London R6: Carlsen also beats Polgar, Anand blunders, McShane beats Jones
On Friday Magnus Carlsen also defeated Judit Polgar to get to a stunning 5.5/6, a 3147 performance rating and a 2863.6 live rating. In the London Chess Classic's 6th round Luke McShane won against his compatriot Gawain Jones, and Vishy Anand blundered horribly against Mickey Adams.
On stage at the start of round 6 in London | Photo © ChessVibes
Just before the start of the round, the players (joined by commentator of the day
Nakamura) are waiting to be called onto the stage | Photo © ChessVibes
By now it's clear that London 2012 will make the history books. After winning yet another game, Magnus Carlsen only needs half a point out of his last two games to break Garry Kasparov's record officially, and in this super form he's in, we don't see him losing a game actually.
Michael Basman plays the first move at the board of Magnus Carlsen, saying
"It's such an important event that I should play this!" | Photo © Ray Morris-Hill
On Friday his victim was Judit Polgar, who finds herself on the other end of the leaderboard having a very bad tournament.
Carlsen puts back the h-pawn to start with 1.c4 instead | Photo © ChessVibes
After Carlsen had entered the commentary room under a big applause, he said
It was probably my best game so far.
and indeed for the first time there were no moments of hesitation and no positions where he was worse. It was a smooth win from start to finish.
Carlsen in the commentary room after the game | Photo © ChessVibes
When Carlsen sat down next to commentators Danny King and Lawrence Trent, he was first asked whether he "had seen it". For about twenty minutes, King and Trent had talked about one thing only: the Blunder by the World Champ. But Magnus didn't know this of course, and in fact, he hadn't seen it was a blunder either, despite the fact that after Anand had made his 41st move, he had looked at the position on stage. This made it clear that although it was a blunder, Adams' reply (and that Bxf7 could be answered by Kg7!) was also the kind of move anyone can miss every now and then. At the press conference Adams said he saw Qd1 quickly, and that he noticed that Anand saw it too. He added that the Indian "was quite nice after the game actually".
A rare blunder by the World Champion, Vishy Anand | Photo © Ray Morris-Hill
About an hour later, the other two games also ended almost simultaneously. Like in their match in Zurich last year, Aronian played 1.e4 to enter the complications of the Berlin Ending, which he plays with Black as well. For a long time it wasn't clear whether Black was better or not (the players seemed to disagree at the press conference) but from move 25 onwards Aronian was on the defending side.
A tough fight in a Berlin Endgame between Aronian and Kramnik | Photo © ChessVibes
The all-English clash between McShane and Jones saw the latter sacrificing material once more, and again it was both creative but not enough. McShane could have decided the game quicker but he was always in control.
Luke McShane beats Gawain Jones | Photo © Ray Morris-Hill
Commentary videos (produced by Macauley Peterson)
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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