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    London Chess Classic 2017

    December 6, 2017

    Round Five

    The games:

    Round 5, Dec. 6
    Adams, Michael – Nakamura, Hikaru
    B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, Rauser variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.O-O-O d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 Qb6 14.Na4 Qc7 15.Nc5 Rd8 16.Bc4 Bf5 17.Bb3 Nb6 18.Qc3 h5 19.g3 Nd5 20.Qc4 e6 21.Rhe1 Qe7 22.Nd3 Nb6 23.Qc5 Rd6 24.Rd2 Nd7 25.Qc3 Bxd3 26.Rxd3 Rxd3 27.Qxd3 Nc5 28.Qc3 Rd8 29.a3 Qd6 30.Bc4 Na4 31.Qe3 Nb6 32.Be2 Qe7 1/2-1/2

    Round 5, Dec. 6
    Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Karjakin, Sergey
    E35 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 cxd4 9.exd4 Nc6 10.Bb5 O-O 11.Ne2 Qb6 12.Bxc6 Qxc6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.O-O Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Bg4 16.f3 Bd7 17.Qd2 Bb5 18.Rfe1 Bxe2 19.Rxe2 Rfe8 20.Rae1 Rxe2 21.Rxe2 Rc8 22.b3 b6 23.h3 a5 24.Qe3 a4 25.bxa4 Rc4 26.Qe8+ Kh7 27.Qe5 Rxd4 28.Qxf6 gxf6 29.Rb2 Rxa4 30.Rxb6 Rxa2 1/2-1/2

    Round 5, Dec. 6
    Aronian, Levon – MVL
    D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defence

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 O-O 8.Qd2 e5 9.d5 c6 10.Rd1 cxd5 11.exd5 N8d7 12.Nh3 e4 13.fxe4 Ne5 14.Nf2 f5 15.Bc5 Rf7 16.Be2 f4 17.Bf3 Nbc4 18.Qe2 b6 19.Bd4 Ne3 20.Bxe3 fxe3 21.Qxe3 Qf8 22.Be2 Bh6 23.Qd4 Bg7 24.Qe3 Bh6 25.Qd4 Bg7 1/2-1/2

    Round 5, Dec. 6
    Caruana, Fabiano – Anand, Vishy
    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.h3 Nd7 8.Be3 Bd6 9.Ne2 Re8 10.g4 Nc5 11.Ng3 Ne6 12.Nf5 c5 13.h4 a5 14.h5 Ra6 15.Qd2 Nd4 16.Rh3 Bf8 17.O-O-O Be6 18.Kb1 f6 19.c3 Nxf3 20.Rxf3 c4 21.Qc2 cxd3 22.Rxd3 Qc8 23.g5 fxg5 24.Bxg5 Bf7 25.h6 gxh6 26.Bc1 Qe6 27.b3 a4 28.c4 axb3 29.axb3 Qc6 30.Rg3+ Kh8 31.Rd1 b5 32.c5 b4 33.Bb2 Bg6 34.Rd5 Qb5 35.Rg1 c6 36.Rxe5 Rxe5 37.Bxe5+ Kg8 38.Bd4 Kf7 39.Nh4 1-0

    - 32……Qxc5 instead of b4 was preferred
    - Don Fabio is the only guy in London who can WIN games
    - 2 wins in a row, fabi has a good chance to win the Giri Cup
    - it would be very funny if Caruana won the tournament and nobody else won a single game. Has that ever happened before?

    Round 5, Dec. 6
    Carlsen, Magnus – So, Wesley
    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bg5 Nd4 6.Nxd4 Bxd4 7.c3 Bb6 8.Nd2 c6 9.Ba4 h6 10.Bh4 d6 11.Nc4 Bc7 12.Ne3 Bb6 13.Bb3 g5 14.Bg3 Bxe3 15.fxe3 Bg4 16.Qd2 Nh5 17.O-O O-O 18.Be1 Qe7 19.h3 Be6 20.Qe2 Bxb3 21.Qxh5 Bc2 22.Qe2 Ba4 23.b3 Bb5 24.a4 Ba6 25.b4 b6 26.c4 Bb7 27.a5 f6 28.d4 Qh7 29.c5 bxc5 30.bxc5 Qxe4 31.cxd6 exd4 32.Qc4+ Kg7 33.a6 Bc8 34.Qxd4 Qxd4 35.exd4 Rb8 36.Bf2 Rf7 37.d5 cxd5 38.Rfc1 d4 39.Bxd4 Bf5 40.Rc7 Rd8 41.Bc5 Rdd7 42.Rxd7 Rxd7 43.Kf2 Be4 44.g4 f5 45.Ke3 Kf6 46.Ra5 Bc2 47.Rb5 Ke6 48.Rb2 f4+ 49.Kd4 Bd1 50.Rb8 f3 51.Ke3 Kd5 52.Ba3 Be2 53.Rh8 Kc4 54.Rxh6 Kb3 55.Bc5 Kc4 56.Bd4 Kd5 57.Rg6 Rxd6 58.Rxg5+ Ke6 59.Bxa7 Rxa6 60.Bc5 Ra2 61.Kf4 f2 62.Re5+ Kf7 63.Rf5+ Kg8 64.Bxf2 Bf1 65.Kg3 Ra3+ 66.Rf3 Rxf3+ 67.Kxf3 Bxh3 68.Kf4 Bxg4 1/2-1/2

    - For what it's worth, the Sesse supercomputer thinks Carlsen started going wrong with 56 Bd4. The machine wanted 56 Ba3 instead with a nearly +3 advantage, and a liquidation to a couple of connected passed pawns for white on the kingside. Who knows?

    Position after 59…Rxa6

    Better is 60.Rg6+ Kf7 61.Rxa6 Bxa6 62.Kxf3


    From Peter Doggers at

    Caruana Again Only Winner In London

    Going into the rest day Fabiano Caruana took a full-point lead at the London Chess Classic. In round five he was again the only winner after beating Vishy Anand.

    Even after five rounds, seven players are still on a clean 50 percent. We have Anand and Karjakin on minus one, as both players lost to the leader: Caruana. The London Chess Classic might become the first tournament win for Caruana with Carlsen in it, since his legendary win at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup.

    The draw percentage keeps on growing and has now reached a staggering 92%, but even if all the remaining games at the 2017 London Chess Classic end peacefully it will not be "worse" than the 1999 Petrosian Memorial, where Ivkov, Portisch, Taimanov, Spassky, Smyslov, Hort, Balashov, Tseshkovsky, Gligoric, and Larsen played a closed round robin and only three games out of 45 ended decisively.

    Those were different circumstances, with probably less incentive to play for a win, but even with serious money on the line here in London, the super GMs have a hard time winning games. Except Fabiano Caruana, that is.

    Magnus Carlsen got some winning chances against Wesley So, who defended like a lion today. "I thought it was pretty much equal until he allowed this 29.c5, and then I got a huge initiative," said Carlsen. Right before the time control I thought I was close to winning; then after the time control I realized it wasn't so at all. So I had to start anew. When I got this pawn h6 I was reasonably optimistic but I didn't see a way so probably he defended very well."

    Carlsen winning this tournament got a bit less likely, but obviously he hasn't given up yet. "I first of all have to keep fighting. Today wasn't great, it wasn't the result I needed, but it was a step up from the two previous games so hopefully I can pick up on that and get some energy for the next game."
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; December 6th, 2017 at 10:38 PM.

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