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Magnus Carlsen Wins London Classic 2010

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/15/10, 12:22 PM.

Magnus Carlsen ensured victory in the 2010 London Chess Masters by defeating the demoralised Nigel Short with breathtaking ease in the final round.

Short never managed to get any active play and Carlsen was accurate and merciless to take the full point, and a cool €50,000 for first place.


A happy Magnus Carlsen in the commentary room after his game

Magnus Carlsen_winner.jpg


Carlsen's co-leaders before the final round were Anand and McShane.  Anand got precisely nowhere against Kramnik's Berlin Wall and the players headed for a draw as soon as possible.

McShane was determined not to rest on his laurels, and chose the Dragon against Howell in an attempt to win with the black pieces.  In the event, it was Howell who had the better chances to emerge victorious, but he failed to find the knockout blow in time trouble and the game ended all-square.

The last game to finish saw Nakamura trying to beat Adams by sheer force of will, but the Englishman was unbowed and the draw arrived when only their majesties remained on the battlefield.

Garry Kasparov paid a visit today (with tournament director Malcolm Pein)



The tournament results also mean that Magnus Carlsen should regain his official #1 status in the January 2011 FIDE rating list, just ahead of Vishy Anand.

The final standings:

 Name Nat Elo Pts Black Gms Black Wins Wins
1  Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2802 13 4 1 4
2  McShane, Luke ENG 2645 11 3 1 2
2  Anand, Viswanathan IND 2804 11 3 1 2
4  Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2741 10 4 1 2
5  Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2791 10 4 1 2
6  Adams, Michael ENG 2723 8 3 0 1
7  Howell, David ENG 2611 4 4 0 0
8  Short, Nigel ENG 2680 2 3 0 0


McShane and Anand tied for second since they had exactly the same tie-break scores.  Nakamura finished fourth ahead of Kramnik because he won their individual game.

Congratulations to the players and the organisers in London for putting on a great show for chess fans around the world!






Photos courtesy of Ray Morris-Hill. Many thanks!

18749 reads 71 comments
4 votes


  • 5 years ago


    SO MUCH E4!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo >< >< ><

    :( :( :( :( :( :( Yell Yell Yell

    kramnik messed up soooo bad its unreal id be so pissed of with myself if i were him

  • 5 years ago


    anand is better over all .....
    at least no lost game. That is the real player.

  • 5 years ago


    Nice tournament. Lots of strong players. 

    First time i've seen so many e4 openings.

  • 5 years ago


    he only plays good against known opponents ..remember his loss against luke macshane and a series of losses in olympiad..Undecided

  • 5 years ago


    London put on a very exciting tournament. The scoring system was a success in that the final round offered five players with reasonable chances to win the tournament, rendering as 'crucial' all four of the games.

    If Magnus keeps winning tournaments right up to the candidates matches then perhaps a change to fairly conducted world championships might be closer to a reality. Imagine the reigning champion of the Open golf championship spectating the field as they compete to see who will meet him in a 'final' round. Or consider last year's Wimbledon winner waiting a fortnight to step in and slay the last surviving contender. Ridiculous? Fair analogies?

    Thanks to Son of Pearl for the full coverage of this enjoyable chess event. - peace

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks for the lesson.. i really enjoyed playing with you...GOOD LUCK DUDE!!!

    I am telling everyone about you congrats.


  • 5 years ago


    Carlsen won. Again. A shame he don't claim the real throne. Hope rules will change, then. But huge congrats.

  • 5 years ago


    congrats magnus  :)

  • 5 years ago


    To all the haters - Tongue out

    Fist pump!

  • 5 years ago


    Remember when everyone called that guy an idiot for saying that magnus would win?  Huh? Do ya?

  • 5 years ago


    See idol Frist round upset u make it, like a horse comes from behind. Congrats to u i hope u will be the next world champion.

  • 5 years ago


    And the next world champion is........Magnus Carlsen!   Its only a matter of time....

  • 5 years ago


    1st: Congrats Magnus!

    2nd: On Nakamura/Adams game, wouldn't it perhaps be better for

    48. cxd4? followed by 49. Bc5? So white maintains his lead of one pawn?

  • 5 years ago


    CONGRATZ Magnus..


    im just amazed how the game Howell v Mc shane ends..

    35. Re5 Rd8 36. Rd5 Re8 37. Re5 Rd8 38. Rd5...

    i think white would have an advantage if

    36. Rxh7+ Kg8 37. Rhe7 Rxh6 38. Re8+ Rxe8 39. Rxe8+ Kg7

    40.Rxc8 g2 41. Nf3 Rh1+ 42. Kb2 Rf1 43. Rc5

    and white is two pawns up..

  • 5 years ago


    congrats magnus! your magnifecent

  • 5 years ago


    that's the site I use. I guess it wasn't updated when I went there which was like 3 hrs ago

  • 5 years ago


    Magnus was as Maximus. Great! In the very near future he would be a great chess Khaan.

  • 5 years ago


    ACTUALLY Magnus Will be #1 on the rating list. at 2813.6  and Anand will be 2809.9  For those that do not know it there is a site that provides live ratings http://chess.liverating.org/ its not simple math but it is 100% accurate. These are the ratings for the players.

    IMO needs more motivation, bowing out of the WC was not the thing to do.

    these include the tournaments just completed as of today Dec 15th.

    #1 1 Carlsen2813,6+11,#2 Anand2809,9+5, #3Aronian2805,1+4, #4 Kramnik2784, #5 Karjakin 2775,8+15, #6 Topalov 2774,8-  1,#7 Grischuk 2774,6+3,#8 Mamedyarov2772,2+9,#9 Ivanchuk2764,00 #10 Nakamura2751,4+10,

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