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Four solid games in London

Vladimir Kramnik (Ray Morris-Hill from the official site)
The sixth round will be remembered for the distinct lack of winning chances in all four games. In the clash of World champions, Viswanathan Anand sacrificed the exchange for a pawn or two, against which Kramnik gave back material for activity which led to a complete decimation of the queenside and equality. Hikaru Nakamura still leads in a virtually unchanged table.

After having already lost three games, Michael Adams was clearly determined to keep things solid against Levon Aronian. In fact the game was the driest so far this week, with easy equality for Black and a totally symmetrical structure.

The pawn structure in Viswanathan Anand-Vladimir Kramnik was also rather symmetric, but here the tension was maintained due to the presence of many pieces on the board. Kramnik had an annoyingly active knight which induced the exchange sacrifice from Anand. Then Kramnik sought to activate the other knight rather than count material. The dust settled and there was complete equality.

Luke McShane tried to avoid mainstream theory with an early kingside fianchetto against the Sicilian Defence. A short tactical sequance led to all the queenside pawns being exchanged.

In the all-English tussle between David Howell and Nigel Short, a c3-Sicilian transposed to the French Defence, an opening with which Short has great experience. Howell maintained a nominally superior pawn structure, so Short pushed in the centre leading to pawn exchanges and ultimately a dead drawn endgame.

Not the most exciting round, by any means!

The sixth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 39 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0.5-0.5 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 34 Spanish Berlin
Luke McShane ENG 2671 0.5-0.5 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 31 Sicilian 3.g3
David Howell ENG 2633  0.5-0.5 Nigel Short ENG 2698 36 French Tarrasch

Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2826) sat out the sixth round whilst helping out with the live commentary.

Here is the table after six rounds (noting that some players have only played five games):

Rank Name Country Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Total

(3, 1, 0)

Total

(standard)

1 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 . . 1 11 4
2 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1 * ½ ½ ½ . . . 1 9
3 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 ½ ½ * . . ½ 1 1 . 9
4 Luke McShane ENG 2671 ½ ½ . * ½ . . 1 1 9
5 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0 ½ . ½ * . 1 ½ . 6
6 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0 . ½ . . * 1 ½ ½ 6
7 Nigel Short ENG 2698 . . 0 . 0 0 * 1 ½ 4
8 Michael Adams ENG 2734 . . 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 3
9 David Howell ENG 2633 0 0 . 0 . ½ ½ ½ * 3

Further statistics:

Position

Name

Country

Rating

(1/11/2011)

World Ranking

(1/11/2011)

Age

Games

played

Points

1

Hikaru Nakamura

USA 2758 10 24 6 11
2

Magnus Carlsen

NOR

2826

1

21

5 9
3-4

Luke McShane 

ENG 2671 74 27 5 9
3-4

Vladimir Kramnik

RUS

2800

4

36

5 9
5-6

Levon Aronian

ARM 2802 3 29 5 6
5-6

Viswanathan Anand

IND

2811

2 41* 5 6
7

Nigel Short

ENG 2698 48 46 5 4
8-9

Michael Adams

ENG 2734 17 40 6 3
8-9

David Howell

ENG

2633

139

21

6 3

There are 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw in London.

(*Anand will be 42 on the 11th of December).

The details of the earlier rounds follow on below.

First round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 0.5-0.5 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 45 Catalan with ...dxc4
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Luke McShane ENG 2671 42 Chebanenko Slav
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 David Howell ENG 2633 40 Spanish with d3
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0.5-0.5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 49 Sicilian Najdorf

Second round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Nigel Short ENG 2698 0-1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 43 Four Knights Rubinstein
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 1-0 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 54 Queen's Gambit 3...Be7
Luke McShane ENG 2671 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 79 Spanish Neo-Archangel
David Howell ENG 2633 0.5-0.5 Michael Adams ENG 2734 35 Spanish Anti-Marshall

Third round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 1-0 Nigel Short ENG 2698 60 Queen's Indian Defence
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 41 Quiet Italian
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0-1 Luke McShane ENG 2671 61 Spanish with d3
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 David Howell ENG 2633 65 Slav Defence

Fourth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0-1 Nigel Short ENG 2698 71 French Tarrasch
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 0.5-0.5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 55 Nimzoindian with g3.
David Howell ENG 2633 0-1 Luke McShane ENG 2671 37 Scotch Opening
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0-1 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 49 King's Indian Classical Bayonnet

Fifth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 1-0 Michael Adams ENG 2734 55 Bogoljubov Defence
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 55 Chebanenko Slav
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 1-0 David Howell ENG 2633 38 English Opening
Nigel Short  ENG 2698 0-1 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 62 Sicilian Moscow Variation

The playing schedule (local time):

Rounds 1 to 3, the 3rd to 5th of December at 2pm.

Round 4 on the 6th of December at 4pm.

(Rest day on the 7th of December)

Rounds 5-8, the 8th to the 11th of December at 2pm.

Round 9 will be on the 12th of December at 12 noon.

For Los Angeles subtract eight hours.

For New York subtract five hours.

For Paris and Madrid, add one hour.

For Moscow add three hours.

For Mumbai add five-and-a-half hours.

For Sydney add eleven hours.

More information from the official site: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/classic.htm


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