DUBAI — Grandmasters Milanovic Danilo of Serbia, Kotanjian Tigran of Armenia, Hossain Enamul of Bangladesh and Maletin Pavel of Russia shared the lead with three points after the third round of 11th Dubai Open Chess Championship held at Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Twenty-one players shared second spot with 2.5 points while 34 players shared the third spot with two points.
Milanovic won against GM Melkumyan Hrant of Armenia in a marathon battle lasting 67 moves. In a co-ordinated attacking manouvre, Milanovic won a pawn after exchange of the queens on the 33rd move. In a rook and pawn endgame, Milanovic created an advanced passed pawn in the queen side. Melkumyan gave up a piece for a passed pawn on the seventh rank. The rest was routine technique.
Maletin defeated GM Guliev Sarhan of Azerbaijan in a keenly contested match from a Queen’s Gambit Declined. Maletin had bishop pair advantage and put it to good use and got material advantage. In a rook and minor piece endgame, he advanced his passed pawn in the centre and his pieces dominated proceedings.
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