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Monday, December 10, 2012

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 8: Carlsen Set for Title; Can Kramnik Stop Him Today?

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US Champion Hikaru Nakamura - Game of the day versus Viswanathan Anand

The exciting chess tournament of December - the London Chess Classic 2012 - is coming to an end. Fantastic chess was on display at the Olympia theatre on Sunday in Round 8 - the penultimate round. It was a fantastic round with US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura missing a win against World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in a nervous endgame. Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik displayed his usual steady chess to win his games against Gawain Jones and stay in the hunt for the title. The win also takes the Russian Grandmaster to the second spot in the chess ratings. GM Judit Polgar picked up her first win in the tournament with a victory of Luke McShane. You can run through all the games with Chess King, just click on the links:

Round 8: Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2012
Vishy Anand ½-½ Hikaru Nakamura
Luke McShane 0-1 Judit Polgar
Levon Aronian ½-½ Michael Adams
Vladimir Kramnik 1-0 Gawain Jones
Magnus Carlsen (bye) – assisting commentary

Round 9: Monday, Dec. 10th, 2012, 12:00h
Michael Adams - Vladimir Kramnik
Judit Polgar - Levon Aronian
Hikaru Nakamura - Luke McShane
Magnus Carlsen - Vishy Anand
Gawain Jones (bye) – assisting commentary

Standings after Round 8

Name, Rating, Points, Tiebreak Points
1 GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2848 17 3044
2 GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2795 15 2981
3 GM Michael Adams ENG 2710 12 2853
4 GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2760 10 2806
5 GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2775 8 2735
6 GM Levon Aronian ARM 2815 7 2699
7 GM Luke McShane ENG 2713 5 2598
8 GM Judit Polgar HUN 2705 5 2591
9 GM Gawain Jones ENG 2644 3 2514

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