by National Life Master Loal Davis
Karjakin played the White pieces against Van Wely’s Pirc Defense arriving at a position where White was slightly better, but then made a very interesting move of maintaining the tension on the e5 square instead of exchanging. This was rife with tactical opportunities and not easy for Black to play against at all.
Eventually Van Wely chose to dive into the tactics and sacrifice his Queen for some “compensation”. It never really looked like enough.
The position eventually evolved into two passed Pawns versus a Rook. They were too far advanced and Black’s King and Rook too far away to resist.
Wesley So versus Richard Rapport was a hard fight where Black essayed a trick Bishop infiltration; not to be taken (Royal Fork).
Black actually ended up better, maybe even winning. However Rapport fell into a Knight fork around move 34 and White went on to win the game.
Yi Wei versus Ian Nepomniachtchi was a very hard fought and long affair eventually ending up with a Rook versus Bishop ending winning for White.
All Round 3 Images Below Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.