10th Norway Chess 2022 R3: Anand beats Hao in Armageddon, maintains sole lead
Vishy Anand played his first Armageddon of 10th Norway Chess 2022 in the third round against Hao Wang. He won the must-win game convincingly. The maestro maintained his sole lead 7.5/9. Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored their first Classical victories of the event against Teimour Radjabov and Aryan Tari respectively. Wesley So gave Anish Giri a taste of his own medicine. Although it was completely winning for the Fischer Random world champion, he drew as it was enough for him to win the match. Mamedyarov beat Topalov in Armageddon to win the match. Round 4 starts today from 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess
Carlsen and Vachier-Lagrave score in Classical
The third round had two decisive Classical games. Two out of three Armageddon were won with the white pieces. Just like the previous day, the third Armageddon were drawn by the black pieces, although it was winning because Armageddon has draw odds for Black.
Carlsen - Radjabov: 3-0
Magnus Carlsen (2864) took a pawn in the opening, which he defended in an ugly way, according to him. It eventually played a crucial role in his victory over Teimour Radjabov (2753).
White took the c4-pawn 11.Qxc4 and eventually the b2-pawn became a passed after black's c-pawn got exchanged with d4 in the next few moves.
Anand - Hao: 1.5-1
The Classical game between Vishy Anand (2751) and Hao Wang (CHN, 2744) ended in a draw. Anand won the Armageddon after his opponent decided to give up his queen for a rook and a knight.
Black made a very good practical decision of playing 23...Nxe4 because it is quite difficult to win Armageddon with white pieces. Although white gets a minute extra, black having the draw odds puts added pressure on white. In this case, Anand took the challenge. He captured the bishop 24.Rxc8 Qxc8 25.Nxc8 Rxc8 26.Qg4 and went on to win the game, thus the match too.
Tari shares his thoughts about a move during the game
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Blitz Round 1 starts on 30th May 2022. at 6 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. IST).
Classical games will be played from 31st May to 10th June 2022. Everyday game starts at 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). 4th and 8th June are the rest days.