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London Classic Round Three

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/5/11, 12:23 PM.

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgThe third round at the London Chess Classic was another hugely entertaining day with four hard-fought games producing three decisive results.

Magnus Carlsen's strong recent record against Hikaru Nakamura continued with yet another victory against the American. The exchange sacrifice with 31.Rxf6 quickly led to a brutal win.

The tournament underdog David Howell really had the world champion on the ropes after Anand's attempted kingside attack backfired, but a few less than perfect moves in time-trouble let the advantage slip away, leaving only a draw.

Nigel Short once again struggled to achieve a playable position out of the opening and Lev Aronian kept up the pressure to bring home the full point, with Short graciously allowing checkmate to finish the game.

The last game to finish saw Luke McShane win with black against Mickey Adams. After missing a win against Magnus Carlsen yesterday, McShane uncorked 18..Bxh3 and Adams fought shy of the sacrifice, deciding to accept the loss of a pawn. That proved to be crucial, and after 61 moves Adams tendered his resignation.

The standings after three rounds:

 Name  Elo  Played   Score 
 Magnus Carlsen   2826  3 7
 Luke McShane 2671 3 5
 Hikaru Nakamura  2758 3 4
 Lev Aronian 2802 3 4
 Vladimir Kramnik 2800 2 4
 Vishy Anand 2811 2 2
 David Howell 2633 3 2
 Michael Adams 2734 3 2
 Nigel Short 2698 2 0

 

I thought Garry's advice was supposed to be helping me? Nakamura loses to Carlsen

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David Howell came close to claiming the world champion's scalp

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Short on ideas? Nigel suffered his second loss in two games

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Mickey Adams (right) lost to Luke McShane in the last game to finish

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The pairings in round four tomorrow:

 Magnus Carlsen
v  Vladimir Kramnik
 Michael Adams
v  Nigel Short
 Vishy Anand
v  Hikaru Nakamura
 David Howell
v  Luke McShane


Lev Aronian will have a bye. Games start two hours later at 16:00 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 at the official website.

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  • 2 years ago

    noelpals

    good analysis....anand does not want gelfan to know what he might play!!!because world championship macth is more3x!!!important than this tournament....i hope carlsen will face anand next world championship macth...

  • 2 years ago

    TheYear9876

    the only pure breed americans are Indians , the red variety and they in fact originated in asia , crossing over the frozen Bering Straits.

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    What's this "pure breed" stuff?  

  • 2 years ago

    Appa

    Naka is not a pure breed American. No pure breed American has ever beaten Carlsen till today...for your kind information Gata Kamsky is a Russian actually .

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Magnus and Hikaru played blitz all night long once. They played at least a hundred games and Nakamura won about 40 to 45 games. 

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Dozens of times! 

  • 2 years ago

    Ben-Oni

    What was Anand saying about computers and chess yesterday?

  • 2 years ago

    Ben-Oni

    Has Nakamura ever beaten Carlson? 

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Naka! Naka! Naka! 

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Naka beat Anand! No draw!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    dermi

    Anand knows in-between moves better than us, he also implement this in life. 

    he knows better what to do at this time

    WC is more important for him than these small tournaments.

  • 2 years ago

    TheYear9876

    fantastic website ! i think it went down because they were actually trying to do too much ! the boards , live video of the players at the boards and  excellent live analysis. i thought Kramnik was particularly good.

  • 2 years ago

    Hendrik77

    There arent many checkmates in masterlevel, like the outcome of Aronian-Short, good game. And ofcourse Carlsens was amazing.

  • 2 years ago

    James_Bond_Fan

    I thought Garry's advice was supposed to be helping me? Nakamura loses to Carlsen

    LOL. All Kaparov knows is the Carlsbad pawns an placing the Knight on e5. Not much LOL

    And Carlsen only has a talent handling pawnstructures, also not much LOL

  • 2 years ago

    Bochumer

    Anand will not push for wins till the world championship..he does not want Gelfand to know what he might play..Also he just wants the feel for playing games under tournament pressue.. Hope we see his real self in the World Championship

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Maybe Nakamura will take Anand to Ouchtown tomorrow. Someone needs to wake up that sleeping Champion. 

  • 2 years ago

    rubenshein

    Excellent website! Many a tournament organizer has something to learn from the Londoners.

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    I think we will see the real Anand in the World Championships. Carlsen vs Kramnik should be interesting!

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  • 2 years ago

    jittu

    Some peopkle say anand don't care about sofia rules he already had decide tt o go for draw all the game !?

       But I know, he is very well known of chess (tournament). and very hidden  persenalty.. u cant understand easly what and why he is doing that all * dont froget he did't loose also* the motto of anand is 'draw is better than loosing'.

  • 2 years ago

    navnitkumar14

    magnus is my favorite hope magnus will won

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