MTel Masters Round 3

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
May 15, 2009, 11:06 PM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

Yet more interesting games at Mtel in round 3, but no decisive results from all the action.  Topalov pushed very hard in his game against Dominguez, but his first win of the tournament remains elusive. In an unbalanced, tactical game both players achieved advanced passers, but Dominguez' bishops helped him hold the draw against Topalov's knights.

Ivanchuk got on the scoreboard at last by holding Carlsen to a draw with the black pieces.  After mutual time trouble, exchanges led to a rook ending with a minuscule plus for Carlsen and a theoretically drawn game resulted.

In the Yue-Shirov clash, a nice little combination from Shirov involving a temporary exchange sacrifice earned him a draw.

The standings after round 3:

Wang Yue   CHN   2
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2
Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB   
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  1
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  ½ 

 

Pictures from the official site.  Before the games, the cameras are ready...

 

The fans are ready...

 

The players are ready...

 

Let's go...

 

 

So far we've had one comment in favour of using the 3D pieces and one against.  Let me know what you prefer...

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