London Chess Classic: Draw rules the day

It was another day of draws at the London Chess Classic. All the five games were draws in the third round of the last event of the Grand Chess Tour.

Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen drew in round three at the London Chess Classic.   -  Special Arrangement

It was another day of draws at the London Chess Classic. All the five games were draws in the third round of the last event of the Grand Chess Tour.

So, 15 games have failed to produce a decisive result in this tournament featuring some of the biggest names in the name. Round three, however, nearly had one, but that was because of a blunder on the last move by Levon Aronian of Armenia against Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

Aronian, however, offered a draw in that lost position and his rival, who was under time pressure, agreed. The Catalan game lasted 33 moves.

The Catalan was also the opening chosen by World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his predecessor Viswanathan Anand. Theirs was a much quieter game, which also finished in 31 moves.

The results (third round): Magnus Carlsen (Nor) 1.5 drew with Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 1.5; Levon Aronian (Arm) 1.5; Hikaru Nakamura (US) 1.5 drew with So Wesly (US) 1.5; Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) 1.5 drew with Fabiano Caruana (US) 1.5.

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