Norway Chess, Round 3: Carlsen Leads
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12:50AM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2019 Norway Chess, Magnus Carlsen

It was an excellent round for the champ, as Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexander Grischuk in their classical game with a direct kingside attack to get the full two points for the round, while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - the previous leader - lost his classical game to Levon Aronian, despite having the white pieces. Still more good news for the champ: Yu Yangyi entered the round tied with Carlsen, but lost his classical game against Wesley So. Fabiano Caruana also suffered a loss, to Ding Liren, so in every match involving players with reasonable scores (excepting Carlsen's), the player with the lower score won. Finally, Viswanathan Anand drew twice with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the battle of players entering the round with half a point out of four. As Anand had Black in both games, he "won" the Armageddon battle and took that match by a 1.5-0.5 score.

Tomorrow/today (Friday) is a rest day, so there's a chance I'll get caught up on the games. For now, here are the pairings for round 4, on Saturday:

Carlsen (5) - Mamedyarov (3.5)
Aronian (4) - Vachier-Lagrave (1)
Caruana (2.5) - So (4)
Anand (2) - Ding Liren (4)
Grischuk (1) - Yu Yangyi (3)
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