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4th Norway Chess 2016 (3)

Carlsen takes the lead after beating Grandelius in Norway Chess Round 3

Carlsen vs Grandelius Norway Round 3. Photo ©

Carlsen vs Grandelius Norway Round 3. Photo © | http://norwaychess.no

Magnus Carlsen was the only winner in the third round of the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger and leads on 2.5/3. Carlsen defeated Nil Grandelius who decided to play and unusual variation of the Sicilian with 2...Nf6, this was a decision to battle Carlsen over the board and he was steadily outplayed. 7.Qc1 was an excellent long term idea, 14...Bh6? was an error after which Carlsen was winning, the position remained complex but Carlsen remained accurate and in control.

Anish Giri had lost his previous five games to Vladimir Kramnik but it didn't seem likely today. After the game Giri showed he was well on top of the theory and Kramnik played 16.Qa5 to get an endgame where Giri wouldn't know the exact correct move. After this a complicated but level endgame arose where both had to be accurate and a draw was the fair result. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Pavel Eljanov drew an interesting theoretical struggle in the Berlin Defence. Veselin Topalov drew with black against Pentala Harikrishna. Levon Aronian seemed to have good pressure against Li Chao but he couldn't make anything of the advantage.

Round 3 standings: Carlsen 2.5pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Kramnik 2pts, Li Chao, Topalov, Giri, Aronian 1.5pts, Eljanov, Harikrishna 1pts, Grandelius 0.5pts.

Round 4 pairings Friday 22nd April 3pm BST: Eljanov-Topalov, Li Chao-Carlsen, Giri-Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave-Kramnik, Grandelius-Harikrishna.

4th Norway Chess 2016 Stavanger NOR (NOR), 18-30 iv 2016 cat. XXI (2770)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2851 * . . . ½ . . . 1 1 2995
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 . * . ½ . 1 . ½ . . 2 2895
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 . . * ½ . ½ . . . 1 2 2856
4. Li, Chao b g CHN 2755 . ½ ½ * . . ½ . . . 2791
5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 ½ . . . * . ½ . ½ . 2799
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2790 . 0 ½ . . * . 1 . . 2784
7. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 . . . ½ ½ . * . . ½ 2719
8. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 . ½ . . . 0 . * ½ . 1 2655
9. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 0 . . . ½ . . ½ * . 1 2665
10. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2649 0 . 0 . . . ½ . . * ½ 2539
Round 3 (April 21, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grandelius, Nils 1-0 38 B29 Sicilian Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 52 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Giri, Anish ½-½ 59 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Aronian, Levon - Li, Chao b ½-½ 40 D15 Slav Defence
Harikrishna, Pentala - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 23 E53 Nimzo Indian

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