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Kramnik Challenge Day 3: Liang remains at the top

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/08/2021

Awonder Liang scored 3.5/4 to take the sole lead 9.5/12 heading into the final day of Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour Kramnik Challenge. Abdusattorov suffered his first defeat of the event in the very first game of the day against WGM Jiner Zhu. Liang is closely followed by Keymer 9.0/12. Yoo and Abdusattorov are tied at third place, 8.5/12. Leon moved his score to 4.5/12. The last three rounds will be played today at 7:30 p.m. IST. The winner of the tournament will earn a spot at the next Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event. Who do you think will win - Liang, Keymer or someone else?

Leon plays some exciting chess

Leon Luke Mendonca scored 2.0/4 on the third day. He was completely winning in the first game against Maurizzi and he had a good chance against Murzin in the final game of the day.

Awonder scored 3.5/4 on Day 3 to take the sole lead 9.5/12

Round 9: Leon - Maurizzi: 0.5-0.5

Leon started the day with a draw against France's youngest grandmaster, 14-year-old Marc Andria Maurizzi. Although Leon was completely winning in the endgame, he missed his chance and Maurizzi escaped with a draw.

Position after 53...Kf7

Find out the winning continuation for White in the above position.

Round 10: Sara - Leon: 0-1

Leon got himself a better position in the middlegame against IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (IRI) but she managed to fight back until she misplayed in the endgame and lost the game.

Round 11: Leon - Abdusattorov: 0-1

GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) was too strong for Leon as the former converted his advantage into a substantial one in the major piece endgame.

Round 12: Murzin - Leon: 0.5-0.5

Perhaps the most interesting game of the day of Leon was against Murzin which had many layers of endgames in one game.

Position after 57.Na3

One of the most critical juncture of the game was the above position. What should be the correct plan for Black here?

Highlights

A couple of interesting finishes from Day 3

GM Jonas Buhl Bjerre (NOR) drew with IM Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ), Round 10

GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) defeated GM Tingjie Lei (CHN), Round 10
Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour: Kramnik Challenge Day 3 - Live commentary by Surya Ganguly and Tania Sachdev | Video: chess24

Replay all games from Round 9-12

Standings after Round 12

Liang takes sole lead | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Schedule

Every day between 12th and 15th August, the game starts at 7:30 p.m. IST.

Kramnik Challenge will have 15-rounds | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour schedule | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Links

Official site

Chess-Results


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