LONDON CHESS CLASSIC

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  1. The second edition of the London Chess Classic takes place at Kensington Olympia from tomorrow until 15 December. This year will be even stronger than last with the participation of the world champion, Viswanathan Anand from India. Anand was a frequent and popular visitor to England in his early career, but hasn’t played a tournament here since 1995 and interest will be high, not least because he will be facing the player tipped to succeed him, the Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen………
    chess@guardian.co.uk
    Carlsen 2812 1

    Anand 2808.4 2

    Kramnik 2786.2 4

    Nakamura 2748.2 10

    Adams 2728 17

    Short 2680 58

    McShane 2645 100

    Howell 2611 178

    Average 2727.35

    FIDE Ratings

    Anand 2804 1

    Carlsen 2802 2

    Kramnik 2791 4

    Nakamura 2741 15

    Adams 2723 22

    Short 2680 58

    McShane 2645 100

    Howell 2611 178

    Average 2724.625

    *Source Telegraph UK

  2. Round 1 pairings

    Short – Kramnik
    McShane – Carlsen
    Adams – Howell
    Anand – Nakamura

    The London Chess Classic 2010 will take place 8th-15th December, 2010, in
    Olympia Center, London. Heading the line-up are the world chess champion,
    Viswanathan Anand from India, the number one in live ratings Magnus Carlsen
    from Norway, and Anand’s immediate predecessor as champion, Vladimir Kramnik
    from Russia. Completing the field are former US Champion Hikaru Nakamura,
    Michael Adams, Nigel Short and Britain’s two most promising young grandmasters,
    Luke McShane 26, and David Howell, who like Carlsen will be just 20 at the
    start of the tournament.

    The press conference and drawing of lots will take place at midday on Tuesday
    7th December. The tournament will be a 7 days round robin, where each plays
    each. The prize fund is 118 000 eur and is distributed like this : 1st 50000
    Euros, 2nd 25000 Euros, 3rd 15000 Euros, 4th 10000 Euros, 5th 10000 Euros, 6th
    8000 Euros. Tiebreak in the final standings will be decided by 1) Number of
    games with Black. 2) Number of wins with Black. 3) Number of wins. 4) Result of
    the individual game between the tied players. In the unlikely event that there
    is still a tie then: 4) 2 x 15 minute games + 2 seconds per move. 5) Armageddon
    game: 6 minutes+2 seconds v 5 minutes+ 2 seconds with draw odds for Black. If
    there is a tie involving more than two players then the Rapid games will be
    conducted as a double round all play all.

    Round 1 is December 8th, at 15:00 CET.

  3. Loal Davis (DoughBoy)

    A beautiful mating attack by Adams.
    His approach beginning with Re3 displayed great energy
    relying on his lead in development.
    A very nice game.

    [Event “London Classic 2010”]
    [Site “Free Internet Chess Server”]
    [Date “2010.12.08”]
    [Round “1”]
    [White “GMAdams”]
    [Black “GMDHowell”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [ECO “C67”]
    [WhiteElo “2723”]
    [BlackElo “2611”]
    [PlyCount “55”]
    [EventDate “2010.??.??”]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Be7 6. Qe2 Nd6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8.
    dxe5 Nb7 9. c4 O-O 10. Nc3 f6 11. Re1 fxe5 12. Qxe5 Bf6 13. Qg3 Nc5 14. Bg5 Nd3
    15. Re3 Nxb2 16. Rae1 Bxg5 17. Nxg5 Qf6 18. Rf3 Qd8 19. Nce4 Ba6 20. Nxh7 Rxf3
    21. gxf3 Kxh7 22. Ng5+ Kg8 23. Qh4 Bxc4 24. Qh7+ Kf8 25. Re5 Be6 26. Qh8+ Ke7
    27. Qxg7+ Kd6 28. Ne4# {GMDHowell checkmated} 1-0

  4. Loal Davis (DoughBoy)

    Congratulations to McShane.
    His pseudo Knight sacrifices on c6 and a6 were beautiful.

    [Event “London Classic 2010”]
    [Site “Free Internet Chess Server”]
    [Date “2010.12.08”]
    [Round “?”]
    [White “GMMcShane”]
    [Black “GMCarlsen”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [ECO “A30”]
    [WhiteElo “2645”]
    [BlackElo “2802”]
    [PlyCount “77”]
    [EventDate “2010.??.??”]

    1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O Nh6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Bxh6
    Bxh6 9. Nxd4 Ne5 10. Qb3 O-O 11. Rfd1 Nd7 12. Qa3 a5 13. b4 Ra6 14. b5 Ra8 15.
    e3 a4 16. Rab1 Bg7 17. Ne4 Qb6 18. Nc6 Re8 19. Nb4 f5 20. Nc3 Qc5 21. Nxa4 Qa7
    22. Na6 bxa6 23. b6 Nxb6 24. Rxb6 Rb8 25. c5 Be6 26. Rdb1 dxc5 27. Rb7 Rxb7 28.
    Rxb7 Qa8 29. Nxc5 Qc8 30. Qxa6 Bf7 31. Bc6 Rd8 32. Nd7 Rxd7 33. Bxd7 Qc1+ 34.
    Qf1 Qxf1+ 35. Kxf1 Bc4+ 36. Kg1 Bxa2 37. Ba4 e5 38. f3 Bh6 39. Bb3+ 1-0

  5. Loal Davis (DoughBoy)

    A well played game by Kramnik.
    If White could have gotten in Nh4 before f5 –
    but didn’t have the time. Black looked to be
    all over this. Boy – Once in the drivers seat,
    Kramnik is merciless.

    [Event “London Chess Classic 2010”]
    [Site “Free Internet Chess Server”]
    [Date “2010.12.08”]
    [Round “?”]
    [White “GMShort”]
    [Black “GMKramnik”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “C24”]
    [WhiteElo “2680”]
    [BlackElo “2791”]
    [PlyCount “76”]
    [EventDate “2010.??.??”]

    1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Qe2 Bc5 4. d3 O-O 5. Bg5 c6 6. Nd2 h6 7. Bh4 Re8 8. Ngf3
    Bf8 9. a4 d5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Ba2 f5 12. O-O Na6 13. Rfe1 Bg7 14. c3 Be6 15.
    exd5 Bxd5 16. Bxd5 cxd5 17. g3 Bf6 18. Qe3 Kh7 19. Nb3 Qd7 20. Nc5 Nxc5 21.
    Qxc5 a6 22. Re2 Re6 23. Rae1 Rae8 24. c4 b6 25. Qb4 d4 26. Qb3 e4 27. Nd2 e3
    28. fxe3 dxe3 29. Nf3 f4 30. d4 Re4 31. Qxb6 Bxd4 32. Qxa6 fxg3 33. Qb5 Qg4 34.
    Nxd4 gxh2+ 35. Kh1 Rxd4 36. Qb7 Qf5 37. Rxh2 e2 38. Qg2 Rd1 0-1

  6. By Dennis Monokroussos……..
    London Chess Classic, Round 1: Three Decisive Games
    Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 6:19PM
    The first round was a great one. Three of the four games had a winner, and the only draw was the longest game of the round.

    The first game to finish was Michael Adams’ win over David Howell, a fine attacking effort by the British #1. As mentioned in the preview post, Adams was one of the world’s absolute best players for many years, not long ago, and should not be overlooked as a contender here.
    http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/category/london-2010?currentPage=2
    *Source The Chess Mind

  7. Loal Davis (DoughBoy)

    Kramnik “Blundered?!” very early – What did he really miss or mis-evaluate?
    It looks as though he was caught off balance. Amazing.

    [Event “London Chess Classic 201”]
    [Site “Free Internet Chess Server”]
    [Date “2010.12.09”]
    [Round “2”]
    [White “GMKramnik”]
    [Black “GMNakamura”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “A05”]
    [WhiteElo “2791”]
    [BlackElo “2741”]
    [PlyCount “108”]
    [EventDate “2010.??.??”]

    1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. g3 c5 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. d4 Bxc3 8. bxc3
    Qe7 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. Ne5 Qc7 11. Bf4 Nh5 12. Qd2 g5 13. Bxg5 Qxe5 14. Rad1 f6
    15. Bh6 Ng7 16. Bf4 Qh5 17. Bd6 Re8 18. Qf4 Nd7 19. g4 Qf7 20. Rd3 e5 21. Qh6
    Qg6 22. Qxg6 hxg6 23. Be4 Kf7 24. f4 exf4 25. Bd5+ Ne6 26. Bxf4 Nb6 27. Be5
    Nxd5 28. cxd5 Nf8 29. Rxf6+ Kg8 30. Bd6 Kg7 31. Rf4 g5 32. Rf2 b6 33. Rdf3 Ng6
    34. Rf7+ Kh6 35. h3 Ba6 36. R2f6 Bxe2 37. Be7 Bc4 38. Rd6 Bxd5 39. Bxg5+ Kxg5
    40. Rxd5+ Kh4 41. Rf3 Re5 42. Rxe5 Nxe5 43. Rf5 Nd3 44. Kh2 Rh8 45. a4 Rh6 46.
    Kg2 a5 47. Kf3 Nb2 48. Kf4 Nxa4 49. c4 Nc3 50. Ke3 a4 51. Kd3 Nd1 52. Rf8 Kxh3
    53. g5 Rd6+ 54. Ke4 Kg4 0-1

  8. Round 2 results

    Kramnik 0-1 Nakamura
    Carlsen 1-0 Adams
    Howell 1/2 Anand
    Short 0-1 McShane

    Carlsen (2802) – Adams (2723) [A29]
    2nd London Chess Classic 2010 (2), 09.12.2010

    1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bc5 5.Bg2 d6 6.0–0 0–0 7.d3 a6 8.a3 Ba7 9.b4 Be6 10.Nd2 Rb8 11.Rb1 Ne7 12.a4 Qd7 13.b5 Bh3 14.Ba3 h6 15.e3 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Bc5 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.Nf3 Qe6 19.e4 c6 20.Qb3 Rbd8 21.bxa6 bxa6 22.Qc2 Ng6 23.Ng1 Rb8 24.a5 Nd7 25.Na4 Qd6 26.Ne2 Qc7 27.Qc3 Rfd8 28.Rxb8 Rxb8 29.f4 exf4 30.gxf4 Qd6 31.Kh1 Rb4 32.Qc2 Nh4 33.Nac3 Qg6 34.Ng3 Nf6 35.e5 Nh5 36.Nxh5 Qxh5 37.Ne4 Kh8 38.Qf2 Nf5 39.Nxc5 Qh3 40.Re1 Nh4 41.Qg3 Qxg3 42.hxg3 Nf3 43.Rf1 Nd4 44.Kg2 Ne6 45.Nxa6 Ra4 46.f5 Ng5 47.Nc7 Kg8 48.a6 Kf8 49.Kf2 White wins 1–0

    McShane continues his good form by beating Short with Black to lead the London Chess Classic. Short remains scoreless with a performance rating of 1983.

    Short (2680) – McShane (2645) [B76]

    2nd London Chess Classic 2010 (2), 09.12.2010

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.0–0–0 Rc8 12.Bc4 Qd7 13.Bb3 Na5 14.h4 Nc4 15.Qd3 Qc6 16.Ne2 Nd7 17.Nd4 Qa6 18.f4 e5 19.fxe5 Ndxe5 20.Qe2 Kh8 21.h5 gxh5 22.g5 Ng4 23.Bg1 Nce3 24.Qxa6 bxa6 25.Bxe3 Nxe3 26.Rd3 Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Rc5 28.Rd3 Ng2 29.Rg3 Nf4 30.Kd2 Re5 31.Re1 Kg7 32.Ke3 Kg6 33.c3 Rxg5 34.Rxg5+ Kxg5 35.Rg1+ Kh6 36.e5 dxe5 37.Ke4 Ng6 38.Bc4 a5 39.Kd5 Rf2 40.b4 axb4 41.cxb4 h4 42.a4 h3 43.a5 h2 44.Rh1 Kg5 45.b5 Kg4 46.b6 axb6 47.a6 Kg3 48.a7 Rf8 49.Kc6 Nf4 50.Ra1 e4 51.Ba6 Nh3 52.Bb7 Ng1 Black wins 0–1
    *Source Susan Polgar chess daily news

  9. Loal Davis (DoughBoy)

    Anand has now won his last two classical tournament games versus Carlsen.
    I’m pretty sure there were better ways to continue after his Nh6+ – taking
    the Knight instead of his Queen check – BUT – Congratulations to him for getting
    into the position where he could execute it. Very nicely done.

    [Event “London Chess Classic 2010”]
    [Site “Free Internet Chess Server”]
    [Date “2010.12.10”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “GMAnand”]
    [Black “GMCarlsen”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [ECO “C88”]
    [WhiteElo “2804”]
    [BlackElo “2802”]
    [PlyCount “153”]
    [EventDate “2010.??.??”]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
    O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. a4 Bf8 14. Bd3 c6 15. b4
    Rc8 16. axb5 cxb5 17. Bb2 d5 18. exd5 exd4 19. Rxe8 Qxe8 20. c4 bxc4 21. Nxc4
    Nxd5 22. Nxd4 Nxb4 23. Nf5 Nxd3 24. Qxd3 Be4 25. Qd4 Bxf5 26. Nd6 Qd8 27. Nxf5
    f6 28. Rd1 Rc2 29. Nh6+ gxh6 30. Qg4+ Bg7 31. Qe6+ Kh8 32. Rxd7 Qf8 33. Ba3 Qg8
    34. Qxa6 Qe8 35. Qa7 Qg8 36. Be7 Rc8 37. Qa6 Qe8 38. Ra7 Kg8 39. Qe6+ Kh8 40.
    Qa6 Kg8 41. Qe6+ Kh8 42. Kh2 Rc6 43. Qb3 Rc8 44. Bd6 Qg6 45. Qb7 Rd8 46. Bg3
    Rg8 47. h4 Qf5 48. Qc7 Qd5 49. Ra5 Qe4 50. Qd7 Qc4 51. Qf5 Qc8 52. Qf3 Qd7 53.
    Bf4 Qf7 54. g3 Re8 55. Be3 Rg8 56. Ra6 Re8 57. Ra7 Re7 58. Qa8+ Qf8 59. Ra6 Re8
    60. Qc6 Rc8 61. Qf3 Qf7 62. Ra7 Qe6 63. Qb7 Qg8 64. Bf4 Rd8 65. Qa6 Re8 66. Rc7
    Ra8 67. Qc6 Re8 68. Be3 Rb8 69. Bd4 Qf8 70. Qc3 Re8 71. Rc6 Qf7 72. Bxf6 Rf8
    73. Bxg7+ Qxg7 74. Qe3 Qb2 75. Kg2 Qb7 76. Qxh6 Qf7 77. Rc2 1-0

  10. Standings after 3

    1 GM McShane, Luke J 2645 ENG 7 3031 *
    2 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2741 USA 5 2860
    3 GM Anand, Viswanathan 2804 IND 5 2843
    4 GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2791 RUS 4 2689
    5 GM Adams, Michael 2723 ENG 4 2698
    6 GM Carlsen, Magnus 2802 NOR 3 2599
    7 GM Howell, David W L 2611 ENG 2 2631
    8 GM Short, Nigel D 2680 ENG 1 2447

  11. Standings after 4 rounds

    1.GM Anand, Viswanathan 2804 IND
    2.GM McShane, Luke J 2645 ENG
    3.GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2791 RUS
    4.GM Carlsen, Magnus 2802 NOR
    5.GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2741 USA
    6.GM Adams, Michael 2723 ENG
    7.GM Howell, David W L 2611 ENG
    8. GM Short, Nigel D 2680 ENG

    Nakamura Loses to Carlsen…………….
    ROUND 4
    London Chess Classic
    White: Carlsen, Magnus
    Black: Nakamura, Hikaru

    1.c4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e3 Bg7 6.Nge2 O-O 7.O-O e5 8.b3 Nbd7 9.d3 c6 10.Ba3 Qc7 11.Qd2 Re8 12.Rae1 Nc5 13.h3 e4 14.dxe4 Nfxe4 15.Qc2 Nxc3 16.Nxc3 Be6 17.Rd1 Rad8 18.Bb2 Bf7 19.Rd2 a5 20.Rfd1 Be5 21.Ne2 a4 22.b4 Nd7 23.Bd4 Nb6 24.Bxb6 Qxb6 25.Rb1 Qc7 26.Nd4 Rc8 27.Rc1 Qe7 28.Rd3 c5 29.bxc5 Rxc5 30.Qxa4 Rec8 31.Rb1 Rxc4 32.Qd1 b6 33.Nb5 R4c5 34.Nxd6 Bxd6 35.Rxd6 Bxa2 36.Ra1 Rc1 37.Rxc1 Rxc1 38.Rxg6+ hxg6 39.Qxc1 Qd6 40.h4 Bf7 41.h5 Kh7 42.hxg6+ Kxg6 43.Qc2 b5 44.g4 Qe5 45.gxf5+ Kg7 46.Qe4 Qd6 47.Qh4 Bc4 48.Bf3 Qf6 49.Qxf6+ Kxf6 50.Be4 Ba2 51.f4 b4 52.Kf2 b3 53.Bd5 Kxf5 54.Kf3 Kf6 55.e4 Kg6 56.Ke3 Kh5 57.Kd4 Kg4 58.f5 Kg5 59.Ke5 1-0

    London Chess Classic
    ROUND 4
    White: Short, Nigel
    Black: Anand, Viswanathan

    1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Qe1 O-O 8.d3 e6 9.Kh1 b6 10.Bd2 Bb7 11.Qh4 Ne8 12.Qh3 Nd4 13.Nxd4 cxd4 14.Nd1 f5 15.c4 dxc3 16.Nxc3 Qd7 17.Rae1 Nc7 18.Bf3 Rab8 19.exf5 exf5 20.Bxb7 Rxb7 21.Qf3 d5 22.Rf2 Rbb8 23.Rfe2 Rf7 24.a3 d4 25.Nd1 Qd5 26.Qg3 Rff8 27.h4 Rfe8 28.h5 gxh5 29.Re7 Rxe7 30.Rxe7 Ne6 31.Rxa7 Kh8 32.Nf2 Bf6 33.Nh3 h4 34.Qf2 h6 35.Ng5 Nxg5 36.fxg5 hxg5 37.Bxg5 Bxg5 38.Qe2 Qd6 39.Qh5+ Qh6 40.Qf3 Rc8 41.Qxf5 Rc1+ 42.Kh2 Qd6+ 43.Kh3 Qg3# 0-1

  12. December 12, 2010, 6:51 pm
    Three Tied for Lead of London Chess Classic
    By DYLAN LOEB MCCLAIN
    The London Chess Classic is heading for an exciting finish.

    With two rounds to go, three players — Viswanathan Anand of India, the world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Luke McShane of England — are tied for the lead with 9 points each. Two others — Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia — are within a point of the leaders. As the tournament is using the Bilbao Scoring System, in which victories are 3 points and draws are 1 point (instead of the traditional 1 point and 0.5 point, respectively), all five players have a chance to win the tournament.
    http://gambit.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/three-tied-for-lead-of-london-chess-classic/.
    *SOURCE NY Times

  13. Round 5: Sunday, December 12, 2010

    Michael Adams ½-½ Vladimir Kramnik

    Viswanathan Anand ½-½ Luke McShane

    Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 Nigel Short

    David Howell 0-1 Magnus Carlsen

    1 Carlsen, Magnus 2802 NOR
    2 Anand, Viswanathan 2804 IND
    3 McShane, Luke J 2645 ENG
    4 Nakamura, Hikaru 2741 USA
    5 Kramnik, Vladimir 2791 RUS
    6 Adams, Michael 2723 ENG
    7 Howell, David 2611 ENG
    8 Short, Nigel D 2680 ENG

  14. December 15, 2010, 4:00 pm
    Carlsen Wins London Chess Classic
    By DYLAN LOEB MCCLAIN
    Magnus Carlsen won the London Chess Classic by beating Nigel Short on Wednesday. Carlsen, a Norwegian grandmaster, has now won the tournament both years it has been played.

    All the other games in the final round were drawn, though two of them were hard fought.

    Carlsen finished with 13 points, using the Bilbao Scoring System, in which wins are worth 3 points and draws are 1. He had four wins, two losses and a draw. Viswanathan Anand of India, the world champion, and Luke McShane, an English grandmaster, tied for second and third, each with 11 points. They both won two games and drew five.
    http://gambit.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/15/carlsen-wins-london-chess-classic/

    London Chess Classic, 2010
    White: GM Carlsen, Magnus
    Black: GM Short, Nigel

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Bc4 Ngf6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.O-O O-O 9.Ne5 c5 10.dxc5 Qxd1 11.Rxd1 Bxc5 12.Be2 Ne4 13.Nd3 Be7 14.Be3 h6 15.a4 a5 16.g3 Rd8 17.Ne5 Nf6 18.Nc4 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Nd5 20.Nb6 Nxe3 21.fxe3 Rb8 22.Kf2 e5 23.Rd5 Be6 24.Rxa5 Rd8 25.Bd3 Bf6 26.e4 Rd4 27.Rb5 g6 28.a5 Kg7 29.Ke2 Bg4+ 30.Kf2 Be6 31.Kf3 h5 32.Nd5 Bd8 33.b4 Bc8 34.Ke2 Bg4+ 35.Ke1 f5 36.Rxb7+ Kh6 37.Ne3 Bf3 38.a6 fxe4 39.Be2 Bg5 40.a7 1-0
    *SOURCE NY TIMES

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