Carlsen Wins London Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 15/12/09 14:36.

Magnus_Carlsen1.jpgThere were two decisive games in the final round of the 2009 London Chess Classic, but neither came in the crucial games that decided the fate of the title.

Carlsen held an advantage for a long time against Short but almost blew it in a tricky queen and pawn ending.  Eventually, both players promoted pawns and a draw resulted.

The game between Nakamura and Kramnik was an entertaining struggle, but a draw was a fair result.

The last-round wins came from Mickey Adams who beat Luke McShane, and David Howell who ended the tournament on a high by beating Ni Hua.

So Magnus Carlsen wins the inaugural London Chess Classic, and thanks to his +3 score has surpassed Veselin Topalov on the unofficial live rating list.  With no further rated games expected to be played by either player until the next official FIDE rating list is published on 1 January 2010, Carlsen will become the youngest official #1 in chess history!

The final result:

 Score  Win  Draw  Loss
Carlsen, Magnus  2801 NOR  13 3 4 0
Kramnik, Vladimir  2772 RUS  12 3 3 1
Howell, David 2597 ENG  9 1 6 0
Adams, Michael  2698 ENG  9 1 6 0
McShane, Luke 2615 ENG  7 2 1 4
Ni, Hua  2665 CHN  6 1 3 3
Nakamura, Hikaru  2715 USA  6 0 6 1
Short, Nigel 2707 ENG  5 0 5 2





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  • hace 7 años


    The New Chess God!

  • hace 7 años


    David Howell did well.

  • hace 7 años


    good game

  • hace 7 años


    conratulations Carlsen

  • hace 7 años


    GM Linderman responded to the suggested line in the Short-Carlsen game at move 43.  After 43 ... Qe2+  44 Qxe2 Nxe2 he recommends, instead of 45 Bf1 and 46 Bxa6, keeping the Bishop at home to restrain the Ph4 until the King can cross over, and playing immediately 45 Kc2. 

    This is clearly better for White than 45 Bf1, and Black must retool his strategy - he can no longer force the win of the Bishop on h1, and must attempt another method of winning the Pf6 by the King manuever f8-e8-d7, etc.  He must leave the Ph4 where it is to distract White's K+B.  At some point he will also play the restraining a6-a5.  After winning the f6P, Black must then use his K+N to attack White's Q-side, forcing the White monarch back (the B alone cannot defend), and only then attempt to advance the King-side pawns.

    I cannot find a forced win for Black here, but he clearly has all the winning chances with no possibility of losing, which is still a much better choice than Carlsen made in the game.

  • hace 7 años


    I'm impressed by Short's performance in this final game... Not that I am that aware of his talents these days, but both Carlsen and Short showed an amazing sense of creativity in a DRAWN game. There was energy till the end

  • hace 7 años


    Magnus Carlsen is currently being coached by Garry Kasparov which explains why he's so good.

  • hace 7 años


    GO MAGNUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hace 7 años


    To answer Channet: The highest Elo anyone have ever gotten is 2851 and is obtained by Garry Kasparov.

  • hace 7 años


    he is a genius..

  • hace 7 años


    Nice playing to all the participants.

  • hace 7 años


    Congrats to Carlsen! Disastrous tourney for Short.

  • hace 7 años


    Magnus Carlsen more said.

  • hace 7 años


    Gratz Carlsen!

  • hace 7 años


    Good reporting.

  • hace 7 años


    Its a  Norwegian Wood not Back in the USSR in London....well done Carlsen...congratz and hurrah......where is  Anand why he did not participate????

  • hace 7 años


    why didn't McShane play 36...gxh6?

  • hace 7 años


    No Lagrave is listed born in 1990 and have always been. No mistake in the list. Sure you wasn`t looking at Morozevich`s age of birth?, because his listed right above Lagrave.

  • hace 7 años


  • hace 7 años


    omg this is freaking awesome! he must think he's dreaming!!

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