Nakamura leads in Zürich

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won against GM
Sergey Karjakin in the 3rd round of the Zürich Chess
and leads with 2,5 points.Nakamura also
passed 2800 in elo after this win.The games Aronian-
Kramnik and Caruana-Anand ended in draws.Anand
follows in 2nd place with 2 points while Kramnik has
1,5 points.The 4th round will be played today With
the games Kramnik-Karjakin, Anand-Nakamura and
Aronian-Caruana. The games start 3 p.m. (15.00)
and can be followed live on ChessBomb. Read the
round report from the 3rd round on Chessbase.

Zürich Chess Challenge: Anand smashed Aronian


Yesterday was yet again one of those days when
exchampion Vishy Anand got the pieces working fine
together. In the 2nd round of the Zürich Chess Challenge
the exchampion had prepared an improvement in a
Grünfeld-line which he used against World Champion
Magnus Carlsen in their match in Sochi in November.
 His Armenian opponent GM Levon Aronian struggled
to find good answers to the 12.Rd1-line which Anand
had prepared. Aronian got a bishop on f4, but Anand got
formidable compensation with active pieces and a passed
pawn on d7. Anand later got back the the piece as black
had to sacrifice back on the pawn on d7. Later he won
a piece as he picked up black`s Knight on a6. Aronian
called it a day after 28 moves.A really fine performance
by Anand bringing him up in joint lead with Nakamura
who drew Kramnik as black.The last game of the round
saw Karjakin battling it out with Caruana. The players
discussed the Berlin-defence (4.d3-variation). After
41 moves the players agreed upon a draw.The 3rd round
will be played today with the games Aronian-Kramnik,
Caruana-Anand and Nakamura-Karjakin. follow the
games live on ChessBomb from 3 p.m. (15.00).
From 11 a.m. you can follow the last two games in
the rapid match between the legends Korchnoi and
Uhlmann the same place.The match stands 1-1 after
both players won with white yesterday.
Read the report from yesterday`s games in Zürich
in ChessBase.
Photo:Eteri Kublashvili





Växjö:Meier wins

German GM Georg Meier (right) won Elite Hotels Open in Växjö with
7,5 points after 8 rounds. He beat the Swede GM Erik Blomqvist as white
in the last round. Blomqvist was second with  6,5 points.GM Yuri Solodovni-
chenko was Third, also with 6,5 points. Svein Rishovd from Moss Sjakklubb
was the only Norwegian player. He made a fine tournament with 5 points
after winning 4 games and drawing the Swedish IM Axel Ornstein in the
6th round.Svein was number 42.

Arendal:Leffi overlegen

GM Leif Erlend Johannessen (t.v.) vant som ventet en overlegen seier
under helgens Arendal GP. Leffi scoret 4,5 poeng på de 5 rundene og
droppet bare en remis.FM Petter Fossan og Eivind Olav Risting fulgte på
de neste to plassene med 3,5 poeng. Her merker vi oss også at Vebjørn
Selbekk fra Moss fadet ut etter gårsdagens 3.runde. Et resultat av terroren
i København? Vebjørn er det yndet intervjuobjekt og svært engasjert i
debatter mellom kristne og muslimer omkring ytringsfriheten.

Pfalz Open:Tough fighting

Grandmaster Matthias Womacka (left) – here in play against FM Wilfrid
Wernert in the Oberliga in Leipzig January 2014 – has started the Pfalz
with 2,5 points in 3 rounds. The player from Schwäbisch Hall won
his game with black in the 3rd round.Grandmaster Vladimir Baklan won
and has 3 points as have many other strong grandmasters.The 4th round
will be played this morning.