Of the three games a gritty Poisoned Pawn between Gashimov and Grischuk was the most predictable. White sacrificed the b-pawn and obtained a useful initiative.
The position opened up and Gashimov won back the material, but Grischuk managed to exchange off the attacking pieces and held the endgame.
In a Modern Benoni Topalov first sacrificed a pawn but this didn't look quite sufficient and Aronian seemed to have a grip on events. However the Bulgarian found some amazing moves that even involved giving a piece for a dangerous passed pawn. In practise this proved to be enough, (just!) for Topalov to save a half-point.
Gelfand trapped Vallejo Pons's queen, but instead of resigning the Spaniard obtained a rook and two pawns and the complications continued. Evidently a computer would like White but at-the-board Gelfand became sufficiently disorientated to let slip half the spoils.
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2759||0.5-0.5||Alexander Grischuk||RUS||2736||Sicilian Najdorf||B97|
|Boris Gelfand||ISR||2761||0.5-0.5||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2705||Slav Defence||D10|
|Lev Aronian||ARM||2781||0.5-0.5||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2805||Modern Benoni||A64|
With all the games being drawn the rankings haven't changed since yesterday with Topalov and Grischuk sharing the lead.
So after three rounds:
|World Ranking||Name||Country||Rating||Previous participations||Points|
|31||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2705||5||1.5|
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