Anand Beats Carlsen In London

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/11/10, 12:20 AM.

The third round at the London Chess Classic pitted world champion Vishy Anand against his heir apparent, Magnus Carlsen.  After a six-hour fight it was the Tiger from Madras who layed his young opponent low.

Carlsen slipped up with 24...Be4 in a fiendishly complicated middle-game and tried to survive by building a fortress, but a patient Anand found a way to break through.

Leader McShane had to prove his mettle against Kramnik in a long endgame defending rook versus rook and bishop.  The torture finally ceased with stalemate after 139 moves, and McShane keeps his surprise, but deserved, lead at the top of the standings.

The other games were full of effort but rather less dramatic, with Short and Adams fighting out a draw, and Nakamura barely breaking sweat against Howell.  The American was still in his opening preparation at move 32, spending only 10 minutes on the clock to that point, but despite his own time-trouble Howell built a clever fortress to keep Nakamura at bay and survive.

The standings after three rounds:

 Name FED Elo Pts
 McShane, Luke J ENG 2645 7
 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2741 5
 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2804 5
 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2791 4
 Adams, Michael ENG 2723 4
 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2802 3
 Howell, David W L ENG 2611 2
 Short, Nigel D ENG 2680 1


Anand holds his nerve to beat Carlsen in round three



McShane survives 139 moves against Kramnik to keep the lead



The view of the stage from the audience at Olympia






Round four starts at 14:00 local time (GMT) and features Kramnik v Howell, Carlsen v Nakamura, Short v Anand, and McShane v Adams.

Photos courtesy of Ray Morris-Hill

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  • 6 years ago


    Anand is the best in the world, Kramnik is coming again, Carlsen is not ready because he have not experience.

  • 6 years ago


    I love Carlsen and really want to see him be the world champ some day, but a game like this shows that he's not ready. His real failing here was two bad moves in a row at move 24. On move 23 he was basically a whole passed pawn up. Then after Be4, Qd4 with nasty looking king attacks everywhere, Carlsen panicked and took the knight. This tells me that though he can beat the top, most experienced players on occasion, he's not ready to go head-to-head with them in a long match.

    EDIT: probably what he would have done instead of taking the bishop was Qe6 preparing to trade his queen for knight and rook! But that's a very hard decision to make against a player like Anand.

  • 6 years ago


    UPDATE: Carlsen beats Naka, Kramnik beats Howell, Anand wins his game too.

  • 6 years ago


    I wish that we could see how these great players think...

  • 6 years ago


    I looked at that Anand Carlsen game and thought it was is drawn.  Shows what I know!  The Kramnik McShane game was very interesting after 47.Bxa7.  I wasn't sure white would survive that but he did.  At the very end maybe Kramnik was trying to tire him out.

  • 6 years ago


    And now Carlson is looking better in Carlson-Nakamura.

  • 6 years ago


    Short-Anand. Weak 28...gxh5?. Anand let win slip away. Now he is fighting for draw.

  • 6 years ago


    I am tired of all this talk of Carlsen being the next world champion.  Yes, he is a great player.  But so are Aronian and Karjakin.  They have as much potential to take down Anand as Carlsen does.

  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    I think Kasparov should do something for Carlsen...  

  • 6 years ago


    Carlsen i love you :*

  • 6 years ago


    ooh, nakamura is using his birthday party energy and he's just about to surpass luke when he fights against him. and annand, silently rising to the top! 

    will uke be able to keep that first boost he got with 2 streak wins! -

    this "Bilbao" points system is killer.

    Carlssen 2 looses. .uuu  6 piunts less!

  • 6 years ago


    uncommonly rich perseverance in these games

    so glad to see them here

  • 6 years ago


    wow nice endgame, luke

  • 6 years ago


    @ Bamaknight -  look here Wink

  • 6 years ago


    Carlsen is not going to win this tournament, I have a bad feeling about Kasparov being at the tournament, because I heard that they no longer like to see each other. Carlsen still may be the world champ, however he is still young with weak nerves, good luck to him in the future. 

  • 6 years ago


    What is a stonker?

  • 6 years ago


    Watch out for Naka! He's playing extremely well.

  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    Great dear Anand. Salute u master!

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