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Kramnik wins London Chess Classic, 2011

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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.

Round 9 Kramnik v/s Aronian - London Chess Classic, 2011

Round 9, LCC-2011, Kramnik v/s Aronian

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
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:

Rk Name Ti FED Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts TPR
1 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2800 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 16 2934
2 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 15 2887
3 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 14 2879
4 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2671 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 13 2852
5 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2811 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 9 2740
6 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2802 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 9 2741
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
9 Adams, Michael g ENG 2734 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 3 2498
9 players

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  • http://chess.indiavoice.info Chess India

    Kramnik back in form after long long time

  • http://blog.indiavoice.info Indian

    Kramnik has no tournaments till June now that is sad for the chess community as he is back in good form after long long time and is really doing well in last few months

  • http://chess.indiavoice.info Chess India

    Kramnik may reach no.2 in some time and can target no.1 spot challenging Magnus Carlsen but the problem is he has no major tournaments in near future..

  • Champion

    Yes, but in 2012 Kramnik has not done well and is not playing in as many tournaments as the other top players are doing… still he is strong and is going to remain in top 5 in the world until he retire…

  • http://chess.indiavoice.info Chess India

    Kramnik not doing real good in 2012 still we hope he is going to come back strong

  • Tushar Gajjar

    Kramnik is not doing good in recent years and we hope that he will be back in the form soon…

  • Tushar Gajjar

    Totally agree with you but what else we can do about it… He is not as good as he was some 5 years ago… Still he has the potential to be back in the game and do really well in coming times…. only time can tell whether Kramnik is over or he still has something to offer the chess community of the world.


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