London Classic Round Six

London Classic Round Six

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London Chess Classic 2011.jpgAfter some pulsating chess and lots of decisive results so far, round six was a relatively quiet affair.

Hikaru Nakamura celebrated his 24th birthday today, but he was unable to mark the occasion with a win. In a critical battle with Luke McShane a draw was the final result.

As fate would have it, all of the other games also ended inconclusively so Hikaru Nakamura still leads with three rounds remaining.

It is Hikaru Nakamura's turn next to take his bye, so the other players will be hoping to make ground as the tournament heads towards its finale.













The standings after round six:

 Name   Elo   Played    Score 
 Hikaru Nakamura   2758 6 11
 Magnus Carlsen  2826 5 9
 Luke McShane  2671 5 9
 Vladimir Kramnik  2800 5 9
 Lev Aronian  2802 5 6
 Vishy Anand  2811 5 6
 Nigel Short  2698 5 4
 Michael Adams  2734 6 3
 David Howell  2633 6 3


The pairings for round seven on Saturday:

 Nigel Short
v  Luke McShane
 Vladimir Kramnik v  David Howell
 Levon Aronian
v  Vishy Anand
 Magnus Carlsen
v  Michael Adams

Hikaru Nakamura 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 at the official website.

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