Gashimov Memorial: Carlsen Takes Sole Lead, Anand Scores 'Lucky' Win

After three rounds, Magnus Carlsen is the sole leader at the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Today the world champion beat David Navara, who put up a great fight. Vishy Anandwas lost, but won anyway against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who spoiled everything in time trouble.

In a brief interview for the BBC,'s Roland Walker, who works in our anti-cheating department, today commented on the question of whether Magnus Carlsen is a stronger player than Bobby Fischer

Referring to's statistical analysis CAPS, Walker not only answered affirmatively, but actually claimed that Carlsen is the most accurate player that ever lived (and that he is still getting stronger!).

With his win against Navara, Carlsen now has an unbeaten streak of 44 games, which is more than ever in his career.

Still sticking to the Sveshnikov, the Norwegian grandmaster was prepared for Navara's 12.Kh1 (a deviation from one of the Caruana-Carlsen match games) and quickly played a new move himself.

Navara came up with the same Ra1-a3 maneuver as Giri yesterday, but then miscalculated and put it on the wrong square.

"A blunder," said Carlsen.