Kramnik and Polgar winners in 8th round London Classic
The London Chess Classic will see an exciting last round on Monday. Magnus Carlsen, who didn't play but joined the commentators on Sunday, is leading by just two points as Vladimir Kramnik defeated Gawain Jones. Judit Polgar won her first game in the penultimate round. Luke McShane didn't handle the Symmetrical English middlegame very well, and this was punished with some powerful moves by the Hungarian lady. The other two games ended in draws, and especially Anand-Nakamura was an epic fight.
Judit Polgar beats Luke McShane at the London Chess Classic | Photos © Ray Morris-Hill
The 4th London Chess Classic continues to amaze with wonderfully exciting games played in just about every round. Judit Polgar finally found some form and won a good game, her first, against Luke McShane. Vladimir Kramnik kept chances for tournament victory thanks to a smooth win against Gawain Jones, who has now finished his tournament. (He'll be giving commentary during the final round). Crazy things happened in Anand-Nakamura, but just like the more quiet game Aronian-Adams the result was a draw.
Kramnik surprised with his opening moves 1.Nf3 and 2.b3. At the press conference he said:
I wanted a slow game. I really needed a win today to try and fight for first place.
Jones' tournament is now over, and at the press conference the Englishman looked back:
It's been a great experience playing this tournament. To play players like Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen... I picked up a lot of experience from it. It's a huge different level. Your concentration needs to be so high!
Judit Polgar finally won a game, and a good one. She basically pointed out what was wrong with McShane's doubtful and uncertain moves in the early middlegame.
Anand-Nakamura was an epic fight which included a complicated tactical sequence of moves in the middle game which eventually led to a highly complicated endgame. In the final phase, the evaluation of the position went a bit up and down as the players made a few errors that seemed almost inevitable.
Levon Aronian went for a King's Indian attack but didn't get anything out of the opening. Just before the time control it got worse, and Mickey Adams won a healthy pawn. The presence of opposite-coloured bishops helped the Armenian to save the draw.
Tomorrow we'll have Adams-Kramnik, Polgar-Aronian, Nakamura-McShane and Carlsen-Anand. Kramnik said:
It's goint to be a very interesting last round. It would be a pity if Magnus, not for him but for the spectators, would be already the winner after today.
If Carlsen draws and Kramnik beats Adams the two will both finish on 18 points. In fact their tie-break will be exactly the same as well:
- Number of games won.
- Number of games won with Black.
- Result of the game(s) between the tied players.
In this case the players will play an Armageddon game to decide the winner of the tournament. White will get 6 minutes + 2 seconds per move while Black will get 5 minutes + 2 seconds per move, with draw odds.
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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