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Carlsen Leads The London Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/3/11, 2:15 PM.

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgMagnus Carlsen took an early lead at the 2011 London Chess Classic by beating David Howell in the opening round.

It was a nice attacking display from the world #1, sacrificing two pawns to tie up Howell's pieces.

It looked like Luke McShane would suffer a similar fate against Lev Aronian, but he pulled off an unlikely draw by repetition.

Vladimir Kramnik failed to dent Hikaru Nakamura's defence, and Mickey Adams' game with Vishy Anand also ended all-square.

Nigel Short had a bye in the first round, and was on duty entertaining the audience by helping the commentary team.

German tennis star Boris Becker makes the first move for Magnus Carlsen

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Offering a prayer? Luke McShane escaped the clutches of Lev Aronian

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A good start for Hikaru Nakamura against Vladimir Kramnik

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The world champion Vishy Anand drew with English #1 Mickey Adams

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The pairings in round two:

 David Howell v  Michael Adams
 Luke McShane v  Magnus Carlsen
 Hikaru Nakamura v  Levon Aronian
 Nigel Short v  Vladimir Kramnik


Vishy Anand will have a bye. Games start at 14:00 local time (UTC).

The excellent official website has live commentary on all the action. 

The total prize fund is €160,000 (before tax), with the winner receiving €50,000. If there are any ties in the final scores, they will be broken for ranking purposes only (prize money will be shared) in this order:

  1. Number of games won
  2. Number of games won with black
  3. Result of direct encounter
  4. Rapid tie-breaks and Armageddon game (first place tie only)

The "Sofia" anti-draw rules are in operation, and the 3-1-0 scoring system.

The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, and then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment.

All photos courtesy of Ray-Morris Hill for the official website.

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  • 3 years ago

    xanongtherock

    nice games for everyone

  • 3 years ago

    lopside

    carlsen is sporting the worst haircut i've ever seen.

  • 3 years ago

    Boz3030

    Can someone explain something for me?

     

    In the Calrsen game, his move 30.Qe3 seems to hang his bishop, with 30....Qxc4, which also threatens the rook!  What am I missing, I don't even get close to claiming that I could see a GM continuation, so any thoughts?

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Luke just blew it. It's a dead draw now. 

  • 3 years ago

    ogagska

    I still go for kramnik...he will beat those nxt opponent...trust me...

    Cool

  • 3 years ago

    Chesspanzer

    Carlsen looks done. GJ Luke. Dissappointed with Aronian, deserved more.

    Mickey Adams also played a fluid game which should be rewarded with more.

  • 3 years ago

    jwalexander

    When was the last time Anand actually won a game?

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Naka and Aronian commented on the lack of an increment in their match. 

  • 3 years ago

    keeganomahoney

    Is the 30 second increment only after move 60?

  • 3 years ago

    El-Turco

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  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Did Naka beat Aronian? 

  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    The website is awfully slow. But it looks like Naka beat Aronian.

  • 3 years ago

    DName

    Anand is unbeatable. Great games from Carlsen and Aronian.

  • 3 years ago

    godbobby

    thomastiii why ur bother about Anand too much, anyway no american's going to become world champion after bobby.

  • 3 years ago

    heririswd

    Magnus is no. 1! Anand is a draw specialist...! WCC 2012 result = nonsense

  • 3 years ago

    novzki41

    Anand plays best in World championships. 

  • 3 years ago

    Kenji_Yamazaki

    goku1999

    if Howell plays Qxf5 Carlsen simply plays c4...

  • 3 years ago

    Kenji_Yamazaki

    Nakamura born in the same Prefecture as my granddad

  • 3 years ago

    Caliphigia

    @tarockirer: No, he couldn't. After 46. Qd5+ Qxd5, 47. cd5 b5! black theath of creating passed a pawn would pull white king to the queenside, and after the exchange of the pawns black King would be closer to the kingside pawns then the white. One of possible variations: 48. Kd4 a4, 49. ba4 ba4, 50. Kc4 Kf7, 51. Kb4 Ke7, 52. Kxa4 Kd6, 53. Kb4 Kxd5, 54. Kc3 Ke4 etc.

  • 3 years ago

    peacefulblue

    Go go Hikaru! Good defense against Kramnik! By the way I grew up in the same home town as you, White Plains, New York!

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