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The London Classic is underway!

The press conference
Magnus Carlsen started just as he finished last year - in the lead! His win occurred at the expense of David Howell, who was unable to cope with various threats coming from different directions, the Englishman's king being insecure whatever he tried.

Hikaru Nakamura was able to activate and more or less nullify White's opening. Although Kramnik had bishop against knight, this gave no real winning chances.

Michael Adams temporarily sacrificed a pawn for some positional pressure with only heavy pieces on the board. Anand played solidly, gave back the pawn and kept his queen active in the queen endgame, thus equalizing.

Levon Aronian played out the most double-edged game of the day with Luke McShane. Unusual complications eventually ending in perpetual check.

The 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

Nigel Short (England, 2698) will be sitting out the first round whilst helping out with the live commentary.

Here is the list of participants with their points tally so far:

Seed

Name

Country

Rating

(1/11/2011)

World Ranking

(1/11/2011)

Age

Games

played

Points

1

Magnus Carlsen

NOR

2826

1

21

1 3
2

Viswanathan Anand

IND

2811

2

41*

1 1
3

Levon Aronian

ARM

2802

3

29

1 1
4

Vladimir Kramnik

RUS

2800

4

36

1 1
5

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

2758

10

24

1 1
6

Michael Adams

ENG

2734

17

40

1 1
7

Luke McShane

ENG

2671

74

27

1 1
8

David Howell

ENG

2633

139

21

1 0
9

Nigel Short

ENG 2698 48 46 0 0

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

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

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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