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5th London Chess Classic 2013 (Day 2)

Cream rises to the top after day two of London Chess Classic

Anand in control of his group after two wins from two on the second day. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill

Anand in control of his group after two wins from two on the second day. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill | raymorris-hill.smugmug.com

The ratings favourites top every preliminary group of the 5th London Chess Classic Super 16 rapid event after the second day's play. Final day of the preliminary groups on Friday before the weekend's knockouts for the top two finishers in each group.

In group A Viswanathan Anand scored two wins to top the group with 10/12 points. His sacrificial win against Luke McShane was made to look very straightforward. Michael Adams has strong control of second place following Luke McShane's defeat to Anand.

In group B Peter Svidler caught Vladimir Kramnik by gaining revenge for his round one loss. Svidler's two wins made a much better impression than his day one performance. Matthew Sadler won the final game of the day to finish when his risk taking looked set to rebound before Jonathan Rowson wondered into a snap mate.

In group C Boris Gelfand and Hikaru Nakamura are on 8/12 four points clear of Judit Polgar who looked to be playing much better than on day one but may have left it a bit late. Gawain Jones is last on one point but will feel he shouldn't have lost either game.

In group D Fabiano Caruana continued his strong showing holding an inferior position in game one and then following up with yet another demolition, this time of the struggling Emil Sutovsky. Nigel Short played "very poor chess" on day one but was obviously much happier with his day two performance when wins over Sutovsky and Howell moved him into second. David Howell is two points behind Short now but still has some chances to qualify.

5th Classic GpA 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XIX (2720)
1 2 3 4
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2773 * * ½ . 1 1 1 . 10 3034
2. Adams, Michael g ENG 2754 ½ . * * ½ . 1 1 8 2892
3. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2684 0 0 ½ . * * 1 . 4 2655
4. Istratescu, Andrei g FRA 2670 0 . 0 0 0 . * * 0
Round 1 (December 11, 2013)
McShane, Luke J - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 46 B11 Caro Kann Two Knights
Istratescu, Andrei - Adams, Michael 0-1 49 A22 English Opening
Round 2 (December 11, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Adams, Michael ½-½ 40 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
McShane, Luke J - Istratescu, Andrei 1-0 31 C07 French Tarrasch
Round 3 (December 12, 2013)
Adams, Michael - McShane, Luke J ½-½ 82 C47 Four Knights
Istratescu, Andrei - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 50 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Round 4 (December 12, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - McShane, Luke J 1-0 38 A07 Barcza System
Adams, Michael - Istratescu, Andrei 1-0 45 C07 French Tarrasch
5th Classic GpB 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XVIII (2692)
1 2 3 4
1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2793 * * 1 0 ½ . 1 . 7 2777
2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2758 0 1 * * ½ . 1 . 7 2795
3. Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2646 ½ . ½ . * * 0 1 5 2672
4. Rowson, Jonathan g SCO 2569 0 . 0 . 1 0 * * 3 2517
Round 1 (December 11, 2013)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Svidler, Peter 1-0 55 A04 Dutch System
Rowson, Jonathan - Sadler, Matthew D 1-0 55 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Round 2 (December 11, 2013)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Rowson, Jonathan 1-0 47 A07 Barcza System
Svidler, Peter - Sadler, Matthew D ½-½ 26 C11 French Defence
Round 3 (December 12, 2013)
Sadler, Matthew D - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 49 E54 Nimzo Indian
Rowson, Jonathan - Svidler, Peter 0-1 44 B40 Sicilian Classical
Round 4 (December 12, 2013)
Svidler, Peter - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 49 A00 Irregular Openings
Sadler, Matthew D - Rowson, Jonathan 1-0 59 E42 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
5th Classic GpC 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XX (2728)
1 2 3 4
1. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2777 * * ½ . 1 ½ 1 . 8 2899
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2786 ½ . * * 1 . ½ 1 8 2887
3. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2693 0 ½ 0 . * * 1 . 4 2661
4. Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2654 0 . ½ 0 0 . * * 1 2438
Round 1 (December 11, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Polgar, Judit 1-0 50 E15 Queens Indian
Jones, Gawain C B - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 70 B40 Sicilian Classical
Round 2 (December 11, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Jones, Gawain C B 1-0 77 E94 King's Indian Classical
Polgar, Judit - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 56 C70 Ruy Lopez
Round 3 (December 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 78 A01 Larsen Opening
Jones, Gawain C B - Polgar, Judit 0-1 67 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 4 (December 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Jones, Gawain C B 1-0 84 A01 Larsen Opening
Polgar, Judit - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 44 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
5th Classic GpD 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XVIII (2691)
1 2 3 4
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2782 * * 1 . ½ . 1 1 10 2995
2. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2683 0 . * * ½ 1 1 . 7 2774
3. Howell, David W L g ENG 2640 ½ . ½ 0 * * 1 . 5 2701
4. Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2657 0 0 0 . 0 . * * 0
Round 1 (December 11, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Sutovsky, Emil 1-0 30 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Short, Nigel D - Howell, David W L ½-½ 60 B10 Caro Kann
Round 2 (December 11, 2013)
Short, Nigel D - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 26 A00 Irregular Openings
Howell, David W L - Sutovsky, Emil 1-0 51 A36 English Botvinnik
Round 3 (December 12, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Howell, David W L ½-½ 126 A07 Barcza System
Sutovsky, Emil - Short, Nigel D 0-1 41 C72 Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz
Round 4 (December 12, 2013)
Howell, David W L - Short, Nigel D 0-1 48 C45 Scotch Game
Sutovsky, Emil - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 34 C07 French Tarrasch

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