The third round saw once again the majority of the players slugging it out. The video reports by Macauley peterson show the critical impressions of the players.
Kasimdzhanov was happy to roll out a theoretical line leading to equality and it appeared that Veselin Topalov was aware also of this line so this was the first game to finish well before the time control.
Mamedyarov steam-rolled Anish Giri whose opening preparation backfired. A rare win in 21 moves at this level.
Boris Gelfand utilised theopening preparation he had made for the World Championship match and achieved equality quite easily.
Grischuk wanted to mess up the game a little bit around the time control and Wng Hao started to paly a little loosely. A mistake in the middle game could have cost him dearly but Grischu did not find the winning continuation.
Nakamura nearly succeeded in taking the full point and whilst the tablebases immediately showed a win for white, unfortunately Hikaru chose the wrong variation and a draw was the ultimate result.