An Exciting Finale Expected In London
The penultimate round of the London Chess Classic produced four more excellent games, and set-up the final round for a thrilling conclusion.
Vladimir Kramnik kept the contest for first place alive by beating Gawain Jones in their encounter. That leaves him just 2 points behind leader Magnus Carlsen before the final round tomorrow (3-1-0 scoring).
Judit Polgar scored her first win of the tournament with the black pieces against Luke McShane. At last some reward for the efforts of the #1 rated women's player!
There have been many candidates for game of the tournament so far, but Vishy Anand's clash with Hikaru Nakamura must be a contender. Both sides missed winning opportunities in a complicated game. "Basically, I screwed up!" said Anand in the press conference, sparing Nakamura from losing on his 25th birthday!
Finally, Mickey Adams had a good position against an out-of-sorts Lev Aronian, but a draw was the end result.
Vladimir Kramnik could still beat Magnus Carlsen for first place
Luke McShane succumbed to Judit Polgar
Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura provided great excitement in their game
Lev Aronian and Mickey Adams drew their game
The standings after 8 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)
|Jones, Gawain C B||ENG||2644||8||3|
The final round of the London Chess Classic starts 2 hours earlier than usual, at 12:00 GMT. The time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, then 30 minutes to finish. The 'Bilbao' style 3-1-0 scoring system is in operation.
In the event of tied scores at the end of the competition, tie breaks are:
1) # of wins
2) # of wins with black
3) head-to-head result
If these mathematical tiebreakers are not enough, then there will be rapid tie-break games and if needed, a final sudden death game.