Alekhine Memorial: Three leaders after three rounds
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:59
Round 3 games of Alekhine Memorial were played in Paris on April, 23. Four games out of five ended in a draw.
The key game of the round was played between Boris Gelfand and Michael Adams. Adams was playing black. He started the tournament with two victories over Anand and Svidler. As for Gelfand – it was his first game in the tournament played with white pieces. The most significant duel of the round lasted longer than others and continued for approximately seven hours.
After the game Gelfand told that he used the opening scheme that was played by Alekhine himself. The grandmaster from Israel grabbed the initiative and systematically increased his advantage. In the endgame Gelfand won a pawn and gradually forced his opponent to resign. Having won his first game Boris Gelfand joined the tournament leader.
Vladimir Kramnik had a good chance to join the leaders too, but he missed it. Kramnik won a pawn against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, board number 1 of the French national team. However Vachier-Lagrave managed to save a difficult endgame and also became one of the tournament leaders
Another French grandmaster Laurent Fressinet faced a young Chinese prodigy, grandmaster Ding Liren. The game turned out to be a sharp one. Black had an initiative but white found a way to save the game and it ended in a draw.
Anand – Aronian game showed that the World champion couldn’t use the advantage of his white pieces and had to pass to an equal endgame. This game ended first. Soon after that a draw was concluded by two players from Saint-Petersburg – Peter Svidler and Nikita Vitiugov. Their game finished with a perpetual check.
Round 3 results. Gelfand – Adams 1-0, Kramnik – Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren – Fressinet, Anand – Aronian, Svidler – Vitiugov (all four games ended in a draw).
Places after three rounds. 1-3. Adams, Vachier-Lagrave, Gelfand – 2 points; 4-7. Aronian, Kramnik, Ding Liren, Fressinet – 1,5 points; 8-10. Svidler, Vitiugov, Anand – 1 point.
Round 4 pairings: Vachier-Lagrave – Anand, Vitiugov – Gelfand, Fressinet – Adams, Ding Liren – Kramnik, Aronian – Svidler.
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