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Magnus Carlsen Wins Again In London

  • SonofPearl
  • on 06/12/12 11:33.

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

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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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  • hace 17 meses

    MindWalk

    In Kramnik's game, why not 17...Nxa1?

  • hace 17 meses

    Majestic1988

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  • hace 17 meses

    JamieKowalski

    Guess who just won again in round 6?

  • hace 17 meses

    Wolfgang_83

    No doubt ! RuralRob! Magnus 3000 full analysis mode..

  • hace 17 meses

    Rasparovov

    And Anand evens his score with a loss against Adams.

  • hace 17 meses

    Wolfgang_83

    ptrckmackay : Like you, I am amazed with the killer skill of Houdini , and let me tell you that the engine has a cool option named "Contempt" which implies that Houdini will try to avoid draws by evaluating its own position slightly too optimistically. there're 3 type of levels.. i.e. level 0 = The evaluations are accurate and identical for both sides. This is recommended for position analysis in which you analyze alternatively for White and Black. The starting position evaluates as approx. +0.15.

  • hace 17 meses

    Last_Check

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  • hace 17 meses

    novzki41

    We need the world champ to play that way... His mojo is back on!

  • hace 17 meses

    yograjmatrx

    This the world champ. Great game by Anand.

  • hace 17 meses

    Chess_Lover11

    Yea!!! Anand won!!!!!!

  • hace 17 meses

    macrosgambit

    Anand game was awesome 

  • hace 17 meses

    _valentin_

    It looks like Gawain Jones didn't see it coming with 19.Na3 -- after that, the remaining part of the game is forced, and I won't be surprised if Anand saw it clearly till the very end at that point, starting with 19...Bxh3.  A very fine tactical win!

    It also seems that Polgar erred on the time control move itself 40.Re7+ -- had she chosen 40.Nd6+ instead, the path of the black rook toward the king side would have been interrupted (on the 6th rank), and with a follow-up move of 41.Kg2 white preserves his h3-pawn, which makes it rather complicated for black to seek a win in this opposite-colored endgame with few pieces remaining (and especially with very few pawns).  Of course, all this is with the benefit of hindsight, and without a clock ticking next to my ear.

    Finally, a truly outstanding -- for watching and learning from -- game by Kramnik, both positionally (his exchange sacrifices) and tactically (the many other complications and mating threats throughout the game).  It must have been really difficult psychologically for Luke to play this game: he just kept answering direct threat right out of the opening and until the last move...

  • hace 17 meses

    NM Ty_Twadd

    The Kramnik game is one of the nicest games I've seen in 2012. Very complicated and beautiful.

  • hace 17 meses

    ceschreu

    I was following the games live an was amazed by a particular instance in the adams - carlsen game. 

    At move 52, the computer suddenly realizes that the game is not slightly better for carlsen but completely winning. From moves 40 to 56, both players play optimal moves according to the computer. At 40, the position is roughly equal. At move 52, the evaluation shifts from -2.15 to -10.08. Not even the computer saw it coming!

    You can see this on Susan Polgar's blog which features live coverage of the games + live computer analysis. 
    (http://susanpolgar.blogspot.be/, scroll down a bit) 

  • hace 17 meses

    pinneese

    it is exciting to watch anand playing one tactical move after another

  • hace 17 meses

    LeeCooper78

    What a brilliant play by Kramnik! That was absolutely amazing, two exchanges down + piece sacrifice and a marvelous finish!

     

    Davay, Volodia, davay!

  • hace 17 meses

    Playing4love

    Thts the way anand annd carlsen is good bt boring i like the endgame play though!.!

  • hace 17 meses

    thought_control

    WC GM Anand's game was one tactical shot after another!  Gawain Jones was under mortar fire!

  • hace 17 meses

    Wolfgang_83

    Each victory of Magnus is a call to get the world title. May we be privileged to see in a near future a match against Anand with a full time control.. go Carlsen!!

  • hace 17 meses

    am573

    good to see Anand winning after so long time.

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