World championship match 2013 round 3

In round 3 Schwarzman managed to increase his lead with a victory in the game with normal time controls.

Alexander Georgiev - Alexander Schwarzman 0-2

  1.34-29 19-23 2.40-34 14-19 3.45-40 10-14 4.50-45 17-22 5.32-28 23x32 6.37x17 12x21 7.34-30 20-24 Schwarzman plays a very solid opening. 8.29x20 14x34 9.39x30 5-10 10.44-39 7-12 11.40-34 10-14 12.30-24 19x30 13.35x24 11-17 14.45-40 1-7 15.41-37 7-11 16.40-35 14-20 17.34-30 20x29 18.33x24 9-14 19.38-33 4-9 20.47-41

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21-27! Schwarzman wisely avoids   21-26, since that would give white too much control over the center of the board. With this double exchange he severely weakens the connection between the white wings, leaving white little hope for a successful strategy.   21.31x22 17x28 22.33x22 18x27 23.42-38 12-18 24.37-31 The inactive pieces on 41 and 46 need to be developed. 16-21 25.31x22 18x27 26.41-37 11-16 27.39-33 8-12 28.46-41 21-26 29.37-32 12-18 30.32x21 16x27 31.41-37 18-22 32.33-29 6-11 33.38-32 27x38 34.43x32 14-20! Schwarzman shifts his attention to the awkward white right wing. 35.48-43 A tactical maneuver. After 20-25 white reacts with 36.29-23 25x34 37.24-20 15x24 38.32-28 22x33 39.43-39 33x44 40.49x20, to force a break through on the black left wing.   11-16 36.30-25 16-21 37.25x14 9x20 38.43-38 21-27 39.32x21 26x17 40.49-43 17-21 41.43-39 21-26!

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A draw looks inevitable. But with his last move Schwarzman has set up an ingenious trap. 42.35-30? Georgiev is too eager to develop the inactive piece on 35. 13-19! A tricky combination that decides the game immediately. Of course it was highly unlikely that the world champion would make such a mistake, but the fact that the white king has two choices may have caused Georgiev to underestimate this move. 43.24x13 3-9! 44.13x4 20-25 and Georgiev resigned, because both 45.4x27 25x21 and   45.4x31 25x41 46.36x47 26x37 are lost.

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