Grischuk Wins 3rd Game at Petrosian Memorial

Grischuk Wins 3rd Game at Petrosian Memorial

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In the third round, Alexander Grischuk continued his winning streak at the Petrosian Memorial. The Russian GM beat Alexander Morozevich and increased his lead to a full point.

Is he doing a Caruana? Well, the tournament lasts seven rounds, so he could. Grischuk also won his third game in Moscow today, and with draws in the other three games, he is now a point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik.

Morozevich played the Chebanenko Slav as Black but did not manage to equalize. For the third time, Grischuk got an advantage out of the opening and simply never let go.

That's powerful chess! White put his pieces on natural squares, while Black couldn't find a proper setup. The fact that the bishop on c8 only moved to f5 once and then went back to c8 for the rest of the game says it all.

Morozevich became Grischuk's third victim. |  Photo © Boris Dolmatovski.

Ten years ago they played a world championship match, and today they faced each other in Moscow: Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik.

The Hungarian GM played an interesting new idea in a topical line of the Queen's Gambit Declined, and as a result White had a queen, and Black two rooks. At some point it was hard to evaluate who was better but just before the time control the players decided that a draw was a good result.

Kramnik and Leko at the press conference/post-mortem. |  Photo © Boris Dolmatovski.

Ernesto Inarkiev finally got to play with the white pieces, and finally got rid of that annoying zero in the standings table. The Russian GM followed Wesley So's recipe in the Fianchetto Grünfeld (versus Ray Robson at the Millionaire Chess tournament last month) and Gelfand wasn't fully prepared for it — at least his time usage doesn't suggest so.

The Israeli GM quickly went for an ending a pawn down but with a solid structure and active pieces. Soon it became clear that Black had enough to keep the game balanced.

Inarkiev vs Gelfand. |  Photo © Boris Dolmatovski.

Like Peter Leko, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian have drawn their first three games. Today they played a Fianchetto Grünfeld as well, and Aronian followed the moves of Grischuk against the same opponent at the Tromsø Olympiad.

After 19 moves, the game was a beautiful display of symmetry!

The black king is one square closer to the center, but White is to move. Is his advantage bigger than in the starting position? Hard to say!

Aronian did keep an advantage and managed to win a pawn, but Ding showed that he possesses great defensive skills.

The players in good spirits after the game. |  Photo © Boris Dolmatovski.

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Round 3 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Grischuk,Alexander 2795 3523 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 1 3.0/3
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2760 2836 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 2.0/3
3 Ding,Liren 2730 2762 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.50
4 Leko,Peter 2731 2738 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/3 2.25
5 Aronian,Levon 2797 2738 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
6 Morozevich,Alexander 2724 2654 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.50
7 Gelfand,Boris 2759 2640 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.0/3 1.00
8 Inarkiev,Ernesto 2688 2492 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0.5/3

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Pairings & Results

Round 1 15:00 MSK 04.11.14 Round 2 15:00 MSK 05.11.14
Ding Liren ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik 1-0 Inarkiev
Leko ½-½ Morozevich Gelfand 0-1 Grischuk
Aronian ½-½ Gelfand Morozevich ½-½ Aronian
Grischuk 1-0 Inarkiev Ding Liren ½-½ Leko
Round 3 15:00 MSK 06.11.14 Round 4 15:00 MSK 08.11.14
Leko ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik - Gelfand
Aronian ½-½ Ding Liren Morozevich - Inarkiev
Grischuk 1-0 Morozevich Ding Liren - Grischuk
Inarkiev ½-½ Gelfand Leko - Aronian
Round 5 15:00 MSK 09.11.14 Round 6 15:00 MSK 10.11.14
Aronian - Kramnik Kramnik - Morozevich
Grischuk - Leko Ding Liren - Gelfand
Inarkiev - Ding Liren Leko - Inarkiev
Gelfand - Morozevich Aronian - Grischuk
Round 7 15:00 MSK 11.11.14
Grischuk - Kramnik
Inarkiev - Aronian
Gelfand - Leko
Morozevich - Ding Liren

The Petrosian Memorial is held 3-11 November in Moscow. The prize fund is € 100,000 sponsored by Tashir Group.| Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png

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