“Top seeds Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen found themselves propping up the standings in São Paulo after both lost their games in a remarkable third round at the Grand Slam Final Masters.
Vishy Anand was met with a bold opening challenge when Vassily Ivanchuk's played the Ruy Lopez Schliemann, and under pressure an oversight cost the world champion a pawn and the game.
Magnus Carlsen's loss was as dramatic as it was unexpected. Vallejo Pons looked to be heading for another loss as the world #1 gradually increased his advantage until victory seemed to be within his grasp.
But then, proof came that Carlsen is indeed mortal, as he floundered when attempting to finish off the game, eventually blundering a whole piece and losing!
Lev Aronian had the white pieces against Hikaru Nakamura, but the American played confidently to earn a well deserved draw.”
The standings after three rounds:
Pix 1. Magnus Blunders In His Third Game Against Vallejo in Sao Paolo
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