Kramnik Challenge Day 3: Liang remains at the top
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.
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.
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.
One of the most critical juncture of the game was the above position. What should be the correct plan for Black here?
A couple of interesting finishes from Day 3
Replay all games from Round 9-12
Standings after Round 12
Every day between 12th and 15th August, the game starts at 7:30 p.m. IST.