Nakamura Beats Anand In London

Nakamura Beats Anand In London

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London Chess Classic 2011.jpgVishy Anand finally looked set to break his recent run of draws by beating Hikaru Nakamura in the fourth round at the London Chess Classic.

Amazingly, he faltered badly and threw away a winning position, and the draw sequence was broken by a loss instead!

The game was arguably more of a loss by Anand than a win by Nakamura, but they all count and it's the first time an American has defeated the reigning world champion for 19 years*.

Magnus Carlsen nursed a minuscule plus against Vladimir Kramnik for 55 moves before finally conceding a draw in an opposite-coloured bishop ending.

That draw allowed Luke McShane to join Carlsen at the top of the leaderboard by beating David Howell with the black pieces.  Howell badly miscalculated some middlegame tactics and was punished severely. That's McShane's second win in a row with the black pieces, which could prove vital if the final result comes down to tie-breaks.

Nigel Short's game with Mickey Adams was the last to finish, and it was Short who finally got off the mark with a win to climb off the bottom of the standings.

Have you heard the one about the American chesser who beats the world champion?




Pressure? What pressure? Magnus catches some shut-eye before his game with Kramnik begins

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McShane replies to Howell's first move in front of a packed audience at the Olympia Conference Centre




Today Nigel Short was the checkmater, not the checkmatee!

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The standings after day four:

 Name  Elo  Played   Score 
 Luke McShane
4 8
 Magnus Carlsen 2826 4 8
 Hikaru Nakamura  2758 4 7
 Vladimir Kramnik 2800 3 5
 Lev Aronian 2802 3 4
 Nigel Short 2698 3 3
 Vishy Anand 2811 3 2
 David Howell 2633 4 2
 Michael Adams 2734 4 2


Tomorrow is a rest day, so round five is on Thursday.

The pairings for round five:

 Hikaru Nakamura
v  David Howell
 Nigel Short
v  Vishy Anand
 Vladimir Kramnik
v  Michael Adams
 Lev Aronian
v  Magnus Carlsen

Luke McShane 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.

*The last time was when Kamsky beat Kasparov in 1992 according to Mig!

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