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Kevin Bonham
17-12-2016, 04:34 PM
So absorbed in the Masters and with work I didn't even notice this was on! Anyway with two to go the scores are

5/7 So
4.5 Caruana
4 Kramnik, Nakamura
3.5 Aronian, Anand, Giri
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Adams
1 (ouch) Topalov

Caruana won this queen-sacrifice game against Nakamura in round 6

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 h6 8. Bh4 Qb6 9. a3 Be7 10. Bf2 Qc7 11. Qf3 Nbd7 12. 0-0-0 b5 13. g4 g5 14. h4 gxf4 15. Be2 b4 16. axb4 Ne5 17. Qxf4 Nexg4 18. Bxg4 e5 19. Qxf6 Bxf6 20. Nd5 Qd8 21. Nf5 Rb8 22. Nxf6+ Qxf6 23. Rxd6 Be6 24. Rhd1 0-0 25. h5 Qg5+ 26. Be3 Qf6 27. Nxh6+ Kh8 28. Bf5 Qe7 29. b5 Qe8 30. Nxf7+ Rxf7 31. Rxe6 Qxb5 32. Rh6+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
17-12-2016, 09:01 PM
Giri has drawn all seven games thus far. He is truly the new Peter Leko.

Agent Smith
20-12-2016, 05:11 PM
Giri +0-0=9

8th London Classic 2016
London ENG, 2016.12.09 - 2016.12.18
Average Rating: 2785 (Category 22)
Rtng Age Nat Score (Tie) S C K A N G A V A T Perf Chg
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1: So, Wesley 2794 23 USA 6.0 / 9 25.00 X = = = 1 = = = 1 1 2909 +14 (+3 -0 =6)
2: Caruana, Fabiano 2823 24 USA 5.5 / 9 23.25 = X = = 1 = = = = 1 2861 +5 (+2 -0 =7)
3: Kramnik, Vladimir 2809 41 RUS 5.0 / 9 21.00 = = X = = = = = = 1 2825 +2 (+1 -0 =8)
4: Anand, Viswanathan 2779 47 IND 5.0 / 9 20.50 = = = X 0 = = 1 = 1 2828 +6 (+2 -1 =6)
5: Nakamura, Hikaru 2779 29 USA 5.0 / 9 19.75 0 0 = 1 X = = 1 = 1 2828 +6 (+3 -2 =4)
6: Giri, Anish 2771 22 NED 4.5 / 9 20.25 = = = = = X = = = = 2786 +3 (+0 -0 =9)
7: Aronian, Levon 2785 34 ARM 4.0 / 9 19.50 = = = = = = X 0 1 0 2742 -5 (+1 -2 =6)
8: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2804 26 FRA 4.0 / 9 17.50 = = = 0 0 = 1 X = = 2740 -8 (+1 -2 =6)
9: Adams, Michael 2748 45 ENG 4.0 / 9 16.50 0 = = = = = 0 = X 1 2746 +0 (+1 -2 =6)
10: Topalov, Veselin 2760 41 BUL 2.0 / 9 8.25 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 = 0 X 2568 -22 (+1 -6 =2)
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45 games: +9 -6 =30
Nice win by Topalov, who otherwise had one to forget.
[Event "8th London Classic 2016"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "2016.12.18"]
[Round "9.5"]
[White "Aronian, Levon"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2785"]
[BlackElo "2760"]
[ECO "A37"]
[EventDate "2016.12.09"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "English"]
[Variation "symmetrical variation"]
[WhiteFideId "13300474"]
[BlackFideId "2900084"]

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O e6 7. e3 Nge7 8. d4 O-O 9. Re1 a6 10. Bd2 Rb8 11. Rc1 b6 12. Ne2 e5 13. Bc3 h6 14. d5 Nb4 15. Ra1 b5 16. a3 bxc4 17. axb4 cxb4 18. Bd2 Nxd5 19. Qc1 c3 20. bxc3 b3 21. Qb1 Nf6 22. Qb2 Qc7 23. c4
23. ... Qxc4 24. Nc3 Be6 25. Rec1 Nd7 26. e4 Nc5 27. Bf1 Qb4 28. Be3 Rfc8 29. Nd2 a5 30. Bxc5 Rxc5 31. Ra4 Qb7 32. Bc4 Qc6 33. Bd5 Bxd5 34. exd5 Qd7 35. Ra3 a4 36. Nxa4 Rxd5 37. Nxb3 e4 38. Qa2 Qf5 39. Re1 Rdb5 40. Rc1 d5 41. Nac5 d4 42. Ra7 d3 43. Rc7 h5 44. Qa4 h4 45. Qxe4 Qxe4 46. Nxe4 Rxb3 47. gxh4 Bh6 48. Rf1 R3b4 49. f3 Rb2 50. Nf6+ Kg7 51. Ng4 d2 52. Rd7 Re8 53. Nf2 Re1 0-1

Final position from Giri - Topalov
8/1kbn1qp1/2p1pp1p/1pPp3P/1P1P1PP1/3NQP2/1K2N3/8 b - - 66 67