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Bollard
30-11-2011, 02:54 PM
I couldn't find an existing thread for this tournament that start on Saturday 3 December 2011, so thought I'd start this one.

About to get on a flight from Melbourne back to Brisbane, so will correspond more later tonight (hopefully).

Max Illingworth
30-11-2011, 03:52 PM
The pairings for the tournament were announced today:


Round 1 03.12.11 15:00 CET Round 2 04.12.11 15:00 CET
Kramnik - Nakamura Howell - Adams
Aronian - McShane McShane - Carlsen
Carlsen - Howell Nakamura - Aronian
Adams - Anand Short - Kramnik
Short bye Assisting the commentary Anand bye Assisting the commentary
Round 3 05.12.11 15:00 CET Round 4 06.12.11 15:00 CET
Aronian - Short Carlsen - Kramnik
Carlsen - Nakamura Adams - Short
Adams - McShane Anand - Nakamura
Anand - Howell Howell - McShane
Kramnik bye Assisting the commentary Aronian bye Assisting the commentary
Round 5 08.12.11 15:00 CET Round 6 09.12.11 15:00 CET
Nakamura - Howell Adams - Aronian
Short - Anand Anand - Kramnik
Kramnik - Adams Howell - Short
Aronian - Carlsen McShane - Nakamura
McShane bye Assisting the commentary Carlsen bye Assisting the commentary
Round 7 10.12.11 15:00 CET Round 8 11.12.11 15:00 CET
Short - McShane Anand - Carlsen
Kramnik - Howell Howell - Aronian
Aronian - Anand McShane - Kramnik
Carlsen - Adams Nakamura - Short
Nakamura bye Assisting the commentary Adams bye Assisting the commentary
Round 9 12.12.11 13:00 CET
McShane Anand
Nakamura - Adams
Short - Carlsen
Kramnik - Aronian
Howell bye Assisting the commentary

The organisers have introduced the novelty of getting the player who has the bye to assist in the commentary. I strongly approve of this idea.

As an aside, it might be a good idea to have a poll on who will win the tournament.

Bollard
30-11-2011, 07:02 PM
Good idea Max, but when I looked up creating a poll of the FAQ just now it says it nedds to be created when the thread is started. Unless one of the mods can help out. :hmm:

Bollard
01-12-2011, 07:43 AM
Thanks for incorporating the poll!

I have gone for Carlsen, even though I have a soft spot (in the head?) for Kramnik. I think I read on the Tata Steel Tournament thread that Kramnik has concluded he doesn't play well in the winter tournaments.

Roll on Saturday!

Banda
02-12-2011, 11:56 PM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/December/3rd_London_Chess_Classic/lcc-players.jpg

The 3rd London Chess Classic will take place 3rd-12th December 2011 and will again be at the Olympia Conference Centre. This time there will be an additional player making it a 9 round 9 player event.


LIVE (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/3rd-london-chess-classic-2011-live)
all events in one window

Max Illingworth
04-12-2011, 09:24 AM
Carlsen was the only player to win in the first round, defeating Howell with a nice attack.

ER
04-12-2011, 09:39 AM
And the organisers must be congratulated for the great coverage of all games! :clap:

Bollard
04-12-2011, 10:27 AM
Howell looked to have his chances, but once Carlsen gets a slight edge he seems pretty much unstoppable.

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2011, 09:03 PM
Nakamura has a good win against Aronian.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nge2 Nd7 8.
Ng3 Bg6 9. Be2 Nb6 10. Be5 Nf6 11. h4 h6 12. h5 Bh7 13. Bd3 O-O 14. Bxh7+ Kxh7
15. Qc2+ Kh8 16. Nf5 Nc4 17. b3 Nxe5 18. dxe5 Ng4 19. f4 Qd7 20. O-O-O f6 21.
e4 fxe5 22. Qe2 Nf6 23. Nh4 exf4 24. Ng6+ Kg8 25. Nxf8 Bxf8 26. exd5 cxd5 27.
Qd3 Rd8 28. Kb1 Bc5 29. Rhf1 Be3 30. g3 d4 31. gxf4 Qe7 32. Rde1 Rd7 33. Nd1
Nd5 34. Nxe3 dxe3 35. Rc1 Rd8 36. Qf5 Qe8 37. Rfe1 b6 38. a3 Kh8 39. Kb2 a5 40.
Rc4 Nf6 41. Qe5 Qf8 42. Qxe3 b5 43. Rd4 b4 44. a4 Rxd4 45. Qxd4 Nxh5 46. Re5
Nxf4 47. Rxa5 Ne6 48. Qd2 g5 49. Ra6 Qf6+ 50. Ka2 Qe5 51. Qb2 Qxb2+ 52. Kxb2
Nf4 1-0

Carlsen struggled greatly against McShane but survived.

Max Illingworth
06-12-2011, 09:24 AM
All four games were very exciting today.


[Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2011.12.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "2826"]
[BlackElo "2758"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2011.12.03"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. Bb3 a6 7. Nbd2 Ba7 8. Nf1
h6 9. Ng3 O-O 10. O-O Be6 11. h3 Qd7 12. Be3 Ne7 13. Nh4 Ng6 14. Nhf5 Ne7 15.
Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. Bxa7 Rxa7 17. f4 c5 18. Bc2 b5 19. Qd2 Rb7 20. a3 a5 21. Rf2 b4
22. axb4 axb4 23. Raf1 bxc3 24. bxc3 exf4 25. Rxf4 Nh7 26. d4 cxd4 27. cxd4 Qg5
28. Kh2 Nf6 29. Bd1 Rfb8 30. h4 Qg6 31. Rxf6 gxf6 32. Qf4 Rb2 33. Bh5 Qg7 34.
Bf3 Ra8 35. d5 Bc8 36. Nh5 Qf8 37. Nxf6+ Kh8 38. Rc1 Kg7 39. e5 dxe5 40. Nh5+
Kh7 41. Be4+ 1-0

[Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2011.12.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Howell, David W L"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D16"]
[WhiteElo "2811"]
[BlackElo "2633"]
[PlyCount "130"]
[EventDate "2011.12.03"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e3 c5 7. Bxc4 Nc6 8. O-O
cxd4 9. exd4 Be7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Rd1 Nd5 12. Qe4 Nf6 13. Qh4 Nb4 14. Bg5 b6 15.
Bd3 Nxd3 16. Rxd3 Ba6 17. Rd2 Bb7 18. d5 Bxd5 19. Nxd5 exd5 20. Nd4 Qd7 21. Rd3
Rfe8 22. Rh3 h5 23. Bxf6 Bxf6 24. Qxh5 g6 25. Qh7+ Kf8 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. Qd2 Re4
28. Rd3 Rae8 29. b3 Bxd4 30. Rxd4 Re2 31. Qd1 Qf5 32. Qf1 R8e4 33. Rad1 Qe6 34.
Rxe4 Qxe4 35. g3 Kg7 36. h4 a5 37. Rd4 Qe6 38. Qg2 Re1+ 39. Kh2 Re4 40. Rxe4
dxe4 41. Qh1 Qxb3 42. Qxe4 Qb2 43. Kg2 b5 44. h5 bxa4 45. Qxa4 Qb7+ 46. Kg1
Qb1+ 47. Kg2 Qb7+ 48. Kg1 Qd5 49. Qa1+ Kh7 50. hxg6+ Kxg6 51. Qa4 Kf5 52. Kh2
Ke6 53. Qe8+ Kd6 54. Qd8+ Kc6 55. Qa8+ Kd6 56. Qd8+ Ke5 57. Qg5+ Ke6 58. Qe3+
Qe5 59. Qb6+ Ke7 60. Qb7+ Kf6 61. Qc6+ Kg7 62. Qc4 Qh5+ 63. Kg2 Qe5 64. Kh2
Qh5+ 65. Kg2 Qe5 1/2-1/2

[Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2011.12.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "McShane, Luke J"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2734"]
[BlackElo "2671"]
[PlyCount "122"]
[EventDate "2011.12.03"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nbd2 Bb6 8. Nc4
Ne7 9. Ba4 Ng6 10. h3 Be6 11. Bc2 h6 12. a4 c5 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. d4 Qc8 15. Re1
b5 16. Bd2 bxa4 17. Rxa4 Rxa4 18. Bxa4 Bxh3 19. Nh2 Bd7 20. Bb3 Be6 21. d5 Bd7
22. Nf1 b5 23. Qf3 Nh7 24. Ng3 Ne7 25. Qh5 f5 26. f4 Nf6 27. Qe2 c4 28. Bc2
fxe4 29. fxe5 dxe5 30. d6 Qc5+ 31. Be3 Qxd6 32. Nxe4 Nxe4 33. Bxe4 Bf5 34. Rd1
Qg6 35. Bxf5 Rxf5 36. Rd7 Rf7 37. Bf2 Qb1+ 38. Be1 Ng6 39. Rd6 Kh7 40. Kh2 Qf5
41. Bg3 Nf4 42. Qf3 Qc2 43. Re6 Rf5 44. Bxf4 Rxf4 45. Qh5 Rf2 46. Qg4 Qd3 47.
Rxe5 Rxb2 48. Qf4 Qg6 49. Qf3 Rd2 50. Rxb5 Qd6+ 51. Kg1 Rd1+ 52. Kf2 Qd2+ 53.
Kg3 Qe1+ 54. Kg4 Rd6 55. g3 Rf6 56. Rf5 Qe6 57. Qd5 h5+ 58. Kg5 Rxf5+ 59. Qxf5+
Qxf5+ 60. Kxf5 Kh6 61. Kf4 Kg6 0-1

[Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2011.12.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Aronian, Levon"]
[Black "Short, Nigel D"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[BlackElo "2698"]
[PlyCount "119"]
[EventDate "2011.12.03"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 Ba6 7. b3 O-O 8.
Bg2 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. O-O Qd6 11. Nc3 Nc6 12. Rac1 Rfe8 13. Qf4 Rad8 14. Rfe1
g6 15. a3 Kg7 16. Bf1 Na5 17. Qxd6 Rxd6 18. Nd2 Ne4 19. Ncxe4 dxe4 20. b4 Nc6
21. e3 Bxf1 22. Kxf1 Re7 23. Nc4 Rd8 24. Re2 f6 25. Rec2 Nb8 26. a4 Na6 27. Nd2
c5 28. bxc5 bxc5 29. Nb3 cxd4 30. Nxd4 Nb4 31. Rc7 Rdd7 32. Rxd7 Rxd7 33. a5
Kf7 34. g4 Nd5 35. Rc8 Ke7 36. h4 Rb7 37. h5 f5 38. hxg6 hxg6 39. gxf5 gxf5 40.
Nxf5+ Kd7 41. Rc5 Nb4 42. Ng3 Nc6 43. Nxe4 Rb1+ 44. Ke2 Ra1 45. f4 Rxa5 46. Rc2
Nb4 47. Rd2+ Ke7 48. Kf3 Rh5 49. Ng5 a5 50. e4 Rh1 51. e5 Rf1+ 52. Kg4 a4 53.
e6 a3 54. Rd7+ Ke8 55. Ne4 Nd5 56. Rxd5 a2 57. Rd7 a1=Q 58. Nd6+ Kf8 59. e7+
Kg8 60. e8=Q# 1-0

These results place Carlsen in the outright lead on 7/3, though Kramnik has played one game less and is on 4/2.

ER
07-12-2011, 02:05 PM
Who's that Luke McShane?

Max Illingworth
07-12-2011, 03:02 PM
Who's that Luke McShane?

The future number one chess player in England. ;)

ER
07-12-2011, 03:17 PM
The future number one chess player in England. ;)

Thanks, it looks like he will be a threat in the international scene as well! I am going to do some search on his background etc! :)

Rincewind
07-12-2011, 03:46 PM
Thanks, it looks like he will be a threat in the international scene as well! I am going to do some search on his background etc! :)

He made headlines as a junior some time back. He seems to have a job nowadays so perhaps his future #1 status in UK chess will have some competition. :)

ER
07-12-2011, 04:38 PM
He made headlines as a junior some time back. He seems to have a job nowadays so perhaps his future #1 status in UK chess will have some competition. :)


If he can have a full time job and be able to = lead this tournament (having drawn vs the highest player in the world and beaten Adams) then the kid is doing exceptionally well and good on him!

Rincewind
07-12-2011, 04:52 PM
If he can have a full time job and be able to = lead this tournament (having drawn vs the highest player in the world and beaten Adams) then the kid is doing exceptionally well and good on him!

He's playing well that's for sure. But he hasn't come out of nowhere. Next you'll be telling me you have never heard of Stuart Conquest. :P

ER
07-12-2011, 04:59 PM
He's playing well that's for sure. But he hasn't come out of nowhere. Next you'll be telling me you have never heard of Stuart Conquest. :P

LOL hey!!! I know him he's being around for years! Must be in his 40s now! But with all them other younsters popping up left, right and centre it's hard to keep up with! I still haven't come to terms with Magnus's generation and it looks like the milleniumists are here to stay too! :P

machomortensen
08-12-2011, 07:17 AM
@ JAK

Luke McShane played as a kid - with his dad - several times in Denmark in the Copenhagen Open/Politiken Cup. At that times he looked much younger than he actually was. If I understand it right he will play again in Denmark in july/august 2012.

I once were at a party in Denmark where - I suppose - he felt a bit lost. I came late and Sandra de Blecourt told me that I should join him. He told me that the respect of teachers in UK were declining - that thing happened in Denmark allready in 70'es... - and that it was his granddads - and not he dad - who learned him to play chess.

kibitzer
08-12-2011, 03:49 PM
What prizes are they playing for as a matter of interest? (European sites rarely seem to mention prizes for big tourneys for some reason.)

Max Illingworth
08-12-2011, 03:58 PM
The prize fund is 160 000 pounds.

kibitzer
08-12-2011, 05:05 PM
Thanks Max - yes 50k to the winner according to this site:
http://www.chess.com/news/london-chess-classic-2011-2614
A bit of a change from the usual British first prizes of 200-300 pounds, at least
the ones I've seen advertised on forums.

Agent Smith
09-12-2011, 08:25 PM
Nakamura leads outright.

----------------------------------------------------------------
1: Nakamura, Hi 2758 10.0 X 0 = . 1 1 . 1 . 2923 +12
2: Carlsen, M 2826 9.0 1 X = = = . . 1 . 2881 +4
3: Kramnik, V 2800 8.0 = = X . . . 1 . 1 2947 +7
4: McShane, L 2671 8.0 . = . X = . . 1 1 2941 +14
5: Aronian, L 2802 5.0 0 = . = X . 1 . . 2738 -4
6: Anand, V 2811 5.0 0 . . . . X 1 = = 2705 -6
7: Short, N 2698 3.0 . . 0 . 0 0 X . 1 2593 -5
8: Howell, D 2633 2.0 0 0 . 0 . = . X = 2520 -6
9: Adams, Mi 2734 2.0 . . 0 0 . = 0 = X 2482 -16
----------------------------------------------------------------
Nice win in round five

[Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2011.12.08"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Nakamura, Hi"]
[Black "Howell, D"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2758"]
[BlackElo "2633"]
[ECO "A22"]
[EventDate "2011.12.03"]
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Nf3 Bxc3 5.bxc3 Nc6 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O Re8 8.d3
e4 9.Nd4 exd3 10.exd3 Nxd4 11.cxd4 d5 12.Be3 h6 13.h3 b6 14.Rc1 Qd7 15.Bf4
Bb7 16.Be5 Nh7 17.c5 Rac8 18.h4 Nf8 19.Kh2 bxc5 20.Bh3 Ne6 21.Rxc5 f6 22.
Bf4 Qd8 23.Ra5 c5 24.Rxa7 Qb6 25.Ra4 Nxd4 26.Qh5 Qc6 27.Rb1 Ra8 28.Rxa8
Rxa8 29.Bg2 Ne6 30.Rxb7 Qxb7 31.Bxd5 Qc8 32.Bxh6 Ra6
( 32...gxh6 {Critter: 18:+5.34} 33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qxh6+ Kg8
35.Qg6+ Kh8 36.Qxf6+ Kh7 37.Be4+ Kg8 38.Bxa8 Qxa8 )
33.Be3 Rd6 34.Bxc5 Rxd5 35.Qxd5 Kf7 36.Be3 Qa6 37.Qc4 Qa8 38.d4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2011, 09:05 PM
Good to see Nakamura back in touch after an indifferent year.

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2011, 12:10 PM
Carlsen, Kramnik and McShane all won last night during Nakamura's bye so they are now all on 12/6 ahead of Nakamura on 11/6 with two rounds to go. However Nakamura has by far the easier run home, at least on paper.

WhiteElephant
11-12-2011, 12:36 PM
Here's a transcript of Nakamura's comments from ChessBase:


Daniel King – Tell us a little more about working with Garry Kasparov. You enjoy those sessions?

Hikaru Nakamura – There is something to be gained. Mainly it’s the opening preparation he did with his team over the past 20-25 years of his chess career. That’s really the strength of working with someone like Kasparov. It’s his opening preparation because a lot of his wins came just out of getting good positions out of openings as a player. So it’s mainly looking at openings and working from there. There are other things like studies and endgames, but it’s pretty much the openings.

Right, so he doesn’t look at particular middlegames that much with you, or…?

No, like I said, his strength was in openings. I mean you look at middlegames or endgames and I’m quite convinced there are other players who are better than he was, but he was able to get advantages out of the openings so that was his main strength.

Ok, right.

And when he wasn’t able to do that, that’s why he lost his title to Kramnik.

Simple as that?

Well, pretty much.

Right… interesting. And your training sessions are continuing anyway?

Uh…. We’ll see.

Wow, pretty arrogant stuff to say no? Especially about someone helping you with your own game. Wonder if there is a rift between them or something.

Paul Cavezza
11-12-2011, 03:10 PM
I was watching the interview and it didn't come across as arrogant in my view.

It's an odd thing to say given Kasparov's record with black though. Also, I found it strange to hear he'd been working on openings with Kasp after seeing this a few weeks ago:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1647955

can't see GK pulling that out!

Agent Smith
11-12-2011, 07:08 PM
Rogers reckons in todays paper that Nakamura is paying Kasparov "about $250 000 a year, much less than Carlsen did". Those numbers are a suprise to me. 8|

Max Illingworth
11-12-2011, 07:16 PM
Rogers reckons in todays paper that Nakamura is paying Kasparov "about $250 000 a year, much less than Carlsen did". Those numbers are a suprise to me. 8|

My understanding is that Rex Sinquefield is wholly paying for Nakamura's training with Kasparov.

Nakamura has a good shot at winning the tournament, but my feeling at the moment is that Carlsen will emerge the winner.

Edit: For those interested, McShane's live rating is 2692. So by my calculations, 1.5/2 against Kramnik and Anand puts him over 2700 live FIDE.

Agent Smith
11-12-2011, 07:52 PM
By my calculations - he'll be lucky to get 1.0/2.0 against Kramnik and Anand :P

But what do i know ? Good luck to him.

Agent Smith
12-12-2011, 07:17 AM
Kramnik has the sole lead with one round left.
His last game is against the solid Aronian, while Carlsen plays Short.
Respective Draw and Win will mean Carlsen and Kramnik tie for first, while McShane
and Naka can still tie for first if Kramnik loses and Carlsen Draws.


----------------------------------------------------------------
1: Kramnik, V 2800 15.0 X = = 1 = . 1 1 1 2963 +13
2: Carlsen, M 2826 13.0 = X 1 = = = . 1 1 2902 +6
3: Nakamura, Hi 2758 12.0
4: McShane, L 2671 12.0 0 = = X . = 1 1 1 2852 +18
5: Anand, V 2811 8.0 = = 0 . X = 1 = = 2750 -6
6: Aronian, L 2802 8.0 . = 0 = = X 1 = = 2733 -7
7: Short, N 2698 5.0 0 . = 0 0 0 X = 1 2586 -10
8: Howell, D 2633 4.0 0 0 0 0 = = = X = 2569 -6
9: Adams, Mi 2734 3.0 0 0 . 0 = = 0 = X 2518 -19
----------------------------------------------------------------

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2011, 09:29 AM
Hmmm, McShane's game seems to be his entry in a "How not to play against Kramnik" competition.

Max Illingworth
12-12-2011, 11:08 AM
If Kramnik draws and Carlsen wins, who will win on tiebreak?

guybrush
12-12-2011, 04:18 PM
If Kramnik draws and Carlsen wins, who will win on tiebreak?

Kramnik. The first tiebreak is most wins, and the second tiebreak is black wins. Kramnik has 2 of these and Carlsen has none!

Agent Smith
12-12-2011, 06:26 PM
Hmmm, McShane's game seems to be his entry in a "How not to play against Kramnik" competition.
;)
He didn't want to give in either. The last twenty moves were probably superfluous, especially since Kramnik was much better for time.

ER
13-12-2011, 01:28 AM
Congratulations to Vlad for winning this! :clap: None of the ChessChat member gave him any chance! Has anyone calculated what the results would have been if points were given the "normal" way? ie 1 for win, 0.5 for draw and 0 for loss?

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2011, 01:31 AM
Congratulations to Vlad for winning this! :clap: None of the ChessChat member gave him any chance! Has anyone calculated what the results would have been if points were given the "normal" way? ie 1 for win, 0.5 for draw and 0 for loss?

As far as first place is concerned the situation is the same now. Chessbase gives standings in 1-1/2-0 form as well as 3-1-0 form in each day's report.

ER
13-12-2011, 02:03 AM
As far as first place is concerned the situation is the same now. Chessbase gives standings in 1-1/2-0 form as well as 3-1-0 form in each day's report.

ok thanks!

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2011, 02:17 AM
Carlsen was unable to beat Short so Kramnik wins outright.

Nakamura - Adams

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Bc4 Nxd5 6.0-0 Be6 7.Bb3 c5 8.Kh1 Nc6 9.d4 c4 10.Ba4 Bd6 11.b3 c3 12.Qd3 0-0 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Nxc3 Re8 15.Nxd5 Bxd5 16.c4 Be4 17.Qc3 a5 18.a3 f6 19.Bb2 Ra7 20.Rad1 Rae7 21.b4 axb4 22.axb4 Kh8 23.Qb3 Rb7 24.Bc3 Qb8 25.b5 cxb5 26.c5 b4 27.Bd2 Bf8 28.Rde1 g5 29.Qc4 g4 30.Nh4 f3 31.d5 fxg2+ 32.Nxg2 Bf3 33.Kg1 Rc8 34.c6 Rb5 35.Nf4 Bc5+ 36.Be3 Bxe3+? 37.Rxe3 Qb6 38.Rfe1 b3?? 39.Qc3 Rf8 40.Ne6 b2 41.c7 1-0

Nak's position really did look bad but it was messy enough for him to find the complications in which Adams self-destructed.

Jesper Norgaard
13-12-2011, 05:59 AM
As far as first place is concerned the situation is the same now. Chessbase gives standings in 1-1/2-0 form as well as 3-1-0 form in each day's report.

I guess you mean 1--0 with 1-1/2-0 but for a moment I thought you meant draws set up as 1-1 and wins as 2-0, which could be another valid way to encode the traditional system ;)

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2011, 06:51 AM
As far as first place is concerned the situation is the same now. Chessbase gives standings in 1-1/2-0 form as well as 3-1-0 form in each day's report.
Indeed, a great result for Kramnik, whose +4-0=4 score was a 2935 performance (http://www.londonchessclassic.com/classic.standings.htm), and good enough for a 1/2-point margin under proper scoring. Only Nak won as many games, and he lost one.

Adams had a dreadful tournament of +0-5=3, with a relative rabbit's performance of only 2499.

Agent Smith
13-12-2011, 07:18 AM
----------------------------------------------------------------
1: Kramnik, V 2800 16.0 X = = 1 = = 1 1 1 2934 +13
2: Nakamura, Hi 2758 15.0 = X 0 = 1 1 = 1 1 2887 +14
3: Carlsen, M 2826 14.0 = 1 X = = = = 1 1 2879 +5
4: McShane, L 2671 13.0 0 = = X = = 1 1 1 2852 +20
5: Aronian, L 2802 9.0 = 0 = = X = 1 = = 2741 -7
6: Anand, V 2811 9.0 = 0 = = = X 1 = = 2740 -8
7: Short, N 2698 6.0 0 = = 0 0 0 X = 1 2613 -9
8: Howell, D 2633 4.0 0 0 0 0 = = = X = 2569 -6
9: Adams, Mi 2734 3.0 0 0 0 0 = = 0 = X 2498 -22
----------------------------------------------------------------

peter_parr
13-12-2011, 10:44 AM
London Classic 1st Kramnik 4/4 v English players plus 4 draws.

A report was published in the SMH (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/newsindex.htm)

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2011, 09:36 PM
[Nak and Gazza]


Wow, pretty arrogant stuff to say no? Especially about someone helping you with your own game. Wonder if there is a rift between them or something.

Apparently so as it now transpires they will not be working together anymore.

WhiteElephant
18-12-2011, 11:40 PM
Yep saw that on ChessBase, so it seems that the split had already occurrred at the time Naka made those comments. Wonder what was the cause....

Naka has been my favourite player for some time, and although he has been heavily criticised for being arrogant, I have always ignored it. I love his playing style and watching him play on ICC but just lately I'm thinking the criticism is justified seeing the way he behaves after losses and saying that about Kaspy wasn't too nice.

Paul Cavezza
19-12-2011, 07:19 AM
haha ok, judging by the first two video's names on his site:

http://www.hikarunakamura.com/

he may be a touch arrogant!