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Sunday, December 12, 2010

London Chess Classic 2010 - Anand, McShane in joint lead after four rounds

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hi Everybody,

London Chess Classic 2010 has two joint leaders after four rounds of great games - World Champion Vishy Anand and Luke McShane. In Round 4 Anand beat Nigel Short, McShane drew with Michael Adams, Vladimir Kramnik beat David Howell and Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura.

The tournament is an eight-player round-robin for seven rounds played at 40/2h + 20/1h + g/15'+30" using the Sofia Rules. The official website of the tournament can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, here are the Round 4 games that you can see in our flashplayer below or run the moves through our pgnplayer.

PGN: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Rc1 Qa5 9.Qd2 O-O 10.Nf3 Rd8 11.d5 e6 12.Bg5 f6 13.Be3 exd5 14.exd5 Na6 15.Be2 Be6 16.c4 Qxd2+ 17.Nxd2 Bd7 18.Ne4 b6 19.h4 Bf5 20.Nc3 Nb4 21.Kd2 Nc6 22.h5 Kf7 23.g4 Bc8 24.hxg6+ hxg6 25.Ne4 Ba6 26.Rh7 Kg8 27.Rch1 Ne5 28.Kc3 Nf7 29.Bd3 Ne5 30.g5 fxg5 31.Bxg5 Rf8 32.Be2 Nf3+ 33.Nf6+ Rxf6 34.Rxg7+ Kxg7 35.Bxf6+ Kxf6 36.Bxf3 Re8 37.Rh7 Re7 38.Rh8 Ke5 39.Bg4 b5 40.Rd8 Rf7 41.Re8+ Kf4 42.Be6 1-0

PGN: 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

PGN: 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

PGN: 1.g3 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.Bg2 c6 4.c4 e6 5.O-O Nd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.d3 Ngf6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Nh4 Bc5 10.d4 Bb6 11.Nc3 O-O 12.Qd3 Re8 13.Bd2 Qe7 14.g4 Bg6 15.Nxg6 hxg6 16.Bf4 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Qb3 Nf6 19.Be5 Nd5 20.Bxe4 Bxd4 21.Bxd5 Bxe5 22.Bg2 a5 23.a3 a4 24.Qc2 Qe6 25.Rad1 Ra5 26.Rd2 Rb5 27.Qxa4 Bxb2 28.e3 Qa2 29.Rd3 Bf6 30.Rfd1 Rb2 31.Bd5 b5 32.Bxa2 bxa4 33.R1d2 Reb8 34.Kg2 Kf8 35.Bc4 Rxd2 36.Rxd2 Ke7 37.Rc2 Rb2 38.Rxb2 Bxb2 39.Bd3 Bxa3 40.Bc2 g5 41.Bxa4 c5 42.Bb3 Bb4 43.Bc4 Be1 44.Kf1 1/2-1/2

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