Summary Round 3 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

16-01-2018

After three rounds both sections have two co-leaders, all on 2.5/3: Giri and Anand in the Masters and Vidit and Korobov in the Challengers.

It was an Anand Show in the Masters today as the former World Champion played what is arguably the move of the tournament so far (42.Rd6 – which later drew praise from none other than Magnus Carlsen on Twitter) to force resignation by his opponent Fabiano Caruana. In the other decisive game of the day Gawain Jones beat Adhiban to take his tally to an unbeaten 2/3 – a very impressive start by the Englishman who qualified from last year’s Challengers and is the lowest seed. Tournament leader Anish Giri drew his game against Peter Svidler and was thus joined in the lead by Anand. In tomorrow’s 4th round we will get the much-anticipated clash between Giri and Carlsen, while Anand takes on Adhiban in an all-Indian duel.

 

In the Challengers we continued having our customary three decisive games and in the clash between the top two seeds of the tournament, Amin and Vidit, it was the latter who managed to get the upper hand. The only other player to be able to keep up with the Indian’s pace was Anton Korobov, who beat Benjamin Bok. It wasn’t a good day for the Dutch players as Jorden van Foreest lost to Matthias Bluebaum. Tomorrow the leaders will face the two women players in the field as Vidit takes on fellow Indian Harika while Korobov faces Girya.