Carlsen and Kramnik winners in second round London Classic
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik also won their second game at the London Chess Classic on Sunday. The world #1 beat world #2 Levon Aronian, while the former World Champion won against Hikaru Nakamura.
Round 2 of the London Chess Classic in action | Photos © Ray Morris-Hill
After the amazing start in London, Sunday was another fantastic day of top chess with four hard fought games. It says a lot that the shortest game lasted 59 moves!
This game might also be one for the history books, because by beating Aronian, Carlsen surpassed Garry Kasparov's all-time rating record. The Norwegian reached 2855.7 in the live ratings, which, however, is still not "beating" Kasparov, as some argue. A Norwegian blog calculated that on 28 February 2000 and on 4 March 2000 The Boss had a virtual rating of "at least 2856, probably 2857".
All that matters, of course, is Carlsen's published rating on the FIDE list, and therefore his final score in London. GM Bartek Macieja calculated for us that the Norwegian needs 6/8 to beat Kasparov, because 5.5/8 would win 3.4 points, just not enough! With 6/8 Carlsen's new FIDE rating would be 2856. It's quite a high score even for Carlsen, but on the other hand it's now "only" 4/6 for him to make history...
The win against Aronian wasn't a smooth one. Somehow Carlsen messed up in a position where he was a healthy pawn up, but after the time control Aronian started to play badly.
The winner from last year also started with two victories. Kramnik reacted well to Nakamura's rare sixth move, and slowly built up pressure on the white center. Perhaps the queen ending was a draw, but obviously it's extremely difficult to hold such a position.
Polgar-Jones was a fascinating struggle that started as a Sicilian Dragon. As the Hungarian lady explained afterwards, she examined this variation thoroughly a few years back and with 20.Rd3! she kept an advantage. In fact during the game and also in the post-mortem she felt that the position around the time control should have been a technical win for White.
The World Champ got a slight plus out of the opening against McShane. At some point Anand sacrificed a pawn to end up with the better pawn structure, but Black's activity turned out to be the more important factor. By the skin of his teeth the Indian eventually held a R vs R + f&h.
Pairings & results
|Round 1||01.12.12||15:00 CET||Round 2||0212.12||15:00 CET|
|Anand||bye||Assisting the commentary||Adams||bye||Assisting the commentary|
|Round 3||0312.12||15:00 CET||Round 4||04.12.12||17:00 CET|
|McShane||bye||Assisting the commentary||Polgar||bye||Assisting the commentary|
|Round 5||06.12.12||15:00 CET||Round 6||07.12.12||15:00 CET|
|Aronian||bye||Assisting the commentary||Nakamura||bye||Assisting the commentary|
|Round 7||08.12.12||15:00 CET||Round 8||09.12.12||15:00 CET|
|Kramnik||bye||Assisting the commentary||Carlsen||bye||Assisting the commentary|
|Round 9||10.12.12||13:00 CET|
|Jones||bye||Assisting the commentary|
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