LCC R6: All games drawn, Nakamura maintains lead
On his 24th birthday, Hikaru Nakamura maintained his lead at the London Chess Classic as all games in the sixth round ended in draws. Magnus Carlsen had his free round today, and saw Vladimir Kramnik and Luke McShane catch him in second place.
Videos by Macauley Peterson
We can't have summer all year long. Just when we noted that the 3rd London Chess Classic was seeing much less draws than normal, in the next round all four games end peacefully. Oh well, before we'll look at these games, let's start with someting completely different.
Danny King asked Magnus Carlsen, the GM commentator of the day, what's the situation with him and the World Championship cycle.
My intention is to participate, as long as the conditions are good.
What kind of conditions?
Stuff like contracts...
Does the venue matter?
Yeah, a little bit. But I really don't want to get into this. The tournaments I play in are just so much more interesting than the World Championship. I only think about that when people ask me about it.
Meanwhile, the current World Champion was playing against a former World Champion.
David Howell and Nigel Short provided some interesting background information about their game at the post-mortem/press conference. Howell (about his choice of the Alapin):
On any other day I would have played the Open Sicilian - I guess I wasn't feeling that confident.
Nigel Short then pointed out that he accompanied Howell in 2009 to Patagonia (for the World Juniors) and that during that trip David kept saying to him how good an opening the Alapin was! Then the former World Championship contender added, about his choice of turning it into a Tarrasch French:
I wanted to play something familiar. I woke up last night and spent several hours analyzing my game against Vishy so I was a bit tired.
In fact also the third draw which follows in this report was quite interesting actually.
There's not much to say about the next game, though, except for the fact that it's understandable that Mickey Adams, who hasn't been in great shape so far, didn't want to risk anything against Levon Aronian.
Round 6 standings
|2||McShane,L||2671||9.0/5||2 black wins||2898|
|3||Kramnik,V||2800||9.0/5||1 black win||2913|
|4||Carlsen,M||2826||9.0/5||2 white wins||2880|
|5||Anand,V||2811||6.0/5||1 black win||2725|
|6||Aronian,L||2802||6.0/5||1 white win||2737|
Round 6 standings (classical)
London Chess Classic 2011 | Schedule & results
|Round 1||03.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 2||04.12.11||15:00 CET|
|Short||bye||Assisting the commentary||Anand||bye||Assisting the commentary|
|Round 3||05.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 4||06.12.11||17:00 CET|
|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|
|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|
|Nakamura||bye||Assisting the commentary||Adams||bye||Assisting the commentary|
|Round 9||12.12.11||13:00 CET|
|Howell||bye||Assisting the commentary|
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