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    London Chess Classic 2017

    London Chess Classic 2017

    October 8, 2017

    DATES December 1 - December 11, 2017
    LOCATION Olympia Conference Center
    FORMAT 10-Player Round Robin
    PRIZE FUND $300,000


    Magnus Carlsen • Fabiano Caruana • Sergey Karjakin • Hikaru Nakamura • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave • Viswanathan Anand • Wesley So • Ian Nepomniachtchi • Levon Aronian • Mickey Adams

    Schedule of Events


    Thursday, November 30 Pro-Biz Cup
    Friday, December 1 Round 1
    Saturday, December 2 Rest Day 1
    Sunday, December 3 Round 2
    Monday, December 4 Round 3
    Tuesday, December 5 Round 4
    Wednesday, December 6 Round 5
    Thursday, December 7 Rest Day 2
    Friday, December 8 Round 6
    Saturday, December 9 Round 7
    Sunday, December 10 Round 8
    Monday, December 11 Round 9

    London Chess Classic Prize Fund


    1st $75,000 6th $20,000
    2nd $50,000 7th $15,000
    3rd $40,000 8th $15,000
    4th $30,000 9th $15,000
    5th $25,000 10th $15,000
    Total Prize Fund $300,000

    Grand Chess Tour: Art of Chess 2017

    The Grand Chess Tour will be complemented this year by a traveling exhibition of chess-related art and artifacts from the Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield Collection and the permanent collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame. Spectators can view the exhibit November 29-December 11 at the Olympia Conference Center.

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    London Chess Classic 2017

    November 8, 2017

    Classic Pairings and Schedule

    Round 1
    Friday 1 Dec, 14.00-21.00
    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Levon Aronian
    Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana
    Mickey Adams - Sergey Karjakin
    Hikaru Nakamura - Vishy Anand
    Wesley So - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

    Rest Day 1
    Saturday 2 Dec

    Round 2
    Sunday 3 Dec, 14.00-21.00
    Wesley So - Ian Nepomniachtchi
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Hikaru Nakamura
    Vishy Anand - Mickey Adams
    Sergey Karjakin - Magnus Carlsen
    Fabiano Caruana - Levon Aronian

    Round 3
    Monday 4 Dec, 16.00-23.00
    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Fabiano Caruana
    Levon Aronian - Sergey Karjakin
    Magnus Carlsen - Vishy Anand
    Mickey Adams - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Hikaru Nakamura - Wesley So

    Round 4
    Tuesday 5 Dec, 16.00-23.00
    Hikaru Nakamura - Ian Nepomniachtchi
    Wesley So - Mickey Adams
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Magnus Carlsen
    Vishy Anand - Levon Aronian
    Sergey Karjakin - Fabiano Caruana

    Round 5
    Wednesday 6 Dec, 16.00-23.00
    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Sergey Karjakin
    Fabiano Caruana - Vishy Anand
    Levon Aronian - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Magnus Carlsen - Wesley So
    Mickey Adams - Hikaru Nakamura

    Rest Day 2
    Thursday 7 Dec

    Round 6
    Friday 8 Dec, 16.00-23.00
    Mickey Adams - Ian Nepomniachtchi
    Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen
    Wesley So - Levon Aronian
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Fabiano Caruana
    Vishy Anand - Sergey Karjakin

    Round 7
    Saturday 9 Dec, 14.00-21.00
    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Vishy Anand
    Sergey Karjakin - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Fabiano Caruana - Wesley So
    Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura
    Magnus Carlsen - Mickey Adams

    Round 8
    Sunday 10 Dec, 14.00-21.00
    Magnus Carlsen - Ian Nepomniachtchi
    Mickey Adams - Levon Aronian
    Hikaru Nakamura - Fabiano Caruana
    Wesley So - Sergey Karjakin
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Vishy Anand

    Round 9
    Monday 11 Dec, 12.00-21.00
    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Vishy Anand - Wesley So
    Sergey Karjakin - Hikaru Nakamura
    Fabiano Caruana - Mickey Adams
    Levon Aronian - Magnus Carlsen

    14:00 London time is 9:00 AM Toronto/Montreal time

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    London Chess Classic 2017

    November 28, 2017

    Round One of the London Classic starts on December 1.

    Normally, one would be talking about the arrival of the players. But, there is a story about Tania Sachdev in The Telegraph:

    She’s in London to work as a commentator for the Chess Classic, a star-studded event that kicks off at Google’s DeepMind HQ on 1 December and continues at Olympia. The event features prize money of £228,000 and will bring the year’s Grand Chess Tour to a conclusion. Among those playing will be the prodigiously talented Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who became a Grandmaster aged 13 and World Champion in 2013 at just 22 (he is also a sometime model).

    Now, I wouldn’t comment on what a player was wearing unless it was Kovalyov’s shorts or the hijabs at the Iran WWCC tournament, but Tania is also a model and they have two fashion photos in the article.

    These are the captions:

    Tania Sachdev wears: Dress, £3,920, Bottega Veneta (; heels, £495, Manolo Blahnik (; earrings, £360, Racil ( CREDIT: KATE PETERS

    Tania Sachdev wears: Dress, £1,679, and pumps, £618, both Givenchy (; earrings, £224, Oscar de la Renta ( CREDIT: KATE PETERS

    I make the cost of those two outfits to be

    1) £4775 ($ CA 8180)

    2) £2521 ($ CA 4320)

    I’ll be looking forward to a fresh face on the commentating team!

    Tania Sachdev will be a commentator during the online broadcast of the London Chess Classic (1-11 December 2017;

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    London Chess Classic 2017

    December 1, 2017

    Round One

    The commentators are Jennifer Shahade, Yasser Seirawan, Cristian Chirila in St. Louis with Maurice Ashley in London. Round 1 is played at the headquarters of Google in downtown London.

    Demis Hassabis, co-founder of the leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, now part of Google’s Alpha Group, paid a visit to UCL Academy, a secondary school in Camden, London, on 8 November to talk to the academy students about Artificial Intelligence and give a simul with a difference in which the opponents could consult a computer engine during play.

    Though now more famous for his pioneering work in the field of neuroscience-inspired AI, Demis Hassabis is also a chess player of some renown, having reached a rating of 2300 aged just 13 on FIDE’s January 1990 list at a time when the only player of his age group rated higher than him was Judit Polgar. He also has a connection with UCL Academy in that he studied for his doctorate in cognitive neuro-science at University College London, which sponsors the school.

    Malcolm Pein: A big thank you to Demis Hassabis and the incredible team from Deep Mind A1 for hosting the first round of London Chess and for Garry Kasparov for being our guest of honour.

    Olimpiu G Urcan tweeted an indirect knock at World Chess and Agon:

    In regard to the opening round of London Chess, this is where top-level chess really belongs. On the frontline of A1 research and innovation, not promoting fertilizer.

    Wesley So on playing in Google Headquarters: “They have great food…and I have heard they have the best WiFi in the world”

    A photograph of Wesley’s So’s shoes is circulating. They are high-ankle blue suede with shiny brown leather inserts. I have been on the lookout for Tania Sachdev and her Manolo Blahnik high heels, but nothing so far.

    The games:

    Carlsen had the better game against Caruana but could not pull off a win.

    London Chess Classic
    Round 1, Dec. 1
    Carlsen, Magnus – Caruana, Fabiano
    D27 QGA, Classical

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 c5 6.O-O a6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.Nc3 b6 9.e4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bb7 11.Be3 Bc5 12.f3 O-O 13.Qe1 Rc8 14.Qf2 b5 15.Rac1 Qe7 16.a4 bxa4 17.Nxa4 Bd6 18.Nb3 Bc6 19.Nc3 Rb8 20.Na5 Ba8 21.Nc4 Bc5 22.Rfd1 Rfc8 23.Na4 Bxe3 24.Qxe3 Qb4 25.Qa3 h6 26.Kf1 g5 27.Rc3 a5 28.Qxb4 axb4 29.Rcc1 Kf8 30.Na5 Ke7 31.Kf2 Rxc1 32.Rxc1 Ne8 33.Ke3 Nd6 34.Nc5 Rc8 35.Nab3 f5 36.Nxd7 Rxc1 37.Nxc1 Kxd7 38.Nd3 fxe4 39.fxe4 Ke7 40.e5 Nf5+ 41.Kf2 Nd4 42.Bd1 b3 43.Nb4 Bd5 44.g3 Bc4 45.Ke3 Nf5+ 46.Ke4 Kd7 47.g4 Ne7 48.Kd4 Bf1 49.Bxb3 Be2 50.h3 Bf1 51.Nd3 Nc6+ 52.Kc5 Bxd3 53.Ba4 Be4 54.Kb6 Bd5 1/2-1/2

    Round 1, Dec. 1
    Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Aronian, Lev
    C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a3 O-O 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Bxd4 exd4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Rc8 14.Bc6 Bf6 15.a4 Bd7 16.Bxd7 Qxd7 17.Qd2 Rfe8 18.Rfe1 h6 19.axb5 axb5 20.Ra6 c5 21.h3 c4 22.Qb4 Qb7 23.Rea1 cxd3 24.cxd3 d5 25.Ra7 Qc6 26.R7a6 Qb7 27.Ra7 Qc6 28.R7a6 1/2-1/2

    Round 1, Dec. 1
    So, Wesley – MVL
    A04 Reti Opening

    1.Nf3 c5 2.b3 b6 3.Bb2 Bb7 4.c4 Nf6 5.g3 e6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.Nc3 O-O 8.d4 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.dxc5 Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Qxd1+ 12.Rxd1 Bxc5 13.O-O Rc8 14.Bb2 a5 15.a3 Bf8 16.Rc1 Nd7 17.Nd2 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 b5 19.Rfd1 Nc5 20.Bd4 f6 21.Bxc5 Rxc5 22.Rxc5 Bxc5 23.Nb1 Be7 24.Rc1 Rd8 25.Kf1 Kf7 26.Ke1 Ke8 27.Rc6 Rd6 28.Rc8+ Rd8 29.Rc6 Rd6 30.Rc8+ Rd8 31.Rc6 1/2-1/2

    Round 1, Dec. 1
    Adams, Michael – Karjakin, Sergey
    A13 English, Neo-Catalan open

    1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Qxc4 a6 7.Qc2 c5 8.Nc3 Qc7 9.d4 b6 10.Bf4 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.O-O Bb7 13.Rfd1 O-O 14.e4 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Qc7 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.Qd2 Qb8 18.Qe2 b5 19.a3 g6 20.Qe3 Rfd8 21.h3 Ba8 22.Nde2 Kg7 23.b3 h5 24.Rd2 Qb6 25.Qxb6 Nxb6 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.e5 Nfd7 28.Bxa8 Rxa8 29.f4 Nc5 30.Nd4 Rd8 1/2-1/2

    Maurice Ashley thought the Nakamura-Anand game the best game of the round for its complications and excitement:

    Round 1, Dec. 1
    Nakamura, Hikaru – Anand, Viswanathan
    A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c5 4.O-O g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Nb3 Nc6 8.Nc3 e6 9.e4 d4 10.Na4 O-O 11.c3 dxc3 12.Nxc3 e5 13.Be3 Bg4 14.f3 Be6 15.Nc5 Qe7 16.Nxe6 Qxe6 17.Qd2 Rfd8 18.Qf2 Bf8 19.h3 Bb4 20.Rac1 Rd3 21.Rfd1 Rad8 22.Rxd3 Rxd3 23.Bf1 Rd8 24.a3 Be7 25.g4 Kg7 26.Kh2 h6 27.h4 Nd4 28.g5 hxg5 29.hxg5 Nh7 30.Bh3 Qb3 31.f4 Nc6 32.Nd5 exf4 33.Bxf4 Bxg5 34.Bxg5 Nxg5 35.Qf6+ Kh6 36.Bg2 Nh7 37.Qxf7 Rf8 38.Qc7 Qxb2 39.Rh1 Qf2 40.Kh3 Rf7 41.Qg3 Qb2 42.Ne3 Nf6 43.Bf3 Kh7 44.Nf5 1/2-1/2

    Tomorrow is a rest day with no play

    Official Recap

    2017 London Chess Classic Recap - Round 1

    by Tatev Abrahamyan

    It was a peaceful day at the Google Headquarters in London, which hosted round one of the London Chess Classic. The day started slowly with three symmetrical positions out of the opening. It seemed that the only game that had any promise of producing a decisive result was the battle between Carlsen and Caruana until the game between Anand and Nakamura steered itself toward murkier waters. Unfortunately, neither Carlsen nor Anand were able to drive the full point home and now all the players have equal points. It is very unusual to have a rest day after round one, but the games will resume on Sunday at the usual location of the Olympia Conference Center.

    Ian Nepomniachtchi – Levon Aronian ½-½

    Aronian repeated the opening he played against Vachier-Lagrave during the World Cup in September which resulted in a loss. As Levon put it himself, he likes to play something that has brought him unhappiness in the past, for he likes to prove that his play was the culprit, not the opening itself. His approach seemed to work out as Nepomniachtchi was not able to put significant pressure on his opponent, ending the game in a draw by repetition.

    Wesley So – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

    The American surprised his opponent in the opening by playing an anti-theoretical quiet system. Of course, the downside of playing in such a manner can be the inability to pose any realistic problems for the opponent to solve. The Frenchman equalized without any problems and the position remained symmetrical throughout the game. The players agreed to a draw in the endgame once they reached the 30-move draw requirement.

    Michael Adams – Sergey Karjakin ½-½

    Adams gained the upper hand out of the opening but lost the thread of the game. He felt that he had the wrong set up and his position was going nowhere as he kept shuffling his queen around. At the end, he pulled himself together and played a few accurate moves to reach completely equality and draw the game.

    Hikaru Nakamura – Viswanathan Anand ½-½

    This was the game of missed opportunities. Nakamura had the better position but pushed too hard and found himself defending his weakened king. Anand did not play the most precise way and suddenly both kings were in provocative positions. Nakamura offered a draw in a complicated position. Anand regretted agreeing to a draw quickly instead of spending twenty minutes to calculate all the intricacies of the position but felt that the draw was still a good result.
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    London Chess Classic 2017

    December 3, 2017

    Round Two

    The games:

    London Classic 2017
    Round 2, Dec. 3
    Karjakin, Sergey – Carlsen, Magnus
    C50 Giuoco Piano

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Re1 h6 9.Nbd2 g5 10.b4 Nh5 11.Nb3 g4 12.b5 gxf3 13.Qxf3 Qf6 14.Qxf6 Nxf6 15.bxc6 bxc6 16.d4 Be6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Be3 exd4 19.Bxd4 e5 20.Bxa7 Rxa7 21.Na5 Kd7 22.Rab1 Raa8 23.f3 Rab8 24.Kf2 h5 25.h4 Rhf8 26.Ke3 Rg8 27.Kf2 Rgf8 28.Ke3 Rg8 29.Kf2 Rgf8 30.Ke3 1/2-1/2

    Round 2, Dec. 3
    MVL – Nakamura, Hikaru
    B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack

    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.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 h5 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.O-O-O Ne5 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.Kb1 Re8 15.g4 hxg4 16.f4 Nc4 17.Qd3 Na5 18.Bxf6 exf6 19.Bd5 Nc6 20.Nxc6 bxc6 21.Bxf7+ Kxf7 22.Qxd6 Rxc3 23.Qxd7+ Qxd7 24.Rxd7+ Ke6 25.Rxg7 Rf3 26.Rxg6 Rxf4 27.Rg1 Rxe4 28.R6xg4 Rxg4 29.Rxg4 f5 30.Ra4 Rg8 31.b3 Rg4 32.Rxa7 f4 33.Kc1 f3 34.Kd2 Rxh4 35.Ra8 Rh2+ 36.Kd3 Kf5 37.a4 Kg4 38.a5 Rh1 39.Rg8+ Kf4 40.Rf8+ Kg3 41.Rg8+ Kf4 42.Rf8+ Kg3 43.b4 f2 44.Kd4 f1=Q 45.Rxf1 Rxf1 46.Kc5 Rc1 47.Kxc6 1/2-1/2

    Position after White’s 17th move

    Hikaru spent 55 minutes on his 17th move.

    Mikhail Golubev – Glad that Hikaru went for the Dragon vs MVL but wonder why he hasn’t played 17…Qc8, which, by the way, scored well for Black in practice (like 4.5/5)

    Round 2, Dec. 3
    Caruana, Fabiano – Aronian, Levon
    C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a3 O-O 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Bxd4 exd4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Rc8 14.Bc6 Bf6 15.a4 Rb8 16.h3 Be6 17.axb5 axb5 18.Qd2 Rb6 19.Bd5 Bxd5 20.exd5 b4 21.b3 Rb5 22.Ra4 Qb8 23.Re1 Qb6 24.Re4 Qc5 25.g4 g6 26.Kg2 Bg7 27.Re7 Bf6 28.Re4 Bg7 29.Re7 Bf6 30.Re2 Bg7 31.Re7 1/2-1/2

    Round 2, Dec. 3
    So, Wesley – Nepomniachtchi, Ian
    E60 King’s Indian Defence

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d6 4.e4 e5 5.Ne2 c5 6.d5 Nbd7 7.Nbc3 a6 8.a4 Nh5 9.g3 Bg7 10.h4 f5 11.exf5 gxf5 12.g4 fxg4 13.fxg4 Nf4 14.g5 O-O 15.Ne4 Nb6 16.N2g3 Bd7 17.Rg1 Kh8 18.Bd2 Nc8 19.Nh5 Bf5 20.Neg3 Qd7 21.Nxg7 Qxg7 22.Nxf5 Rxf5 23.Qb3 Na7 24.Qb6 Nc8 25.Qb3 Na7 26.Qb6 Nc8 27.Qb3 1/2-1/2

    Round 2, Dec. 3
    Anand, Viswanathan – Adams, Michael
    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.Bc4 Qd8 9.b4 Be7 10.Nbd2 Bf5 11.Qc2 a6 12.a4 Qd7 13.Bb2 Bd6 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.dxe4 Be6 16.Be2 f6 17.a5 Rfd8 18.Bc1 Qf7 19.Be3 Bf8 20.Rfb1 Bc4 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.Nd2 Qe6 23.Kf1 Na7 24.Bxa7 Rxa7 25.Qa2 Kf7 26.Ke2 Raa8 27.Qxe6+ Kxe6 28.Nc4 c6 29.Nb6 Rab8 30.Rd1 c5 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Nd5 cxb4 33.cxb4 Rc8 34.Kd3 f5 35.f3 Bd6 36.Rb1 h5 37.Ne3 g6 38.b5 fxe4+ 39.fxe4 Bc7 40.Nd5 Bxa5 41.Ra1 Bd8 42.bxa6 bxa6 43.Rxa6+ Kf7 44.Ra7+ Ke8 45.Rh7 Rc6 46.g3 Rc1 47.Rh8+ Kd7 48.Rh7+ 1/2-1/2

    Peter Dogger’s report in

    After two days the fans are still awaiting the first decisive game at the London Chess Classic. However, among the five draws in Sunday's second round was a sharp and highly entertaining Sicilian Dragon between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura.

    "Everyone's sharp, everyone's well-prepared" said Vachier-Lagrave about the fact that the first 10 games in London ended in draws. It's a draw fest so far, but to call it an uninteresting tournament would be highly exaggerated. This round, So vs Nepomniachtchi and MVL vs Nakamura were great fights.

    With the tournament returning to its traditional venue, the Olympia Convention Center on Hammersmith Road, the game of the day was that Dragon Sicilian between MVL and Nakamura. This line, potentially one of the sharpest opening variations in the whole spectrum of theory, is not very common at top level but will always remain popular at club level because of the abundance of mutual attacks and pretty sacrifices.

    Afterward Nakamura revealed that he had prepared it for his game with Vachier-Lagrave two weeks ago at the Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix: "I was gonna play this against Maxime in Palma and I was gonna win or I was gonna lose. Either I was gonna take the lead in the tournament or he was gonna qualify for the Candidates', that was my attitude."

    In Palma he didn't get the chance because the French GM went for 3.Bb5+. Today, Nakamura figured "why not use it."
    It didn't come as a complete surprise to MVL, who nonetheless lamented his lack of proper study. But, the principled player that he is, Vachier-Lagrave didn't shy away from the main line and then it was Nakamura who took the first long thought, on move 17.

    After more than 50 minutes the American player went for 17...Na5, which was virtually a novelty. "I was trying to figure out the different variations. I just couldn't remember the lines." He had some worries about the (theoretical) move 17...Qc8.

    MVL admitted that he "made a couple of miscalculations" which included taking on c6, which took Nakamura "totally by surprise." Still, the endgame was tougher to defend than it seemed, and Naka was happy with his accurate play in the ending.

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    London Chess Classic 2017

    December 4, 2017

    Round Three

    The games:

    Round 3, Dec. 4
    Carlsen, Magnus – Anand, Vishy
    E04 Catalan, open

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Nf3 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.Na3 cxd4 8.Nxc4 Bc5 9.b3 Qe7 10.Nfe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Nd7 12.Bf4 O-O 13.Rc1 Rd8 14.Nd3 Bb6 15.Bc7 Re8 16.Qc2 e5 17.Rfd1 Nf8 18.a4 Bg4 19.Bxb6 axb6 20.h3 Rac8 21.Qd2 Be6 22.Nxe5 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Bxb3 24.Nf3 Bxa4 25.Nxd4 Ne6 26.Nf5 Qf6 27.Ne3 Qd4 28.Qa2 Nc5 29.Rc4 Bb3 30.Rxd4 Bxa2 31.Rb4 Re6 1/2-1/2

    Round 3, Dec. 4
    Nakamura, Hikaru – So, Wesley
    B44 English, Sicilian Szen

    1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.e4 Bb4 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 e5 9.O-O O-O 10.Be3 d5 11.exd5 Bxc3 12.bxc3 cxd5 13.Bg5 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Qc7 15.Bxf6 Qxc4 16.Bxe5 Bf5 17.Bd4 Rfe8 18.Qc1 h6 19.Qf4 Bg6 20.Qg3 Kh7 21.h4 f6 22.Rfd1 Re7 23.Rd2 Rae8 24.f3 Re2 25.Rxe2 Rxe2 26.a3 Qb3 27.Re1 Rxe1+ 28.Qxe1 Qxa3 29.c4 Qd3 30.Bxa7 Qxc4 31.Bf2 1/2-1/2

    Round 3, Dec. 4
    Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Caruana, Fabiano
    A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack, Pachman System

    1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O e5 5.d3 Ne7 6.e4 O-O 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Re1 Nc6 9.Nc3 Nde7 10.Rb1 a5 11.a3 Re8 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4 Nf5 14.b5 Ncd4 15.Nd2 Ra7 16.Nde4 h6 17.Nd5 Ra5 18.c4 c6 19.bxc6 bxc6 20.Nb6 Qc7 21.Bd2 Ra2 22.Nc3 Ra6 23.Nxc8 Rxc8 24.Ne2 Nxe2+ 25.Rxe2 Nd4 26.Re1 Rd8 27.Bc3 Ra2 28.Ra1 Rxa1 29.Bxa1 Qb6 30.Qa4 Nb3 31.Be4 1/2-1/2

    Round 3, Dec. 4
    Adams, Michael – MVL
    B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.a4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 Qa5 7.Ra3 e6 8.O-O Be7 9.Re1 O-O 10.d3 Qc7 11.a5 b5 12.axb6 Nxb6 13.e5 dxe5 14.Nxe5 Bd6 15.Bf4 Nxc4 16.dxc4 Bb7 17.Bg3 Rad8 18.Qe2 Rfe8 19.Raa1 Ne4 20.Nxe4 Bxe5 21.Qh5 Bxg3 22.hxg3 Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Qb7 24.Ree1 Qxb2 25.Qxc5 Rc8 26.Qa3 Qxa3 27.Rxa3 Rxc4 28.Rxa6 Rxc2 29.g4 Rb8 30.Rea1 Rcc8 31.Ra7 g6 32.Kh2 Rc4 33.R1a4 Rxa4 34.Rxa4 Rb5 35.Kg3 Kg7 36.Ra7 h5 37.gxh5 Rxh5 38.Kf3 Rf5+ 39.Ke3 Rb5 40.g4 Rb3+ 41.Kf4 Rb4+ 42.Kg3 g5 43.f3 Kg6 44.Rc7 Rb6 45.Ra7 Rd6 46.Rc7 f5 47.gxf5+ exf5 48.Rc2 Rd3 49.Kf2 Ra3 50.Rb2 Kh5 51.Kg2 Kh4 52.Rb4+ f4 53.Rb2 g4 54.fxg4 Kxg4 55.Kf2 Rh3 56.Kg2 f3+ 57.Kg1 Kg3 58.Rg2+ fxg2 1/2-1/2

    Round 3, Dec. 4
    Aronian, Levon – Karjakin, Sergey
    E00 Queen’s Pawn game

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Be7 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nf3 O-O 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Na3 c6 9.Rc1 Ne4 10.Be3 f5 11.Rc2 a5 12.Qc1 Bf6 13.Rd1 g5 14.Nb1 Rf7 15.Nc3 Rg7 16.Ne1 Nd6 17.b3 dxc4 18.Na4 cxb3 19.axb3 Nb5 20.Nd3 Qe8 21.Ne5 f4 22.gxf4 gxf4 23.Bxf4 Nxd4 24.Rxd4 Nxe5 25.Rd1 Qg6 26.Bg3 h5 27.Nb6 Rb8 28.Rcd2 Nf7 29.Qc5 e5 30.Qc4 Kh8 31.h4 Bf5 32.Nd7 Rbg8 33.Kh1 1/2-1/2

    Position after White’s offer of a draw

    When the draw offer was made, Aronian's clock was at 03.19 and Karjakin's at 01.30. When the latter accepted, it had gone down to 0.46

    The third round with all draws. What would happen if all nine rounds had draws? Then you would have ten people all tied for first. The regs:

    4. Where there is a tie for first place in an Event, there shall be a playoff between the top two players in the Event standings, which shall be determined as follows:

    4.1. Number of games won by each of the players involved in the tie.

    4.2. The results of the games between or amongst the players in the tie.

    4.3. If more than two players remain tied for first place after the application of Regulations 4.1 and 4.2 above, there shall not be a playoff and the Grand Chess Tour Points shall be shared amongst all players involved in the tie.

    4.4. If two or more players remain tied for second place after the application of Regulations 4.1 and 4.2 above, there shall not be a playoff. The player in first place after the application of Regulations 4.1 and 4.2 above shall be declared the winner of the event and Regulation 5 below shall apply.

    Tweets near the end of the round:

    Chess24 – Potential non-draw alert! Objectively Karjakin is now beating Aronian.

    Chess24 – There was no cheating destiny: Karjakin accepts the draw in a winning position as he’d run out of time! 15 draws in 15

    Mark Crowther – I know from my own experience that the move accompanying a draw offer can often be quite bad. Even if the position was drawish before the move.

    Anish Giri – LOL

    Jon Ludvig Hammer – Levon and I agree on that – in fact we talked about it at the Palma closing ceremony, just a week ago. Levon adamantly said he never offers draws and leaves the draw offering to opponents, but I suppose he makes an exception for losing positions!

    - That doesn’t make any sense to me. I would think that Karjakin has a decisive advantage after Kh1!

    - White’s b-pawn falls soon. I just don’t see how white is going to stop the advance of black’s three queenside pawns!

    - To, me, even if you don't see Be7, it makes sense to play on, as I certainly would in my own games. I can't know what I'd do in Karjakin's place.

    From the diagram above, a possible line:

    33. ..Be7 34.e4 Bxd7 35.Rxd7 Bh4 36.Qc3 Bxg3 etc.
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    December 5, 2017

    Round Four

    The games:

    Round 4, Dec. 5
    MVL – Carlsen, Magnus
    C54 Giuoco Piano

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 Ne7 8.d4 Bb6 9.a4 c6 10.dxe5 Ng4 11.Rf1 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Bxd8 13.h3 Nf6 14.Nxe5 Nxe4 15.Re1 Nd6 16.Bb3 Re8 17.Nf3 Nd5 18.Rd1 Ne4 19.Bxd5 cxd5 20.Rxd5 Be6 21.Re5 Nf6 22.Re1 Bc7 23.Na3 a6 24.Nc2 Nd5 25.c4 Nf4 26.Bxf4 Bxf4 27.b3 Rad8 28.Rad1 Kf8 29.Nb4 Bc7 30.Nd3 Bf5 31.Rxe8+ Kxe8 32.Re1+ Kf8 33.Nc5 Bc8 34.Kf1 Ba5 35.Re3 Rd1+ 36.Ke2 Rb1 37.Ne4 Rb2+ 38.Kf1 Bf5 39.Nd6 Rb1+ 40.Ke2 Rb2+ 41.Kf1 Rb1+ 42.Ke2 Rb2+ 1/2-1/2

    Round 4, Dec. 5
    Anand, Vishy – Aronian, Levon
    C8 Ruy Lopez, Closed

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nbd2 Qd7 12.a4 Rae8 13.axb5 axb5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Rxe5 Nf6 16.Nf1 Bd6 17.Rxe8 Rxe8 18.Be3 Qf5 19.Qe2 Qg6 20.f3 Bd5 21.c4 Be6 22.c5 Bxb3 23.cxd6 cxd6 24.Qd2 h6 25.Bf2 Rc8 26.Ne3 Nd5 27.Nxd5 Bxd5 28.Kh2 Qg5 29.Be3 Qf5 30.Rc1 Rxc1 31.Qxc1 1/2-1/2

    Round 4, Dec. 5
    Nakamura, Hikaru – Nepomniachtchi, Ian
    B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.b3 Bd7 10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Nd5 Re8 12.c4 Nxd5 13.exd5 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 b5 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Qd4+ Kg8 17.Rfc1 Qa5 18.h4 h5 19.c5 dxc5 20.Rxc5 Rac8 21.b4 Qb6 22.Rac1 Qd6 23.f4 Ra8 24.Rc7 Rac8 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Rc5 Ra8 27.Qe5 Ra7 28.Rc3 f6 29.Qe3 Ra8 30.Qc5 Rc8 31.Qxd6 exd6 32.Rxc8+ Bxc8 1/2-1/2

    Round 4, Dec. 5
    So, Wesley – Adams, Michael
    A08 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

    1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.c4 d4 4.b4 cxb4 5.a3 bxa3 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Bxa3 e5 8.Bxf8 Kxf8 9.d3 g6 10.O-O Kg7 11.Nbd2 Nf6 12.Qb3 h6 13.Qb2 Re8 14.Ra3 Re7 15.e3 dxe3 16.fxe3 Bg4 17.d4 Bxf3 18.Nxf3 exd4 19.exd4 Qd6 20.d5 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Qxe5 22.Qxe5 Rxe5 23.d6 Rd8 24.Rxa7 Rxd6 25.Rxb7 Rd7 26.Rb6 Ng4 27.Bh3 h5 28.Bxg4 hxg4 29.Rb2 Rc5 30.Rc2 Rd4 31.Rf4 Rxf4 1/2-1/2

    The game of the round and the only win

    Round 4, Dec. 5
    Karjakin, Sergey – Caruana, Fabiano
    B48 Sicilian, Taimanov variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3 Ne5 8.Qg3 b5 9.O-O-O Nf6 10.f4 Neg4 11.Bg1 h5 12.e5 b4 13.Na4 Nd5 14.Nb3 Bb7 15.Nac5 Bc6 16.Ne4 f5 17.h3 h4 18.Qe1 fxe4 19.hxg4 Nxf4 20.Rxh4 Rxh4 21.Qxh4 Qxe5 22.Bd4 Ng6 23.Qh3 Qg5+ 24.Kb1 Bd5 25.Bg1 Be7 26.g3 Ne5 27.Be2 Nf3 28.Bxf3 exf3 29.Bd4 Kf7 30.Nc1 d6 31.Nd3 e5 32.Bf2 Be6 33.Nxb4 e4 34.Qh1 Rc8 35.Nxa6 Qa5 36.Qh5+ Qxh5 37.gxh5 Bg5 38.Re1 Bc4 39.Nb4 Re8 40.Re3 Bxe3 41.Bxe3 Re5 42.g4 Rg5 0-1

    Cristian said that the early b5 in the Taimanov was played earlier this year by the Polish player Jan-Krzysztof Duda and a month later Fabi was playing it. Duda is a young player, and one with overwhelming confidence. He already has a rating of 2710. He was born in April 1998 and received his grandmaster title in 2013 at the age of 15 years and 21 days.

    Fabi now leads the tournament. Poor Sergey said that yesterday he missed a win and today, lost and so now he is at the bottom of the tournament.

    Fabi meets Vishy Anand tomorrow.

    He had a good lifetime score against him but has lost twice in 2017 - at Altibox Norway and in the Sinquefield Cup. So, tomorrow’s encounter should be interesting.

    Sergey meets Ian.

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    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."
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    London Chess Classic 2017

    December 8, 2017

    Round Six

    The games:

    Round 6, Dec. 8
    MVL – Caruana, Fabiano
    C42 Petrov, Classical Attack, Marshall variation

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.c4 c6 9.Re1 Bf5 10.Qb3 Qd7 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.Bxf5 Qxf5 13.Qxb7 Qd7 14.Qxd7 Nxd7 15.c5 Bxh2+ 16.Nxh2 Ne4 17.f3 Ng3 18.Bf4 Nf5 19.Rad1 Rfe8 20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.g4 Ne7 22.Rd3 Nf8 23.Rb3 Ne6 24.Be3 Ng6 25.Kf2 Ngf4 26.Rb7 Kf8 27.Nf1 Re7 28.Rb8+ Re8 29.Rb7 Re7 30.Rb8+ Re8 31.Rxe8+ Kxe8 32.Bxf4 Nxf4 33.Ke3 Ng2+ 34.Kf2 Nf4 35.Ke3 Ng2+ 36.Kf2 Nf4 1/2-1/2

    Round 6, Dec. 8
    So, Wesley – Aronian, Levon
    C88 Ruy Lopez, Closed, anti-Marshall

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.a4 b4 9.d4 d6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nbd2 Bc5 12.a5 Be6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Qe2 Ng4 15.Rf1 Bxf2+ 16.Rxf2 Nd4 17.Qc4 Nxf2 18.Kxf2 Qh4+ 19.Kg1 Qg4 20.h3 Qg3 21.Qd3 Rxf3 22.Nxf3 Rf8 23.Nxd4 Qe1+ 24.Kh2 Rf1 25.Qxf1 Qxf1 26.Nf3 c5 27.b3 Qd1 28.Bb2 Qxc2 29.Bxe5 Qxb3 30.Rf1 h6 31.Rf2 c4 32.Rd2 c3 33.Rd8+ Kf7 34.Rc8 Qb1 35.Rc7+ Ke8 36.Rc8+ Kf7 37.Rc7+ Ke8 38.Rc8+ 1/2-1/2

    Round 6, Dec. 8
    Adams, Michael – Nepomniachtchi, Ian
    B90 Sicilian, Najdorf

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Qd2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Be6 12.a5 Rc8 13.Rfd1 Qc7 14.h3 Rfe8 15.Ra3 Nd7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Qd4+ Kg8 18.Rd2 Qc5 19.Qxc5 Rxc5 20.Nd5 Bxd5 21.exd5 b5 22.axb6 Nxb6 23.Rxa6 Nxd5 24.c3 Nc7 25.Rb6 d5 26.Rb7 e6 27.Rd3 Na8 28.Rd4 Rc7 29.Rdb4 Kg7 30.f4 Ree7 31.Rxc7 Rxc7 32.Rb8 Ra7 33.b4 Nc7 34.b5 Ra8 35.Rb7 Ne8 36.c4 Nd6 37.Rc7 dxc4 38.Bxc4 Ra1+ 39.Kf2 Rc1 40.b6 Nxc4 41.b7 Rb1 42.Rxc4 Rxb7 43.Ra4 h6 44.Ra5 Rb2+ 45.Kf3 Rb3+ 46.Kf2 Rd3 47.h4 Rd5 48.Ra7 g5 49.hxg5 hxg5 50.fxg5 Rxg5 51.g3 Kg6 52.Kf3 Rf5+ 53.Kg2 Rb5 54.Re7 e5 55.Kf2 f6 56.Re8 Kf5 57.Rf8 Rb3 58.Kg2 Rb2+ 59.Kf3 Rb3+ 60.Kg2 Ke6 61.Kf2 Ra3 62.Re8+ Kf5 63.Rf8 Ra7 64.Kf3 Rg7 65.Re8 Kg5 66.Re6 Rg8 67.Re7 Kf5 68.Rh7 Ra8 69.Rh5+ Kg6 70.Rh4 f5 71.Rb4 Kg5 72.Rb7 e4+ 73.Ke3 Ra3+ 74.Kf2 Ra2+ 75.Ke3 Kg4 76.Rg7+ Kh3 77.Rg5 Ra3+ 78.Kf2 Rf3+ 79.Ke1 Kg2 80.Ke2 Rf2+ 81.Ke3 Kf1 82.g4 Rf3+ 83.Kd4 e3 84.Rxf5 Rxf5 85.Kxe3 Rf8 0-1

    Round 6, Dec. 8
    Anand, Vishy – Karjakin, Sergey
    A18 English, Mikenas-Carls, Flohr variation

    1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.Nf3 e5 8.d4 Nc6 9.Bg5 Qg6 10.d5 Nb8 11.h4 h6 12.h5 Qa6 13.Be3 Nd7 14.Bd3 Ba3 15.O-O Qd6 16.Nh4 O-O 17.Nf5 Qf6 18.Ng3 Qh4 19.Nf5 Qf6 20.Ng3 Qh4 1/2-1/2

    The game of the round. The commentators were all predicting a win for Hikaru and then, that fatal 59.Rxf5

    Round 6, Dec. 8
    Nakamura, Hikaru – Carlsen, Magnus
    C45 Scotch, Mieses variation, main line

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.h4 Bb7 9.c4 Nb6 10.Rh3 Qe6 11.f4 O-O-O 12.a4 d5 13.a5 Nxc4 14.b3 Bb4+ 15.Kf2 Nxa5 16.Bd2 c5 17.Rxa5 Bxa5 18.Bxa5 Qf5 19.Nc3 Qxf4+ 20.Kg1 Rhe8 21.Nb5 a6 22.Rf3 Qxe5 23.Qxe5 Rxe5 24.Bxc7 Ree8 25.Bxd8 Rxd8 26.Na3 Rd7 27.Bd3 Kd8 28.Bxh7 g6 29.h5 gxh5 30.Rf6 Ke7 31.Rb6 Rc7 32.Nc2 a5 33.Ne3 c4 34.Bc2 Bc6 35.bxc4 dxc4 36.Ra6 a4 37.Bxa4 Be4 38.Ra5 Ke6 39.Rxh5 c3 40.Bb3+ Kd6 41.Bc2 Bxc2 42.Nxc2 Ke6 43.Kf2 f5 44.Rh3 Ke5 45.Rd3 Kf4 46.Rd4+ Kg5 47.Kf3 Rc8 48.Ra4 Rc7 49.Ra8 Kf6 50.Ra6+ Kg5 51.Nd4 Rc4 52.Ne6+ Kf6 53.Nf4+ Ke5 54.Nd3+ Kd5 55.Ra2 Kd4 56.Nc1 c2 57.Ra5 Rc3+ 58.Kf4 Rc8 59.Rxf5 Re8 60.Rf7 Re1 61.Rd7+ Kc3 62.Rc7+ Kd2 63.Nb3+ Kd3 64.Nc5+ Kd4 65.Nb3+ Kd3 66.Nc5+ Kd4 67.Nb3+ Kd3 68.g4 Rf1+ 69.Kg5 Rb1 70.Nc5+ Ke3 71.Nb3 Kd3 72.Nc5+ Ke3 73.Nb3 1/2-1/2

    Position after Black’s Move 58….Rc8

    59...Re8 was the only drawing move. Carlsen found it.

    Peter Doggers has a full analysis of the Nakamura-Carlsen game at:

    A bit of his commentary:

    Hikaru Nakamura had Magnus Carlsen on the ropes today, but failed to deliver. The only winner in round six of the London Chess Classic was Ian Nepomniachtchi, who beat Michael Adams.

    Nakamura not winning his game was bad news for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who otherwise would have become the virtual leader of the Grand Chess Tour with three rounds to go.

    Nakamura made it an exciting game from the very start by playing 8.h4, revived by Alexander Morozevich in recent years but originally invented by the creative Dutch grandmaster John van der Wiel.

    Carlsen was slightly worse in an endgame where he had three pawns for a piece, and even more so when he lost two of the three. It was objectively lost at some point, but despite suffering from a nasty cold today, the world champ managed to survive.

    The game ended with a rare scene for the world champion: he stopped the clock, called the arbiter and claimed a draw as the same position was about to appear for the third time. The game had in fact seen a threefold repetition earlier as well.

    Standings after Round Six

    1 Caruana 4.0
    2 Nepomniachtchi 3.5
    3-7 Carlsen, Aronian, MVL, So, Nakamura 3.0
    8-10 Anand, Karjakin, Adams 2.5

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    I was sympathizing with Mickey Adams today for having to play Magnus as black after losing (though I could hardly imagine). However I looked at his game and discovered that he had a large juicy position in the middlegame. What a great player and class act! However now I notice that he is losing in the later stages. Congratulations to Magnus for being such a great fighter.

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