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Anand Beats Carlsen In London

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/11/10, 12:20 AM.

The third round at the London Chess Classic pitted world champion Vishy Anand against his heir apparent, Magnus Carlsen.  After a six-hour fight it was the Tiger from Madras who layed his young opponent low.

Carlsen slipped up with 24...Be4 in a fiendishly complicated middle-game and tried to survive by building a fortress, but a patient Anand found a way to break through.

Leader McShane had to prove his mettle against Kramnik in a long endgame defending rook versus rook and bishop.  The torture finally ceased with stalemate after 139 moves, and McShane keeps his surprise, but deserved, lead at the top of the standings.

The other games were full of effort but rather less dramatic, with Short and Adams fighting out a draw, and Nakamura barely breaking sweat against Howell.  The American was still in his opening preparation at move 32, spending only 10 minutes on the clock to that point, but despite his own time-trouble Howell built a clever fortress to keep Nakamura at bay and survive.

The standings after three rounds:

 Name FED Elo Pts
 McShane, Luke J ENG 2645 7
 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2741 5
 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2804 5
 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2791 4
 Adams, Michael ENG 2723 4
 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2802 3
 Howell, David W L ENG 2611 2
 Short, Nigel D ENG 2680 1

 

Anand holds his nerve to beat Carlsen in round three

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McShane survives 139 moves against Kramnik to keep the lead

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The view of the stage from the audience at Olympia

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Round four starts at 14:00 local time (GMT) and features Kramnik v Howell, Carlsen v Nakamura, Short v Anand, and McShane v Adams.

Photos courtesy of Ray Morris-Hill

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  • 4 years ago

    betolasker

    Anand is the best in the world, Kramnik is coming again, Carlsen is not ready because he have not experience.

  • 4 years ago

    kmisho

    I love Carlsen and really want to see him be the world champ some day, but a game like this shows that he's not ready. His real failing here was two bad moves in a row at move 24. On move 23 he was basically a whole passed pawn up. Then after Be4, Qd4 with nasty looking king attacks everywhere, Carlsen panicked and took the knight. This tells me that though he can beat the top, most experienced players on occasion, he's not ready to go head-to-head with them in a long match.

    EDIT: probably what he would have done instead of taking the bishop was Qe6 preparing to trade his queen for knight and rook! But that's a very hard decision to make against a player like Anand.

  • 4 years ago

    Kolovrat

    UPDATE: Carlsen beats Naka, Kramnik beats Howell, Anand wins his game too.

  • 4 years ago

    Practicingkid

    I wish that we could see how these great players think...

  • 4 years ago

    jlueke

    I looked at that Anand Carlsen game and thought it was is drawn.  Shows what I know!  The Kramnik McShane game was very interesting after 47.Bxa7.  I wasn't sure white would survive that but he did.  At the very end maybe Kramnik was trying to tire him out.

  • 4 years ago

    RGDS

    And now Carlson is looking better in Carlson-Nakamura.

  • 4 years ago

    RGDS

    Short-Anand. Weak 28...gxh5?. Anand let win slip away. Now he is fighting for draw.

  • 4 years ago

    rookdoubler

    I am tired of all this talk of Carlsen being the next world champion.  Yes, he is a great player.  But so are Aronian and Karjakin.  They have as much potential to take down Anand as Carlsen does.

  • 4 years ago

    TONTON

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  • 4 years ago

    Funtoqolik

    I think Kasparov should do something for Carlsen...  

  • 4 years ago

    stupid_chess

    Carlsen i love you :*

  • 4 years ago

    eaglejorge

    ooh, nakamura is using his birthday party energy and he's just about to surpass luke when he fights against him. and annand, silently rising to the top! 

    will uke be able to keep that first boost he got with 2 streak wins! -

    this "Bilbao" points system is killer.

    Carlssen 2 looses. .uuu  6 piunts less!

  • 4 years ago

    loved

    uncommonly rich perseverance in these games

    so glad to see them here

  • 4 years ago

    _simus_

    wow nice endgame, luke

  • 4 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Bamaknight -  look here Wink

  • 4 years ago

    Kolovrat

    Carlsen is not going to win this tournament, I have a bad feeling about Kasparov being at the tournament, because I heard that they no longer like to see each other. Carlsen still may be the world champ, however he is still young with weak nerves, good luck to him in the future. 

  • 4 years ago

    Bamaknight

    What is a stonker?

  • 4 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Watch out for Naka! He's playing extremely well.

  • 4 years ago

    rgCOCA

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  • 4 years ago

    yasirdubai

    Great dear Anand. Salute u master!

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