawn, Adams now has to share the lead on 2/3 with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and his victorious opponent today, Boris Gelfand.

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Adams lost to Gelfand, but still shares the lead

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Vachier-Lagrave held Kramnik to a draw to earn a share the lead

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Anand could make no mark on Aronian with white

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Vitiugov held Svidler to a draw in a tactical fight

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Ding Liren drew his game with Fressinet

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The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 3 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 2
2 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739 2
3 Michael Adams ENG 2727 2
4 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706
5 Ding Liren CHN 2707
6 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801
7 Levon Aronian ARM 2809
8 Peter Svidler RUS 2747 1
9 Vishy Anand IND 2783 1
10 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712 1

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The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here. Archived videos are here.

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.

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The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving

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Games and screenshots from the official website coverage.

UPDATE: VIDEO REPORT by Jason Stoneking

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