Tata Steel Round 3 Report

Anish Giri shocks Magnus Carlsen with black pieces

Tata Steel Chess

Dutch youngster Anish Giri stunned the top-seeded Magnus Carlsen in the 3rd round of the Tata Steel 2011 chess tournament and inflicted him a defeat after only 22 moves of play. Carlsen played an opening novelty, but Chessdom commentator GM Christian Bauer evaluated that White can reach an equal position at best. However, Carlsen tried to complicate matters, but Giri’s energetic play netted him a piece and White immediately gave up.

Jan Smeets blundered a small combination that cost him a pawn and the former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov dully converted the advantage. The reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Erwin l’Ami. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Alexei Shirov after the grueling 93-moves long fight and took the pole position with 2.5 points.

Tata Steel games with computer analysis

Round 3 results:

Erwin l’Ami NED 2628 – Viswanathan Anand IND 2810 draw

Jan Smeets NED 2662 – Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2744 0-1

Magnus Carlsen NOR 2814 – Anish Giri NED 2686 0-1

Hikaru Nakamura USA 2751 – Alexey Shirov ESP 2722 1-0

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721 – Levon Aronian ARM 2805 draw

Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2715 – Alexander Grischuk RUS 2773 draw

Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784 – Wang Hao CHN 2731 draw

Round 4 pairings:

Viswanathan Anand IND 2810 – Wang Hao CHN 2731

Alexander Grischuk RUS 2773 – Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784

Levon Aronian ARM 2805 – Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2715

Alexey Shirov ESP 2722 – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2721

Anish Giri NED 2686 – Hikaru Nakamura USA 2751

Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2744 – Magnus Carlsen NOR 2814

Erwin l’Ami NED 2628 – Jan Smeets NED 2662

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