Shamkir Chess 3: Magnus leads, crosses 2850

Magnus Carlsen beat David Navara in Round 3 of the Gashimov Memorial to take the sole lead and return to rating heights he last hit before his World Championship match against Sergey Karjakin in 2016. It looked as though things were about to go from bad to worse for Vishy Anand, but in a hopeless position he managed to trick Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who then blundered again with seconds on his clock and went on to lose the ending. The other three games were drawn, but Grischuk-Giri and Karjakin-Topalov were interesting fights. Read more...