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5th Final Masters Sao Paulo Bilbao 2012 (3)

3 draws after tough fights in Round 3 of Final Masters in Sao Paulo

Fabiano Caruana at the start of Round 3. Photo © Albert Silver.

Fabiano Caruana at the start of Round 3. Photo © Albert Silver. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

The 3rd Round of the 5th Final Masters in Sao Paulo saw three draws but only after some fairly bitter fighting. Aronian-Vallejo good prep from Vallejo in a sharp Ragozin gave him slightly the better side of a draw. Caruana won a pawn vs Anand but with pawns on 1 side he couldn't break through. Carlsen set Karjakin problems in a Queen's Indian but the Russian was equal to the task and a piece sacrifice secured the draw. I'd forgotten there are 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw in the tournament. Caruana leads on 7/9 Rest day on Thursday. Friday 19:00 UK time. Caruana-Vallejo, Carlsen-Aronian, Karjakin-Anand.

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Albert Silver.

Round 3 crowds

Round 3 crowds. Photo © Albert Silver.

5th Final Masters Bilbao ESP (ESP), 24 ix-13 x 2012 cat. XXII (2781)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2773 * * . . 1 . ½ . . . 1 . 7 3073
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2816 . . * * . . ½ . ½ . 1 . 5 2876
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2843 0 . . . * * . . 1 . ½ . 4 2749
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 ½ . ½ . . . * * ½ . . . 3 2762
5. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2697 . . ½ . 0 . ½ . * * . . 2 2688
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2778 0 . 0 . ½ . . . . . * * 1 2537

Round 3 (September 26, 2012)
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 70 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Aronian, Levon - Vallejo Pons, Francisco ½-½ 33 D39 QGD Ragozin
Carlsen, Magnus - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 67 E15 Queens Indian

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