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Grenke Classic 2015 Round 3

Opening: C84, E32, B06: Ruy Lopez: closed defense, Nimzo-Indian: classical variation, Robatsch (modern) defense

Player(s): Adams, Baramidze, Aronian, Caruana, Naiditsch, Carlsen

GM Ben Finegold recaps Round 3. A blunderful day in Baden-Baden! Round 3 was quite crazy, with Baramizde and Aronian blundering their games away, and Magnus Carlsen losing - again - to Arkadij Naiditsch. Carlsen chose a rather unusual opening, and got aggressive, showing he wanted to win the game. He had won a convinging game - actually a minor masterpiece - yesterday, and he felt confident. So confident to even sacrifice a piece. Obviously chess engines were all for Arkadij after the piece sac, but Magnus is Magnus, and he managed to more or less equalize the position in the endgame. Then he played a very rare boo-boo move, only to realize it was wrong and lose two tempi to take it back. More than enough to lose a game at this level. Caruana took advantage of Levon's blunder, and won his game almost on the spot after that disgraceful move played by the strong Armenian. Same thing for Michael Adams, who didn't miss the chance to win his game with Baramizde after the latter's blunder. After 3 rounds Caruana and Naiditsch lead, followed by Carlsen, Anand, Adams and Bacrot.

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