Nakamura Leads In London

Nakamura Leads In London

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Dec 8, 2011, 12:03 PM |
29 | Chess Event Coverage

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgAnother sensational round in the 2011 London Chess Classic saw Hikaru Nakamura seize the lead with a score of 10 points by beating David Howell.

He takes the lead from Magnus Carlsen, who only just held on for a draw today with Lev Aronian, and from Luke McShane who had a bye in the fifth round.

The other games on the day were no less compelling, with Vladimir Kramnik consigning Mickey Adams to his third straight defeat, and Nigel Short suffering a backlash from the wounded Vishy Anand.

A bad day for the English players, but another great day for the tournament!

Hikaru Nakamura beat David Howell to take the lead

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Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen drew their game

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Vladimir Kramnik made it three defeats in a row for Mickey Adams

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Vishy Anand recovered from his loss in round four to beat Nigel Short today

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The standings after round five:

 Name   Elo   Played    Score 
 Hikaru Nakamura   2758 5 10
 Magnus Carlsen  2826 5 9
 Luke McShane  2671 4 8
 Vladimir Kramnik  2800 4 8
 Lev Aronian  2802 4 5
 Vishy Anand  2811 4 5
 Nigel Short  2698 4 3
 Michael Adams  2734 5 2
 David Howell  2633 5 2

 

The pairings for round six on Friday:

 Michael Adams
v  Levon Aronian
 Vishy Anand
v  Vladimir Kramnik
 David Howell
v  Nigel Short
 Luke McShane
v  Hikaru Nakamura


Magnus Carlsen 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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