Carlsen Wins London Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/15/09, 2:36 PM.

Magnus_Carlsen1.jpgThere were two decisive games in the final round of the 2009 London Chess Classic, but neither came in the crucial games that decided the fate of the title.

Carlsen held an advantage for a long time against Short but almost blew it in a tricky queen and pawn ending.  Eventually, both players promoted pawns and a draw resulted.

The game between Nakamura and Kramnik was an entertaining struggle, but a draw was a fair result.

The last-round wins came from Mickey Adams who beat Luke McShane, and David Howell who ended the tournament on a high by beating Ni Hua.

So Magnus Carlsen wins the inaugural London Chess Classic, and thanks to his +3 score has surpassed Veselin Topalov on the unofficial live rating list.  With no further rated games expected to be played by either player until the next official FIDE rating list is published on 1 January 2010, Carlsen will become the youngest official #1 in chess history!

The final result:

 Score  Win  Draw  Loss
Carlsen, Magnus  2801 NOR  13 3 4 0
Kramnik, Vladimir  2772 RUS  12 3 3 1
Howell, David 2597 ENG  9 1 6 0
Adams, Michael  2698 ENG  9 1 6 0
McShane, Luke 2615 ENG  7 2 1 4
Ni, Hua  2665 CHN  6 1 3 3
Nakamura, Hikaru  2715 USA  6 0 6 1
Short, Nigel 2707 ENG  5 0 5 2





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  • 7 years ago


    magnusficent.... awesome...

  • 7 years ago


    It's a totally absurd feeling to be a norwegian chess fan these days with this amazing guy never stopping his progress. Chess is really, really a marginal sport in this country. Even if he missed two wins in the tournament, still clear first! Smile

    its not only extreme talent and hard work that has brought him to #1 spot, his humbleness and likeable personality contributes as well. Any 19 year old suddenly being best in the world, would start getting illusions of grandeure and a boasted ego at this point. Not this guy, who seems so likeable and down to earth even so gifted as he is. I hope he continues to focus on chess rather than himself, and play creative chess in 2010!

  • 7 years ago


    As I was watching the live coverage on the site I really thought Carlsen would pull out a win there, but Short defended solidly and maybe Carlsen missed some slightly stronger moves.

  • 7 years ago


    well done to myself, lol.

  • 7 years ago


    i love carlsen the way he cool and easy for a 19 year old...whooa..just awesome!

  • 7 years ago


    I'm glad I'm living in Norway when at a time when such wonderful chess history is being written by a Norwegian boy wonder. Chess in Oslo is great stuff and I've a feeling Magnus' achievements will make chess in Norway bigger. I hope I will meet you in Norway, Magnus at a chess tournament somewhere, and shake your hand!

  • 7 years ago


    Great run by Carlson - two firsts and a second in three super-GM events - to take and keep the top rating. 

    However, he might have beaten Short by going for the minor piece ending with 43... Qe2+, as suggested by Bob Vassar of Richmond, VA, USA, forcing 44 Qxe2 Nxe2  45 Bf1 Ng3  46 Bxa6 h3  47 b4 h2  48 Bb7 Ke8! (only the King can stop the Q-side pawns in time) 49 a5 bxa5  50 bxa5 Kd8  51 c4 h1=Q  52 Bxh1 Nxh1   53 Kc3  Nf2  54 Kd4 Ng4  55 a6 Kc7  56 c5 Nxf6  57 Ke5 Ne8  58 Kf5 and now the White King could hold off the N+P and draw, because Black can't gain a tempo with his K against the a+c pawns without letting one of them Queen . . .  But Black can switch the roles with 58 ... Kd7!!  59 a7 Nc7  60 Kf6 Ke8 and now Black's King can escort the f-pawn to promotion while the N watches both White pawns effortlessly - even losing a tempo when needed.

    It's an instructive minor piece ending, but one I would expect the world's best player to consider.  What was with 43 ... Qd6 anyway?

    But Carlsen and Kramnik are both burning the circuit up in the last few months,:  congratulations to them both, and to London for putting on a great event. 

    Merry Christmas, and "see" you all in Corus after New Year's!

  • 7 years ago


    Chess is improving nowadays. I 've seen these games with Magnus style. It's the battle of good square on the board wherein he was able to march his pieces forward swarming the opponent's king thereby coordinating with his working queen and advancing pawn skermishes for queening. Nice, Magnus. You have one idol here in the Philippines, and that's me.

  • 7 years ago


    Magnus Carlsen - 2810 in 2010 - and he's only 19.

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  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen with only preformence over 2800:

    Final Crosstable


    Nr. Title Name Fed. Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score TPR
    1 GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2801   1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 13 2839
    7 GM McShane, Luke J ENG 2615 0   ½ 1 0 0 1 0 7 2606
    8 GM Howell, David W L ENG 2597 ½ ½   ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 9 2760
    3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2715 ½ 0 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 2644
    6 GM Ni, Hua CHN 2665 0 1 0 ½   ½ ½ 0 6 2599
    5 GM Adams, Michael ENG 2698 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ 9 2746
    4 GM Short, Nigel D ENG 2707 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   0 5 2593
    2 GM Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2772 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1   12 2787
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  • 7 years ago


    Great performance by Magnus, and it will be a delight to see his name as nr.1 on the official world ranking in January...I think maybe Carlsen should have played 54. Qxf6 instead of 54. Qd1+...But it may be draw anyway:)

  • 7 years ago


    Well done to Magnus, and if Luke McShane returns to play in other top-level tourneys, I'll be cheering him on too based on the way he played during this one!

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen is 19. But still impressive.

  • 7 years ago


    There are awsome videos on the official site - I wish every tournament had such a site and organisation!

    Magnus really has it all to become a world champion. Also congrats to Howell (2597) for great performence.

  • 7 years ago


    Extremely well done. The tourament is won by an 18 years old, remember. Highly entertaining games too. Like the last one against Short! (Fresh unorthodoxy versus dry British conservatism...?) In any case, so many of the games from the tournament were such a delight to watch.

    I am looking forward to some GM analyzing these games, particularily the last one here mentioned. I have a feeling Carlsen had the game, and somehow lost the track. Cheers, r

  • 7 years ago


    Well Done to Magnus, but not so convincing this time.
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