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London Round 2 Thrills And Spills

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/4/11, 1:26 PM.

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgThere was an exciting second round at the London Chess Classic, with two decisive games and a very near miss.

Lev Aronian ruined a promising position in time trouble to lose to Hikaru Nakamura, while Nigel Short played badly, eventually getting a bishop trapped out of play against Vladimir Kramnik to lose with white.

Luke McShane came very close to repeating his feat of beating Magnus Carlsen in the second round of last year's London Classic. McShane was on course to beat the world's #1, but some slight inaccuracies before the second time control was reached cost him the win.

David Howell recovered from his first round loss to draw with Mickey Adams.

Hikaru Nakamura beating the world's #3 ranked player

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No, Mr.Short, I expect you to die!

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Luke McShane came close to beating Magnus Carlsen for the second year running

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"I am not going to lose today. I am not going to lose today". David Howell didn't lose today!

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The pairings in round three tomorrow:

 Levon Aronian v  Nigel Short
 Magnus Carlsen v  Hikaru Nakamura
 Michael Adams v  Luke McShane
 Vishy Anand v  David Howell


Vladimir Kramnik 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 at the official website.

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  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    Yet another Anand shocker...
  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Lawdoginator Guilty as charged! I was retweeting something David Pruess had said... Smile

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    I saw Son of Pearl in the chat room of the London Chess Classic today! 

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ theunsjb Exactly! Kramnik's hands looked oddly placed to me, as if he were stroking an invisible cat (different Bond film, I know) like an evil Bond villan! WinkLaughing

  • 3 years ago

    Taoism

    Mc Shane is getting a good tournament! Amazing battle yesterday between Carlsen

  • 3 years ago

    theunsjb

    LOL at the "No, Mr. Short, I expect you to die!".  From James Bond movie if I'm not mistaken (Goldfinger)?  Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    Aronian will beat Short, the rest will be all draws.

  • 3 years ago

    GM_Joji23

    Hello guys.. please give credit where it deserves to be.. carlsen plays great chess during tournaments .. his definately a tournament player. Anand should be renamed Drawnand.. he does it soo oftenly. he really needs to get back to his game. But talking about brilliant chess, one thats pleasing to the eyes. you can't leave out Aronian and Kramnik . these guys are the masters of sucks.. trust me.. you cant replay the game several times and wonder where they got the minds.

  • 3 years ago

    Chessheromaniac

    Really looking forward to Carlsen-Nakamura today. Naka has had a great start on this tourney, but Magnus is usually playing well against the American Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    HeadlessBishop

    i love hearing people criticize the world's best. check your ego, and then mate yourself... those guys would wipe the board with you.

  • 3 years ago

    billw8017

    Carlsen sees stuff even in deep time control, but I do wonder how far he sees. The game plays itself sometimes so we saw it run out into this position at move 72. Did he then pause for a moment and decide to let the draw happen?

    Bill Williams

  • 3 years ago

    tocoolant

    You're right  billw8017. Didn't see the g4 move. Luke is really playing well. Maybe he just need more appearances on this kind of tournaments to raise to the top sphere of the chess world. Thought, Carlsen is really a die hard player.

  • 3 years ago

    billw8017

    In McShane/Carlsen White wins after 72...Re2+ 73.Rxe2 fxe2 74. g4...

  • 3 years ago

    neilx

    Anand is still the best player, however he has trouble finding a way to win. However, he's got a favorable match tommorrow which I think he'll win and show all you guys why he is the champion! 

  • 3 years ago

    tocoolant

    On McShane Carlsen game: 72 ...Re2 is an instant win for Carlsen isn't it?

  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    Maybe Naka is turning this around now.
  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Go Naka! 

  • 3 years ago

    ChrisWainscott

    About time Naka finally won one. The real test is tomorrow.
  • 3 years ago

    filipinomaster

     Gone are the days when the world champions like Kasparov and Karpov dominated strong tournaments by actually winning. Now world champions are looking for draws so as not to lose. Carlsen deserves to be world champion because he actually plays to win.

  • 3 years ago

    Aknaim

    Really feel sorry for Luke :( he almost had it then drew it. Same with Aronian apparently was better but played inaccurate and lost >.< as for Short that just has to hurt.

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