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chess classic tournm ,london,olympia

Dec 14, 2009, 7:59 AM |

There were two decisive games in an exciting round at the London Chess Classic today. Magnus Carlsen stretched his lead to three points after beating Ni Hua with Black in a game which did not start too well for him but gradually got better and better as the Chinese super-GM faltered.

The other winner was Luke McShane, who also started uncertainly against Hikaru Nakamura but emerged from some complications with a bishop and two pawns for a rook and eventually the advantage of the extra pawns told.

There was a fascinating duel between England numbers one and two, Nigel Short and Michael Adams, with Short seeming to get slightly the better of things until he overlooked the force of Adams’ pawn thrust 40 e6. At the conference he admitted he was relieved that he still had a way to draw.

In 2002, the 11-year-old David Howell broke a record and made headlines when he drew a game in an exhibition rapidplay match with world champion Vladimir Kramnik in London. This time it was serious stuff, but the 19-year-old old Howell drew again. The game came to life when Kramnik sacrificed on f2. It looked good but the ex-world champion lost the thread and eventually drew.


Round 5, Sun Dec 13th, 14:00
Round 6, Mon Dec 14th, 14:00

David Howell ½-½
Vladimir Kramnik
Vladimir Kramnik -
Nigel Short

Hikaru Nakamura 0-1
Luke McShane
Magnus Carlsen -
Michael Adams

Ni Hua 0-1
Magnus Carlsen
Luke McShane -
Ni Hua

Michael Adams ½-½
Nigel Short
David Howell -
Hikaru Nakamura
Luke McShane was awarded the best game prize in round 5 for his fine win against U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura.

Luke McShane was awarded the best game prize in round 5 for his fine win against U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura.

London Chess Classic guest of honour Viktor Korchnoi's first of two simuls was a great success last night as 'Viktor the Terrible' scored 21 wins, four draws and one loss. Jamie Morgan was the winner with a 21 move victory in a Benko Gambit.

The simul went on until 22:30 and the last few games had to be speeded up and eventually adjudicated. A full report, with games, will appear in a CHESS magazine soon.

Tonight's simul will now start at 18.30 instead of the previously advertised 19:00.