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Great win brings Caruana next to Vallejo

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CaruanaFrancisco Vallejo Pons and Fabiano Caruana are leading with 2/3 in a strong round-robin that's currently taking place in Pamplona, Spain. In the third round Caruana beat Vallejo - a great game that deserves a separate post here.

Photo: Gigi Troso

The 18th "Ciudad de Pamplona" is organized by the Institution Oberena, sponsored by the Government of Navarre and the city council of Pamplona, Spain. It's an 8-player round-robin with Caruana, Vallejo, Nepomniachtchi, Sasikiran, Roiz, Malakhov Salgado Lopez and Delchev. Tournament director is GM Jesus de la Villa. The event is held in the Iru?ɬ±a Park Hotel in Pamplona and the rate of play is two hours for the whole game, plus 30 seconds increment per move.

Number one seed Paco Vallejo, who was assisting Topalov in Nanjing last week, started with wins against Delchev and Salgado Lopez. In the third round he reached a promising position with Black against Caruana, but then he missed a tactical shot by the 16-year-old, two times Italian champion:



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