Levon Aronian – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½ - ½
Yesterday, in the postgame interview, Aronian joked that bragging rights against friends need to be earned. Today, he rightfully handed those rights to his opponent. Aronian found himself in a very dangerous position in the middlegame after Vachier-Lagrave played an opening he doesn’t usually play. The Frenchman sacrificed a pawn to keep his opponent’s king in the center, but felt that, even though he had sufficient compensation, the position was unclear due to his lack of development on the queenside. Aronian escaped with a draw when, unable to find a better continuation, his opponent decided to repeat the position. This was another frustrating turn of events for Vachier-Lagrave who could have scored at least one full point in either of the last two games.