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London Chess Classic Starts With A Bang!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 01-12-12 13:23.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgThe 2012 London Chess Classic kicked off today with fiercely fought battles in all four games in the first round.

First to finish was Vladimir Kramnik who extended his excellent record against Judit Polgar with another comfortable win.  The #1 women's player was in trouble with black right out of the opening and never recovered.

Lev Aronian had white against Hikaru Nakamura, but found himself under pressure from early in the game and eventually his position fell apart and he resigned after 32 moves.  A great start for the US champion!

Luke McShane's game with Magnus Carlsen looked fairly level throughout, but the world's #1 is always dangerous and seemed to conjure up a win from nowhere in the endgame by sheer force of will.

That win for Magnus also means that - for one day at least - he has equalled Garry Kasparov's record highest (official) rating of 2851 Elo! (clarification added, since Kasparov acheived 2856 Elo as a 'live' rating).

In the last game to finish, Mickey Adams beat Gawain Jones in a 7-hour marathon!

Vladimir Kramnik showed Judit Polgar no mercy

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 1 Vladimir Kramnik Judit Polgar.jpg

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Hikaru Nakamura defeated world #2 Lev Aronian

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Magnus Carlsen defeated Luke McShane after a long struggle

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Gawain Jones lost a long game to Mickey Adams

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The packed auditorium before the start of the first round

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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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  • 21 maanden geleden

    jaspertaylor

    After 19 g5 I think Magnus would play Ng6 attacking the undefended bishop I'm probably not qualified to say who is better afterwards but it does look like McShanes king is awfully exposed in the resulting lines

  • 21 maanden geleden

    deepak64

    All games are very nice.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    pancara

    just like the photo title, "Vladimir Kramnik showed Judit Polgar no mercy", hahaha...

  • 21 maanden geleden

    Chesspanzer

    Carlsen wins (2855.7) - wow, so close now.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    Wrinn

    If 19. g5 black responds Ng6.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    VivaCristoRey

    Any reason McShane didn't play 19. g5, winning the bishop? Carlsen played g6 on the next move, which seems to do little other than to give his bishop an escape square.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    SonofPearl

    @ valentin - thanks.  I've amended the article to reflect that. Smile

  • 21 maanden geleden

    Tesuch

    Vishy and Magnus don't play until the last day....I want to see them play now!  Great games so far, looking forward to the rest. ^__^

  • 21 maanden geleden

    Rasparovov

    No draws, Anand wasn't playing in this round. What an coincidence.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    MSC157

    Thanks KJU!

  • 21 maanden geleden

    KamranKazemi

    go naka forget fide condition

  • 21 maanden geleden

    gestor

    It is Interesting to see a tactical blow (29.Bd7) against such master of tactics such as J.Polgar. So, no need to make double move against The Lady to score a win (Kasparov vs. J.Polgar, Linares 1992).

  • 21 maanden geleden

    drumdaddy

    No prisoners.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    mattyL

    Whatever the case MC will be highest rated ever. I don't think he has even hit his peak yet and he still has a championship to play. I think he is much better than Kasparov when looking in the history books, might be a different story in match conditions....

  • 21 maanden geleden

    _valentin_

    SonOfPearl:  There needs to be a factual correction of something in the article.  2851 is the highest official (non-live) number that Kasparov reached in his career (when official ratings were issued more rarely than they are these days). 2856.7 was Kasparov's highest live rating, achieved in Linares in 2000 after a win with black against Anand.  (This clarification was reported a few days ago on 2700chess.com, and further substantiated today.)  So, Magnus hasn't equalled anything record-like yet (even if we ignore rating inflation over the past 10 years, which is not trivial).

    So, those who wish to see a new rating record and record holder (at least in the official ratings) need to wait till Jan 01, 2013, at least.  Or until later in this tournament for the live ratings, assuming Carlsen keeps winning.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    SonofPearl

    @ ericBryan Yes.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    mattyL

    Hikaru Nakamura vs Vladimir and MC vs LA will be awesome games. Love watching first vs second in anything. I feel Kramnik will run away with the win and the other will draw...

  • 21 maanden geleden

    Wrinn

    Can't wait for a master analysis of some (or all? *fingers crossed*) of these games!

  • 21 maanden geleden

    KimJongUn

    Kasparov's highest live rating was something over 2856 in 2000.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    Ericbryan

    I have a question for "time control", it says 2 hours for 40 moves then 1 hour for 20 moves then 30 minutes to finish. So whent the players reach move 40 do they get an extra 1hour added to their time and then after 20 more moves they get 30 more mintues to finish. Is that it?

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