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London Chess Classic Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/2/12, 1:21 PM.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgRound two of the London Chess Classic pitted world #1 Magnus Carlsen against #2 Lev Aronian, and a dramatic 6-hour game ended in victory for the Norwegian.

So Aronian has made the worst possible start with 2 losses, while in contrast Carlsen has won his first 2 games and now has a gravity-defying live rating of 2855 Elo!

Despite lasting 6 hours, the Carlsen v Aronian clash was the first game to finish in another day of intense action!

Next to finish was the game between Judit Polgar and Gawain Jones.  For a long time it seemed that Judit had winning chances, but Gawain did well to escape with a draw.

in the other games Vladimir Kramnik kept pace with Magnus Carlsen by defeating Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces, and Luke McShane came within a whisker of beating the world champion Vishy Anand - the game ended in a draw after 108 moves!

Magnus Carlsen beat Lev Aronian. Caption competition, anyone?

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Gawain Jones escaped with a draw against Judit Polgar
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Vladimir Kramnik won with black against Hikaru Nakamura
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World champion Vishy Anand only just held on for a draw against Luke McShane
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The standings after 2 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 2 6
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 2 6
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 1 3
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 2 3
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 1 1
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 2 1
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 2 1
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 2 1
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 2 0

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The 2012 London Chess Classic runs from 1-10 December , with one rest day on the 5th December. Games start at 14:00 GMT, except round four (16:00), and the final round (12:00).

The time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, then 30 minutes to finish.  The 'Bilbao' style 3-1-0 scoring system is being used.

In the event of tied scores at the end of the competition, tie breaks are 1) # of wins 2) # of wins with black, 3) head-to-head result. If these mathematical tiebreakers are not enough, then there will be rapid tie-break games and if needed, a final sudden death game.

More information on all the London Chess Classic events is at the official website, including live games and video commentary.

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.  Games via TWIC.

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  • 2 years ago

    cjparks

    @kvlc @waltervettivel Ah, wasn't paying attention to the pawn disadvantage after the fork - thanks

  • 2 years ago

    waltervettivel

    @cjparks 

    If Anand makes that move he will lose the game,then Knight will strike with check.

  • 2 years ago

    kvlc

    @cjparks He could have captured, and then black plays Ne4+, picking up a rook.  In the end, black is probably better.

  • 2 years ago

    cjparks

    In the Anand vs. McShane match at move 59 why didn't Anand capture the rook with his king? I'm guessing there is a rule that I am not aware of preventing such a move?

  • 2 years ago

    waltervettivel

    Aronian has better record against Anand.Only Kasparov and Aronian has better record against Anand.They both have beaten Anand more than Anand beaten them.So in next game Aronian has more hope.

  • 2 years ago

    RHoudini

    Carlsen is so impressive in end games, he's maybe the most naturally talented end game player since Capablanca.

    As to rating inflation, of course it's very real. Carlsen at 2850 is probably about as good as Karpov at 2720 in the early 1980s.

  • 2 years ago

    Vingore

    Carlsen, the Mozart of chess!

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Aronian at last place, maybe he'll perform vs Anand, I won't lose my faith!

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Elubas - yes, I don't pretend to understand the mathematical arguments, even speaking as a Maths graduate myself...Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    Elubas

    There is actually a lot of debate on whether rating inflation is actually taking place or if it's just a myth.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ forrie - yes, the 51 point lead Carslen has over Aronian is very impressive indeed.

  • 2 years ago

    forrie

    sonofpearl: "Of course, with rating inflation this might all be moot anyway...Wink"

     

    maybe the rating isnt directly comparable to Kasparovs.

    what IS interesting is that Carlsen dominates the rating board with 50 points ahead of Aronian AND he and Karjakin is by far the youngest in the Top 24 - this gives the idea that Calsen is at the top to stay.

  • 2 years ago

    Destruction_30

    Kasparov live highest rating : 2856. I don't see win Carlsen vs Aronian??

     

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ lilAj - Kasparov's highest official rating was 2851, but he achieved 2856 unofficially as a 'live' rating.  Carlsen is still just short of that live rating as of today. 

    Also, if Carlsen can score well enough in this tournament he could beat the 2851 'official' mark in next month's rating list.

    Of course, with rating inflation this might all be moot anyway...Wink

  • 2 years ago

    Feci

    @ lilAj: Kasparov reached a live rating of 2856.

  • 2 years ago

    forrie

    yes he did surpass Kasparovs rating but only in live rating not in the fide rating list yet.....

     

     

    # Name   Rating +/−   Games FIDE Age
    1   Carlsen Norway 2855.7 +7.7 2 22 (30.11.1990)
    2   Aronian Armenia 2804.7 −10.3 2 30 (06.10.1982)
    3   Kramnik Russia 2803.3 +8.3 2 37 (25.06.1975)
    4   Radjabov Azerbaijan 2793.0 0.0   0 25 (12.03.1987)
    5   Caruana Italy 2782.6 +0.6 9 20 (30.07.1992)
    6  1 Karjakin Russia 2781.0 +6.0 9 22 (12.01.1990)
  • 2 years ago

    Drakodan

    It still remains to be seen whether he will finish the tournament with his rating as it is now though, that's what matters since his FIDE rating will be updated in January.

  • 2 years ago

    chessmaster102

    nice Smile

  • 2 years ago

    lilAj

    hasn't Carlsen now surpassed Kasparov?  hmmm or maybe I'm just mistaken, because that would surely deserve mentioning in this Article wouldnt it?

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