Shirov hits back

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The unpredictable, but always entertaining, Alexei Shirov, scored his first victory in the third round of the Biel International. He now leapfrogs Fabiano Caruana into third place behind Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Morozevich who drew their encounter.

In the other game, Yannick Pelletier held Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to a draw in the shortest game of the round.

The round 3 summary:

White Rating Results Black Rating Moves  Opening
Yannick Pelletier 2590  ½-½ Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2722  34 King's Indian
Alexei Shirov 2714  1-0 Fabiano Caruana 2711  63 Bishop's Opening
Alexander Morozevich 2694  ½-½ Magnus Carlsen 2821  52 Grünfeld Defence

The standings after three rounds:

The points tally (according to the Biel regulations of 3 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss) folows below.

However, there is no difference in the tournament positions whichever system is used:

Posn. Name Country Rating Biel points
 1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2815  7
 2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694  5
 3 Alexei Shirov ESP 2714  4
 4-6 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722  2
 4-6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711  2
 4-6 Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590  2

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