Magnus Carlsen Wins Again In London

Magnus Carlsen Wins Again In London

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London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen won yet another game at the London Chess Classic in the fifth round against Mickey Adams.

It was quite a recovery in the game for Carlsen who had been a pawn down and looked to be in trouble.  Yet, in just a few moves the situation reversed and Magnus won the pawn ending.

For the record, Magnus Carlsen's live rating is now 2860.5 Elo.

Vladimir Kramnik defeated Luke McShane in a nice game for the Russian to keep the pressure on Carlsen at the top of the leaderboard.  Kramnik will not give up his title without a fight!

Vishy Anand's game was the first to finish, and at last the world champion scored a win!  Anand defeated Gawain Jones with the black pieces to finally make a positive mark on the tournament.

Finally, Hikaru Nakamura weaved a mating net around Judit Polgar's exposed King to make it four out of four decisive games in the fifth round at the London Chess Classic.

Lev Aronian (left) took his turn in the commentary room with Danny King and Nigel Short (right)

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Magnus Carlsen turned around a worse position to beat Mickey Adams

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Vladimir Kramnik defeated Luke McShane

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Vishy Anand completed a bad day for the English players, beating Gawain Jones.

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Judit Polgar lost to Hikaru Nakamura

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The standings after 5 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 5 13
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 5 11
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 5 8
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 4 7
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 4 6
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 4 4
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 5 2
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 4 1
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 4 1


The 2012 London Chess Classic runs from 1-10 December , with one rest day on the 5th December. Games start at 14:00 GMT, except round four (16:00), and the final round (12:00).

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 being used.

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.

More information on all the London Chess Classic events is at the official website, including live games and video commentary.

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.  Games via TWIC.

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