Carlsen And Aronian Lead Amber

Carlsen And Aronian Lead Amber

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And then there were two! There were four leaders after the first day at Amber, three after the second, and now we have co-leaders Carlsen and Aronian after the dust settled in round three.

The third round clash between Carlsen and Aronian ended all-square, while Grischuk dropped back after losing his rapid game with Karjakin.

An exciting rapid game between the tournament pace-setters (see below)



Meanwhile, the Game of the Day prize went to Gashimov for his blindfold win against Giri.

Nakamura got his first win of the event against Ivanchuk in their blindfold game, and held on for a draw in the rapid match to consign Chucky to the cellar on just 1.5 points.

In the grudge match of the day between Kramnik and Topalov, they finished one apiece after Kramnik took the blindfold before Topalov hit back in the rapid.

Finally, Anand stayed close to the leaders by beating Gelfand with black in the rapids.

A selection of games from day three are below. All games are available at the official website.

The results on day three:

Blind  Aronian-Carlsen  ½-½

Ivanchuk-Nakamura  0-1

Gashimov-Giri  1-0
Blind  Grischuk-Karjakin  ½-½

Anand-Gelfand  ½-½

Kramnik-Topalov  1-0
Rapid  Carlsen-Aronian  ½-½

Nakamura-Ivanchuk  ½-½

Giri-Gashimov  ½-½
Rapid  Karjakin-Grischuk  1-0

Gelfand-Anand  0-1

Topalov-Kramnik  1-0


The standings after day three:

1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2815
2 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2808
3 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2817 4
4 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2747 4
5 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE 2746
6 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2733 3
7 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2776
8 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2774
9 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2775
10 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2785 2
11 Giri, Anish  NED 2690
12 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2779


Gashimov's blindfold win against Giri won the game of the day prize







Sergey Karjakin with his wife Kateryna Dolzhikova





Topalov strikes back to win his rapid game with Kramnik




Pictures: Association Max Euwe

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