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London Chess Classic 2014 - Round 3

Opening: C52, C67: Evans Gambit, Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense

Player(s): Nakamura, Anand, Kramnik, Adams, Caruana, Giri

GM Lars Bo Hansen recaps Round 3. Three draws today. Yet, it was arguably the most exciting round of the London Chess Classic so far. Hikaru Nakamura wanted to get out of the normal paths and played the Evans Gambit against Anand; it's very unusual to see this old opening used at the top level. Not content with that, Hikaru played the novelty 9.a4. Anand was able to contrast Hikaru's preparation, and the game went on to end in a well played draw. Kramnik and Adams played a hard-fought game, with Kramnik missing a win in time trouble, to then play a flawless defense after the time control. Caruana tried to win his game against Giri, to come back after the first two games, where he collected a draw and a loss. But Giri defended well, and there was no chance for the Italian to score the three soccer-like points. Kramnik and Giri keep the lead, with 5 points and two rounds to go. Adams follows with 4, then Anand with 3. Nakamura and Caruana close the list with 2 points.

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