London Chess Classic 6: Caruana’s brilliancy by Colin McGourty

Dec 15, 2016, 7:15 PM |

Fabiano Caruana is within 11 points of Magnus Carlsen on the rating list after beating Hikaru Nakamura with a brilliant queen sacrifice in a razor-sharp line of the Najdorf Sicilian. Wesley So still leads after cashing in on Veselin Topalov’s continuing self-destruction, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave did the same when Levon Aronian over-pressed. Even Vishy Anand was in trouble after a speculative sacrifice, but he managed to hold against Anish Giri.




 After three rounds in which only a single game was decisive it seems the rest day was just what the doctor ordered!

The undisputed game of the day was the all-American clash:

Fabiano Caruana 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura

One of the things we missed in the 2016 World Championship match was any dramatic opening bomb, with both teams having put in enormous work to avoid any match-deciding surprises.