Carlsen wins again in round 3

Carlsen wins again in round 3

| 6 | Chess Event Coverage

Magnus takes the sole lead at Biel

Is Magnus Carlsen (pictured) already so good that his opponents are in awe of him?  Etienne Bacrot played well with the Black pieces against the Norwegian boy wonder, and may even have been better at some points, but Bacrot seemed to lack confidence and stumbled badly in time pressure to lose very suddenly.  A great shame for the Frenchman, but at the moment Carlsen just seems to have an aura of invincibility about him.

Alexander Onischuk celebrated being selected for the US Olympiad team by winning today in a long struggle with Yannick Pelletier.  The American was the victor in an instructive rook ending to take his first win of the tournament.

The recent Dortmund tournament saw the world title challenger Vladimir Kramnik lose dramatically with the Berlin defence, but this dependable, but dull, choice proved it's worth again today as Evgeny Alekseev used it to draw comfortably against Leinier Dominguez.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a rest day so round 4 is on Thursday.

The results in round 3:

Carlsen, Magnus - Bacrot, Etienne 1-0 31 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Onischuk, Alexander - Pelletier, Yannick 1-0 57 E15 Queens Indian
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Alekseev, Evgeny ½-½ 36 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin


The standings after round 3:

 Carlsen, Magnus    NOR    2775 

 Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS  2708 

 Onischuk, Alexander   USA  2670 

 Dominguez Perez, Leinier   CUB  2708 

 Bacrot, Etienne   FRA  2691 

 Pelletier, Yannick   SUI  2569 













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