Friday 27 January 2017

2017 Gibraltar Masters - Day 3

The third round of the 2017 Gibraltar Masters saw the leading group thinning, with more top seeds being forced to concede draws to lower rated opponents. Nakamura drew with GN Gopal in a game where the only pawn exchange occurred on move 3/4 with the position being almost totally blocked by move 40. Yangyi Yu drew with Antipov, although this game saw all but one pair of pawns exchanged before a drawn rook ending was reached.
Michael Adams is not the highest seeded player on 100% after winning a double rook ending against Deac Bogdan-Daniel. Vitiugov is the only 2700+ player on 3, along with another 7 players.
Slightly further down Caruana and Vachier-Lagrave moved up to 2.5/3, although Peter Svidler scored his second draw after surviving a ferocious attack by Nitzan Steinberg (Click on this link and look for the game!) IM Bobby Cheng moved to 2/3 with a win over FM Angelo Damia, while FM Zachary Loh scored a big upset, beating GM Victor Mikhalevski and is now also on 2/3.

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