Three-Way Tie In London After 7 Rounds

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/10/11, 12:53 PM.

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgAn amazing round seven in the London Chess Classic saw the lead change hands in spectacular fashion!

It was the turn of leader Hikaru Nakamura to sit out the round, but little could he have known that he would be caught and passed by not one, not two, but THREE rivals!

Luke McShane completed a clean sweep over his English compatriots by beating Nigel Short's King's Gambit. All three of McShane's wins have come with the black pieces which could be a crucial advantage if tie-breaks come into play.

Vladimir Kramnik swept aside a demoralised David Howell to join McShane on 12 points.  One of his wins has come with the black pieces.  Finally, to compound Nakamura's misery, Magnus Carlsen also won his game when Michael Adams blundered.  All of Carlsen's wins have come with white.

Nigel Short tried a King's Gambit, but Luke McShane had all the fun

Nigel Short_Luke McShane_LCC2011_Rd7.jpg



Vladimir Kramnik stayed in contention with a win against David Howell




Magnus Carlsen took full advantage of a slip from Mickey Adams




Lev Aronian's game with Vishy Anand failed to spark into life




The standings after seven rounds:

 Name    Elo    Played     Score 
 Luke McShane   2671 6 12
 Vladimir Kramnik   2800 6 12
 Magnus Carlsen   2826 6 12
 Hikaru Nakamura    2758 6 11
 Vishy Anand   2811 6 7
 Lev Aronian   2802 6 7
 Nigel Short   2698 6 4
 Michael Adams   2734 7 3
 David Howell   2633 7 3


The pairings for round eight on Sunday:

 Vishy Anand
v  Magnus Carlsen
 David Howell v  Levon Aronian
 Luke McShane
v  Vladimir Kramnik
 Hikaru Nakamura
v  Nigel Short


The pairings for the final round on Monday:

 Luke McShane
v  Vishy Anand
 Hikaru Nakamura
v  Michael Adams
 Nigel Short
v  Magnus Carlsen
 Vladimir Kramnik
v  Levon Aronian


Michael Adams will have a bye in round 8, and David Howell will have a bye in the final round.

Sunday's games start at 14:00 local time (UTC). The final round starts 2 hours earlier at 12:00.

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 at the official website.

7585 reads 34 comments
3 votes


  • 5 years ago


    Kramnik has won :D

    Well played Luke :) despite the loss.

  • 5 years ago


    Watching the game between McShane and Kramnik - so far it's extra interesting. The Brit is playing really, really bravely and Kramnik has a tons of problems to solve at the moment. Although he still looks pretty calm... Luke is going for the kill, but if the attack doesn't work, than his chances for winning the tournament will disappear.

  • 5 years ago


    Kramnik looks done? I hope :D Come on Luke.

    Damned Drawnand.

    I wish Gashimov was here :O

  • 5 years ago


    Magnus vs Anand looks interesting!! 

  • 5 years ago


    Kramnik and mcshane will draw their final games, and carlsen will go 1 draw and 1 win and win the whole tournament. Although Nakamura is playing against the brits who have not played so solidly in this tournament. So it is not out of the question that naka could get 2 wins.

  • 5 years ago


    I don't think Carlsen just won because of one blunder (as many have said), before 35. ... Nc4 Houdini evaluated the position as +1.42 with best play from Adams, and Houdini is quite conservative with the evaluations. Carlsen considered his position to be winning before the 35th move, by the way.

  • 5 years ago


    I am fan for naka, came on naka,,,,,

  • 5 years ago


    I wish for Kramnik

    but I want a result for Kramnik and McShane. anyone between them should win the title.

  • 5 years ago


    GO LUKE !!! 

    He is about to see the real test coming up.  It will be nice to see a decisive victory.

  • 5 years ago


    eagleezy, why do you hate nakamura so much? Like you know the guy personally or something. And what makes his wins so lucky? Like carlsen hasn't gotten lucky this event? Was certainly in a losing position against mcshane but mcshane let the advantage slip. He just held on to draw against aronian, and just this round he won on a blunder by adams. So it's not like nakamura is the only one who profited from the luck of their opponents blundering. Get over yourself.

  • 5 years ago


    I have faith in Carlsen winning this tournament!!


  • 5 years ago


    Adams-Carlsen 35 ....Nc3 attacking both Rook & pawn

  • 5 years ago


    This will be really close......would be nice to see McShane pull off a major upset here.

  • 5 years ago


    Go Naka!  He still seems posed to win.   He plays Adams and Short next, who both have had a sub-par performance thus far. The current leaders Calsen, McShane and Kramnik, on the other hand, will likely face stiffer competition for these last couple of rounds.  Go Naka!

  • 5 years ago


    The reason the tournament is drawing so much interest is entirely due to the "lesser" players. The others know they must either pummel these "lesser" players or perish and pummel they do.

  • 5 years ago


    I find Naka somewhat arrogant once in a while but usually he's just honest. I was surprised when Naka didn't acknowledge that he was lost to Anand for a while...only to recover after Anand's blunder.

  • 5 years ago


    @chesspanzer i dont think nakas so much arrogant as he is brutally honest and very self confident. theres a difference. and also, when you really look at it, thats how most tournaments are won. just look at this tournament. everyone is sweeping the floor with howell, short, and adams, but almost no one at the top has beaten anand, or aronian, or kramnik. naka is one of the few this tournament who has actually won games against the elite. you could make the argument that naka didnt win those games, anand and aronian lost them, but i would disagree. carlsen only got a draw against mcshane because mcshane made a huge blunder. carlesens game with adams today was basically equal untill adams blundered. my point is that in chess, especially at the top level, most games are decided by a mistake. the real test is your ability to constantly be aware and be on your toes and the sieze the first opportunity you get, and naka did that in both games. i think he deserves the credit.

  • 5 years ago


    I hope Anand decides to play! He usually only does that against Carlsen.

  • 5 years ago


    Nice having it go into the 8 and 9th round and still have four players seriously challenging for the win. I'd like to see McShane, but Naka has two possible wins. The big game may be Annand and Carlsen if Annand decides to play.

  • 5 years ago


    Well Law, it's also a Carlsen year because we won Bilbao and Tal Memorial and his rating is approaching Kasparov's all time high rating!

Back to Top

Post your reply: