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Wang Hao is one of the 13 leaders on 3.0/3. In round three he defeated Indian GM Sethuraman with a lovely final shot to cap off his game in just 24 moves.
Not all players were worried about their extremly young (and strong) opponents. Kuzubov reads his book while the game against 11-year-old Sindarov (2374 FIDE) has not started.
The players who did worry about their young prodigy opponents did so with good reason too though. 11-year-old IM Praggnanandha drew his third top GM player in a row. After a draw against Naiditsch (2702 FIDE) in round one, then a draw against Safarli (2680 FIDE) in round two, he drew against Salem (2652 FIDE) in round three. There were no mercy draws here either, and Salem pushed for a full 101 moves before conceding the half point.
Laurent Fressinet watches the arbiter set the clocks
In this game, Gawain Jones shares his game against the talented young Argentine GM Alan Pichot, in which he explains some of the challenges Black faced in the queenless middelgame/endgame resulting from the Sicilian 2.c3 line. A worthy lesson.
16-year-old GM Parham Maghsoodloo from Iran has 2.0/3
White uncorked the really odd looking Nh4 here, even worse as it carries no direct threat, and the g6 pawn makes the knight look even sillier. However, White is not some 1500 player, but rather a 2600 GM who had some truly fascinating ideas.
Some moves later, this is how things stood, and now it is Black's knights that look bad, while White's knight is a beast witha beautiful f5 square awaiting it. He is down a piece, but has plenty of compensations, such as the huge pawn center. How did White pull of this miracle? See his analysis with Daniel King below.
Not exactly names that are at the top of your 'must watch' list, but the game was extremely creative and well-played. Watch the analysis by Daniel King and the winner, GM Ahmed Adly.
GM Vladimir Akopian has 2.5/3
The answer to the question in the tweet above is related to the unfortunate way the event started. No fewer than 40 players failed to make the first round, and were defaulted. Of those 40, were 13 GMs, including four Russians such as GM Maxim Mtalkov (2702 FIDE) and Sunan Sjugirov.
Venezuelan GM Iturrizaga is one of the South American contingent playing there
Also originating from South America is Brazilian GM Fier, who now resides in Georgia
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