In a category XX (2748) event, 3rd London Chess Classic – 2011, Valadimir Kramnik emerged as a clear no.1 after a comfortable draw against Levon Aronian in the final round of the event. In a dramatically romanticized tournament Kramnik drew against all non-English players and had wins against four English grandmasters. Magnus Carlsen could have emerged as clear no.1 after final round but Nigel Short forced a draw against him in the last round. Out of form World Champion Vishwanathan Anand also had a quick draw against Luke Mcshane and finished at 5th place with 9 points. He may already have started preparing for his world championship match in Moscow, Russia against challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel. Vishy’s performance in last few tournaments was below standard and he himself was not much satisfied with the results and called it a disaster.
Hikaru Nakamura of US had a win with black pieces against the world champion in hyper-modern opening King’s Indian Defense which he described as his best win till date in the post game analysis commentary on official website. Nakamura who is trained by former world champion Garry Kasparov finished second in the tournament with performance rating of 2887. In the last round he took a lot of risk using the notorious King’s Gambit against Michael Adams of England but Adams missed a win in time trouble. After that Nakamura brought home the full point to finish second in the tournament.
Winner of the event, Kramnik, only required a draw with white against Levon Aronian in the final round of the event in order to win the tournament but his situation was somewhat complicated by the fact that he knew that a win today would surely take him to number 2 position in the world chess ranking by FIDE above his opponent Aronian. After a little bit struggle in the middle game it ended in a draw in 32 moves.
London Chess Classic London ENG Sat 3rd Dec 2011 – Mon 12th Dec 2011
|4||McShane, Luke J||g||ENG||2671||0||½||½||*||½||½||1||1||1||13||2852|
|7||Short, Nigel D||g||ENG||2698||0||½||½||0||0||0||*||½||1||6||2613|
|8||Howell, David W L||g||ENG||2633||0||0||0||0||½||½||½||*||½||4||2569|
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