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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

London Chess Classic R3: Carlsen beats Naka, takes sole lead; Levon beats Short, Adams loses to McShane

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Hello everyone,

The third round was quite exciting at the London Chess Classic 2011 with not one, not two, but three decisive games. Actually it could have been four with Anand nearly losing to Howell! Hope you followed all the live action at the official website.

As you know, the 2011 London Chess Classic is taking place in the Olympia Conference Centre from Saturday, December 3rd until Monday, December 12th, starting at 14:00h London time each day (final round 12:00h). Time controls are classical forty moves in two hours, then twenty moves in one hour and thirty minutes for the rest of the game. A win is counted as three points, a draw as one, and a loss zero.

Round 3: Monday, December 5, 2011
  • Levon Aronian 1-0 Nigel Short
  • Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura
  • Michael Adams 0-1 Luke McShane
  • Vishy Anand ½ ½ David Howell
Vladimir Kramnik (bye) – assisting commentary

Here is the nice game.

Carlsen,M (2826) - Nakamura,Hi (2758)

Result: 1-0
Site: London ENG
Date: 2011.12.05

[...] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥c4 ¤f6 4.d3 ¥c5 5.c3 d6 6.¥b3 a6 7.¤bd2 ¥a7 8.¤f1 h6 9.¤g3 O-O 10.O-O ¥e6 11.h3 £d7 12.¥e3 ¤e7 13.¤h4 ¤g6 14.¤hf5 ¤e7 15.¤xe7+ £xe7 16.¥xa7 ¦xa7 17.f4 c5 18.¥c2 b5 19.£d2 ¦b7 20.a3 a5 21.¦f2 b4 22.axb4 axb4 23.¦af1 bxc3 24.bxc3 exf4 25.¦xf4 ¤h7 26.d4 cxd4 27.cxd4 £g5 28.¢h2 ¤f6 29.¥d1 ¦fb8 30.h4 £g6 31.¦xf6 gxf6 32.£f4 ¦b2 33.¥h5 £g7 34.¥f3 ¦a8 35.d5 ¥c8 36.¤h5 £f8 37.¤xf6+ ¢h8 38.¦c1 ¢g7 39.e5 dxe5 40.¤h5+ ¢h7 41.¥e4+

Standings after 3 rounds

1. Carlsen, Magnus 7
2. McShane, Luke 5
3. Kramnik, Vladimir 4 in two games
4. Nakamura, Hikaru 4
5. Aronian, Levon 4
6. Anand, Viswanathan 2 in two games
7. Adams, Michael 2
8. Howell, David 2
9. Short, Nigel 0 in two games

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