London Chess Classic 4: Nakamura on a roll by Colin McGourty

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Dec 12, 2016, 5:40 PM |
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The race is on! Hikaru Nakamura can still dream of overhauling Wesley So to win the 2016 Grand Chess Tour after becoming the only player to win a game in the London Chess Classic for the second day in a row. He emerged victorious from a ferocious encounter with Veselin Topalov, who has now picked up only half a point from four rounds. Elsewhere Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand were thwarted by a combination of missed chances and brilliant defence.

 

 

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The closest we got to a quiet draw was Caruana-Aronian, where Fabiano Caruana tried a new idea early on in a classical Ruy Lopez, but saw it safely neutralised by Levon Aronian. The main talking points were arguably Levon’s trousers and shoes…

 

 

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Both players can be fairly happy with +1 and joint second place so far, though Maurice Ashley perhaps underestimated Aronian’s self-confidence in the post-game interview:

Ashley: Levon, you had two Blacks against numbers two and three in the world and you made two draws. Just what the doctor ordered?
Aronian: I also consider myself to be number two or number three!

As we mentioned, elsewhere all the draws saw missed chances. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave found himself outprepared for a fourth game in a row, but Vladimir Kramnik then gave the Frenchman a real chance to seize the initiative on move 15:Both players can be fairly happy with +1 and joint second place so far, though Maurice Ashley perhaps underestimated Aronian’s self-confidence in the post-game interview: Ashley: Levon, you had two Blacks against numbers two and three in the world and you made two draws. Just what the doctor ordered? Aronian: I also consider myself to be number two or number three! As we mentioned, elsewhere all the draws saw missed chances. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave found himself outprepared for a fourth game in a row, but Vladimir Kramnik then gave the Frenchman a real chance to seize the initiative on move 15:15…f4! would have posed real problems, based on the trick that 16.Bxd4 is all but losing to 16…f3!. Instead after 15…Qd6?! 16.e3! Big Vlad gained a huge positional advantage and later a pawn, but was unable to squeeze out a win in a bishop vs. knight ending, having to concede a draw in 61 moves.

 

 

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