The third round of the Alekhine Memorial didn't provide as many decisive games as the first two rounds, but there was still plenty of fighting chess to enjoy.
The only decisive game of the day was the last to finish. Michael Adams had established an early lead with victories over Vishy Anand and Peter Svidler, but Boris Gelfand ended his dream start in round three, by beating the English GM.
With all the other games being drawn, Adams now has to share the lead on 2/3 with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and his victorious opponent today, Boris Gelfand.
Adams lost to Gelfand, but still shares the lead
Vachier-Lagrave held Kramnik to a draw to earn a share the lead
Anand could make no mark on Aronian with white
Vitiugov held Svidler to a draw in a tactical fight
Ding Liren drew his game with Fressinet
The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 3 rounds
The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found
here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here. Archived videos are here.
The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.
The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start. No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played. The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.
All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.
The schedule of events
20 April 2013
21 April 2013
22 April 2013
23 April 2013
24 April 2013
25 April 2013
26 April 2013
27 April 2013
28 April 2013
29 April 2013
30 April 2013
01 May 2013
Round 9 & Prizegiving
Games and screenshots from the official website coverage.
UPDATE: VIDEO REPORT by Jason Stoneking