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London Chess Classic Round 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2012.12.08. 13:03.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgThe 2012 London Chess Classic has really spoiled chess fans with hard-fought games and lots of decisive results.

Round seven provided yet more hard-fought chess, but there were no decisive results in today's games.

Judit Polgar and Vishy Anand always seem to spark off one another, and their Sicilian Najdorf provided plenty of action before a draw was agreed on move 32.

The main attraction was the clash between Hikaru Nakamura and tournament leader Magnus Carlsen. Nakamura avoided the Open Sicilian with 3.c3 and was soon on the back foot after Carlsen sacrificed a Knight for two pawns.

However, the US Champion responded well and with accurate play ensured that it was the Norwegian who was fighting for a draw at the end.

Gawain Jones bravely used the same opening that he had lost with against Vishy Anand so horribly in round five, but this time he was much more solid and drew against Lev Aronian.

Last to finish were Mickey Adams and Luke McShane.  Adams seemed to have a win at some points, but Luke escaped with a draw after seven hours.

Hikaru Nakamura drew with Magnus Carlsen

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Judit Polgar and Vishy Anand fought a typically exciting battle

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Gawain Jones drew with Lev Aronian

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Luke McShane had another long game to earn a draw with Mickey Adams

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The standings after 7 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 7 17
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 6 12
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 6 11
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 6 9
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 6 7
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 6 6
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 6 5
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 7 3
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 6 2

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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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  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    drumdaddy

    It appears that e4 was best by test!

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Boka7

    Come on KRAMNIK.RUSSIA IS THE BEST CHESS NATION.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ diomed1

    d3. d3 has become more popular because GMs find it hard to get any advantage in the sterile mainline where Queens are exchanged



  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    18 points.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    If Kramnik wins against Jones, the final round will be very exciting because Kramnik last game is against Adams and Carlsen closes against Anand the king of draws Laughing

    We might have a tie for first place at 18 points and hopefully we have rapid games to decide the winner!!! 

    I hope Nakamura beats Anand Smile

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Magnus CarlsEn

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    diomed1

      Is 4.d3 the latest trend in the Ruy? Seems like I've seen it a lot lately. Thanks SonofPearl

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Czechman

    I think Carlson took Naka too lightly and pushed too hard with knight sac. Like the man said, Naka played accurately, turned back MC's plan and forced the draw. 

    I'd like to know if Carlson (or anyone else for that matter) can show white had any chance to win. Surviving a Carlson attack is a feat not to be taken lightly. Give the man his due, Naka played well.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Vingore

    Magnus, the Mozart of chess!

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Yeah, Carlsen was never in trouble at the end. The draw was an easy option. Funny how Carlsen just moved his king back and forth for a long time while nakamura played inconsequential moves. Should have been a draw many moves ago.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    EternalChess

    Carlsen was never fighting for a draw lol, it was very easy to draw, it was just a matter of will he be able to convert his advantage, or make inaccuracies and draw.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    dzindzifan

    The two games I enjoyed the most today were Naka - Carlsen and also Adams - McShane !!  Challenge everyone reading these posts and watching the tournament (and enjoying it) to contribute to the event ... 1 pound is a buck 50 U.S. what a small price for such a great event ... and of course it benefits our sport in England and worldwide.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Wonderful statement by Kasparov, #2 all time chess player

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Carlsen will win the tourney, probably on superior tiebreak over kramnik.

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Stanya

    i sincerely hope that magnus does not win and Kramnik wins instead!Sealed

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    FM chesskingdreamer

    in mcshanes game Rf8??? is a huge blunder. Ithink Qf8 is +12 or something

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    Mojtaba_S

    McShane defence was just amazing!

  • 23 hónap ezelőtt

    TheMagicianPaul

    Vlad can still win this thing, he will probably win tomorrow and maybe even against mickey, I'm excited to see who wins this whole thing! Probably Magnus, but some tension keeps it more interesting..

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