Ding Liren Takes Over Lead of Moscow Grand Prix
In a clash of co-leaders in Round 3 of the Moscow Grand Prix, Ding Liren of China prevailed over Hou Yifan, his compatriot, to take over sole lead of the tournament.
In contrast to the relative calm of the first two rounds, in which there were a total of only three decisive games, in Round 3 five of the games, or more than half ended decisively. In addition to the Ding-Hou game, Peter Svidler of Russia beat Pentala Harikrishna of India, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan defeated Michael Adams of England, Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway downed Ernesto Inarkiev of Russia, and Salem Saleh of the United Arab Emirates beat Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia.
Ding now leads the tournament with 2.5 points, followed by Svidler, Mamedyarov and Saleh, who have 2 points apiece.
The Moscow Grand Prix is the second of four in the series. The top two finishers will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to select a challenger for the World Championship.