Anand a sole leader after Round 3 of Candidates 2014 - results and commentary by GM Alexander Delchev

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Anand is the sole leader with 2.5/3 points after the third round of the Chess Candidates Tournament 2014.

Commentary of Round 3 games by GM Alexander Delchev

Topalov-Aronian (½-½)
After so many years of competition between them, Topalov decides to open the game with e4 for the first time. Aronian did not look surprised at all - he shows again the same hand: Marshall Ruy Lopez. I can only admire the persistence he has in playing over and over one and the same line because recently it brought him many painful experiences... see game with commentary

Svidler-Kramnik (½-½)
For the first time against Kramnik, Svidler opens with 1.c4. In 2013 he played twice 1.d4 and in both games he couldn't take advantage - in London Candidates Kramnik played the Improved Tarrash and in Alekhine memorial - Nimzo-Indian defence. Svidler has a good score against Kramnik. In 2011 he managed to beat him twice in Reti opening... see game with commentary

Mamedyarov-Anand (0-1)
in the first round against Topalov, Mamedyarov experimented with the rare 4.Nbd2 g6 5.e3 Bg7 and after the first inaccuracy 6.Bd3 c5 the initiative already passed to black's hand. But his move 4.Qc2 is another story. Mamedyarov is playing regularly this side line achieving remarkable success... see game with commentary

Commentary of games from previous rounds

Results - round 3

1GMAndreikin DmitryRUS½-½GMKarjakin SergeyRUS2
3GMSvidler PeterRUS½-½GMKramnik VladimirRUS4
8GMTopalov VeselinBUL½-½GMAronian LevonARM7
5GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE0-1GMAnand ViswanathanIND6


NameFedFIDE EloPts.S-B
1Viswanathan AnandIND27702.52.75
2Peter SvidlerRUS275822.5
3Vladimir KramnikRUS278722.5
4Veselin TopalovBUL27851.52.25
5Levon AronianARM28301.51.25
6Dmitry AndreikinRUS270911.5
7Sergey KarjakinRUS276611.5
8Shakhriyar MamedyarovAZE27570.50.75

Pairings for all rounds

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