Carlsen Leads The London Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/3/11, 2:15 PM.

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgMagnus Carlsen took an early lead at the 2011 London Chess Classic by beating David Howell in the opening round.

It was a nice attacking display from the world #1, sacrificing two pawns to tie up Howell's pieces.

It looked like Luke McShane would suffer a similar fate against Lev Aronian, but he pulled off an unlikely draw by repetition.

Vladimir Kramnik failed to dent Hikaru Nakamura's defence, and Mickey Adams' game with Vishy Anand also ended all-square.

Nigel Short had a bye in the first round, and was on duty entertaining the audience by helping the commentary team.

German tennis star Boris Becker makes the first move for Magnus Carlsen

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Offering a prayer? Luke McShane escaped the clutches of Lev Aronian




A good start for Hikaru Nakamura against Vladimir Kramnik

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The world champion Vishy Anand drew with English #1 Mickey Adams

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The pairings in round two:

 David Howell v  Michael Adams
 Luke McShane v  Magnus Carlsen
 Hikaru Nakamura v  Levon Aronian
 Nigel Short v  Vladimir Kramnik

Vishy Anand will have a bye. Games start at 14:00 local time (UTC).

The excellent official website has live commentary on all the action. 

The total prize fund is €160,000 (before tax), with the winner receiving €50,000. If there are any ties in the final scores, they will be broken for ranking purposes only (prize money will be shared) in this order:

  1. Number of games won
  2. Number of games won with black
  3. Result of direct encounter
  4. Rapid tie-breaks and Armageddon game (first place tie only)

The "Sofia" anti-draw rules are in operation, and the 3-1-0 scoring system.

The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, and then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment.

All photos courtesy of Ray-Morris Hill for the official website.

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  • 5 years ago


    nice games for everyone

  • 5 years ago


    carlsen is sporting the worst haircut i've ever seen.

  • 5 years ago


    Can someone explain something for me?


    In the Calrsen game, his move 30.Qe3 seems to hang his bishop, with 30....Qxc4, which also threatens the rook!  What am I missing, I don't even get close to claiming that I could see a GM continuation, so any thoughts?

  • 5 years ago


    Luke just blew it. It's a dead draw now. 

  • 5 years ago


    I still go for kramnik...he will beat those nxt me...


  • 5 years ago


    Carlsen looks done. GJ Luke. Dissappointed with Aronian, deserved more.

    Mickey Adams also played a fluid game which should be rewarded with more.

  • 5 years ago


    When was the last time Anand actually won a game?

  • 5 years ago


    Naka and Aronian commented on the lack of an increment in their match. 

  • 5 years ago


    Is the 30 second increment only after move 60?

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    Did Naka beat Aronian? 

  • 5 years ago


    The website is awfully slow. But it looks like Naka beat Aronian.

  • 5 years ago


    Anand is unbeatable. Great games from Carlsen and Aronian.

  • 5 years ago


    thomastiii why ur bother about Anand too much, anyway no american's going to become world champion after bobby.

  • 5 years ago


    Amazing games in the london classic!!! For some reason each year the london classic presents us with the best games of the year with all the players prepared!

  • 5 years ago


    Magnus is no. 1! Anand is a draw specialist...! WCC 2012 result = nonsense

  • 5 years ago


    Anand plays best in World championships. 

  • 5 years ago



    if Howell plays Qxf5 Carlsen simply plays c4...

  • 5 years ago


    Nakamura born in the same Prefecture as my granddad

  • 5 years ago


    @tarockirer: No, he couldn't. After 46. Qd5+ Qxd5, 47. cd5 b5! black theath of creating passed a pawn would pull white king to the queenside, and after the exchange of the pawns black King would be closer to the kingside pawns then the white. One of possible variations: 48. Kd4 a4, 49. ba4 ba4, 50. Kc4 Kf7, 51. Kb4 Ke7, 52. Kxa4 Kd6, 53. Kb4 Kxd5, 54. Kc3 Ke4 etc.

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