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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

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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)

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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!

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  • 4 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    According to the normal scale: 1 for win, .5  for draw, 0 for loss, Anand would've won.

    Thus even though Magnus finished 1st with the bilbao format, he won't pass Anand on the Fide list b/c Anand performed better overall

  • 4 years ago

    iguna

    First of all: congrats to MC

    Secondly: Bravo Luke because no body beat you in this Tournament

  • 4 years ago

    adamWheatley

    why bother with the world cup?? He just took first against the champ and some of the real candidates. He has nothing to prove. Now Magnus vs Kasparov would be something to get excited about!! 

  • 4 years ago

    jonager

    50k sounds pretty nice!

  • 4 years ago

    fattom

      congratulations to GM MAGNUS CARLSEN FOR BEING A CHAMPION IS LONDON CLASSIC CHESS TOURNAMENT ...VIVA TO ALL PARTICIPANT FOR BEING SPORTSMANSHIP

  • 4 years ago

    mustGrowUp

     Naka had a great tournament and showed how much he's improved over just a year.  I think he'll be top 5 within a year.  His disappointments seem to drive him towards perfection and he seems to understand that he is definitely within reach of the crown.  I love his competitive spirit.

  • 4 years ago

    WinstonChesterfield

    I think the scoring system encouraged players to play for win. My analysis might be historically inaccurate, and is certainly short sighted, but I thought that there were a lot of wins and losses in this tournament. I am also very proud of Hikaru, I suppose he squandered an opportunity or two but good showing against the worlds best.

  • 4 years ago

    Practicingkid

    I didn't keep up with the tournament but I like the results. :) Go Carlsen!

  • 4 years ago

    GeniusKJ

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  • 4 years ago

    pawngenius

    I coached Magnus this year.  We will celebrate tonight. 

  • 4 years ago

    springflower

    Congratulation to the winner. However; its really shame as world top players to play without exiting and clever surprising games as chess used to be in the time of kasparov or as the old players. I hope top players would be more improved for such titles in the future.


  • 4 years ago

    indematrix

    Magnus is the winner and the true winner, all other comments on other winners are pointless...Congratulation MC

  • 4 years ago

    deo

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  • 4 years ago

    Chessheromaniac

    Does anyone know where we can find Kasparovs comments online?
  • 4 years ago

    eaglejorge

     Carlssen Wins! 
    (Again!) 

  • 4 years ago

    GeraldEK

    This was a very tough tournament. Congrats Magnus.
  • 4 years ago

    SanWogi

    With all respect to Carlsen I must insist that imo McShane is  the true winner of this tournament. 

  • 4 years ago

    soothsayer8

    Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen! I hope he reconsiders playing in the WC, I think he has the best chance of anyone to win the title next!

  • 4 years ago

    markronilodevera

    first

  • 4 years ago

    C-D-B

    magnus

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