It's not just the chess fraternity that is honoring the late, great Mikhail Tal this year, in what would have been his 75th birthday: the Riga City Council recently named a street in the Latvian capital after the "Magician from Riga".
Meanwhile at the Tal Memorial in Moscow, its not so much a a street as a treat we're getting with some amazing games that even Tal himself would have approved of - none more so than at the end of what was an exciting round three, that saw wins from Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin and Levon Aronian; and a truly remarkably complex duel between Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik that ended in a draw.
Alex Yermolinksy's Game of the Day choice though for the round was six-time Russian Champion Svidler's win over Hikaru Nakamura, as the US #1 found the going tough as he was caught in the crossfire of the former's favorite Grunfeld Defense.
After three rounds, there's a four-way tie at the top between Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Carlsen and Karjakin all on 2/3; whilst at the opposite end of the table, Boris Gelfand, the world championship challenger, finds the going tough follow successive loses, and is deep in the cellar on just half a point.
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