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9th Bilbao Masters Final 2016 (3)

Carlsen defeats his World Chess Championship challenger Karjakin in Bibao Round 3

Magnus Carlsen took the sole lead after three rounds of the Bilbao Masters Final with a convincing win against Sergey Karjakin. With three points for a win and one for a draw Carlsen leads with 6/9 a point clear of Hikaru Nakamura.

Carlsen played the quiet 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Be2 g6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Bb5+ against Karjakin's Sicilian. The position was more or less equal out of the opening but Carlsen said that Karjakin must have had better between moves 16 and 20 as after his 21. Kh1 his position was at the very least easier to play. After Karjakin's 30...Rf8 Carlsen's advantage increased move by move as he played a straightforward kingside attack Karjakin's resignation on move 40.

Hikaru Nakamura was held to a draw by Wei Yi who found a way to sacrifice his queen for a fortress structure. Anish Giri sacrificed a pawn for good play but Wesley So had equalised after 24...d5. Giri's exchange sacrifice worked well enough in the game but could only have got him into trouble. The game was drawn in 56 moves.

Round 3 Standings: 1 Carlsen 6pts, 2 Nakamura 5pts, 3 So 3pts, 4 Giri 3pts, 5 Wei Yi 2pts, 6 Karjakin 2pts

Round 4 pairings Saturday 16th July 2016 3pm local time: Carlsen-So, Nakamura-Giri, Wei Yi-Karjakin

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