Shamkir, Round 3: Carlsen takes the lead

by Johannes Fischer

4/3/2019 – Watch Round 4 LIVE World Champion Magnus Carlsen looks determined and focused at the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir. After defeating Viswanathan Anand in Round 2, he also won in Round 3, beating David Navara with Black through good technique and energetic play. He is now the sole leader with 2½ out of 3 alone. The second win of the day was provided by Anand who bounced back from his prior day's loss to beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The remaining three games ended drawn. Report and analyses by GMs ARYAN TARI and DANIEL FERNANDEZ. 

Navara tests Carlsen's Sveshnikov

So far in Shamkir World Champion Magnus Carlsen is very much on track to make a run at his fourth tournament title. After three rounds, he is also back over 2850 for the first time since his 2016 World Championship fight.

But world number three Ding Liren and Carlsen's 2016 challenger Sergey Karjakin both have one win to their names and are thus just a half point behind.

Let's take a look at each of the games of Round 3. Read more...