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McShane up with Carlsen

Luke McShane
There were three black wins in round four. Luke McShane won his second game of the campaign, and this has given him the chance to share the lead with Magnus Carlsen. Behind this pair is Hikaru Nakamura who beat World Champion Viswanathan Anand, and finally Nigel Short opened his account with a victory over Michael Adams.

David Howell had the bishop pair, but Luke McShane held firm. Later, towards the time control, Howell badly miscalculated and McShane was able to grab a pawn. Howell's queen sacrifice in order to mix matters didn't impress the cool McShane.

Although Viswanathan Anand seemed to be making great progress on the queenside, Hikaru Nakamura managed to keep his position afloat and eventually create kingside counterplay. An exchange sacrifice by the American gave him dangerous threats, which Anand couldn't cope with, despite returning material.

Magnus Carlsen opted for a small pull with opposite bishops. Despite later winning a pawn due to his active king, Carlsen was unable to win with Kramnik defending well.

For much of the game Nigel Short had a positional advantage due to his bishop against Adams's knight. Short also had the sounder pawn structure, and this helped him take the initiative. Towards the end an exchange sacrifice enabled him to break through and fatally weaken White's king.

The 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

Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2802) sat out the fourth round whilst helping out with the live commentary.

Here is the tournament situation so far:

Position

Name

Country

Rating

(1/11/2011)

World Ranking

(1/11/2011)

Age

Games

played

Points

1-2

Magnus Carlsen

NOR

2826

1

21

4 8
1-2

Luke McShane 

ENG 2671 74 27 4 8
3

Hikaru Nakamura

USA 2758 10 24 4 7
4

Vladimir Kramnik

RUS

2800

4

36

3 5
5

Levon Aronian

ARM 2802 3 29 3 4
6

Nigel Short

ENG 2698 48 46 3 3
7

Viswanathan Anand

IND

2811

2

41*

3 2
8-9

Michael Adams

ENG 2734 17 40 4 2
8-9

David Howell

ENG

2633

139

21

4 2

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

The 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

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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