In the ultra-sharp English opening Karjakin mixed up the lines and gave the wrong check. This left him with material deficit and he could never recover as Nakamura swiftly converted the advantage.
Later Caruana missed a tactical shot that cost him a piece and landed him into weaker position. However, the material was reduced and white succeeded in trading the pawns down to a drawn endgame.
Vladimir Kramnik was forced to defend against his weapon of choice with white pieces – the Catalan opening. Levon Aronian was very energetic, breaking in the center and pushing black pieces into passivity.
Kramnik found the pragmatic solution, he gave up a pawn to free his forces and obtain counterplay. White could not make progress with two weak pawns and draw was agreed after almost six hours of play.
Round 3 results:
GM Aronian Levon – GM Kramnik Vladimir 1/2-1/2
GM Caruana Fabiano – GM Anand Viswanathan 1/2-1/2
GM Nakamura Hikaru – GM Karjakin Sergey 1-0
Round 3 standings (2 points for win, 1 for draw):
1. Hikaru Nakamura – 5
2. Viswanathan Anand – 4
3. Vladimir Kramnik – 3
4-6. Sergey Karjakin, Aronian, Fabiano Caruana – 2
Round 4 pairings:
GM Kramnik Vladimir – GM Karjakin Sergey
GM Anand Viswanathan – GM Nakamura Hikaru
GM Aronian Levon – GM Caruana Fabiano
Photo by Vladimir Barsky
Vijay Kumar presents the video of the match of the legends and the third round of Zurich Chess Challenge: