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5th London Chess Classic 2013 (Day 1)

Kramnik, Gelfand and Caruana start London Classic with perfect scores

Stage at the London Chess Classic. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill

Stage at the London Chess Classic. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill | http://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com

The first day of the 5th London Chess Classic Super 16 rapid which started on Wednesday 11th December has already identified the early favourites for the whole event.

Group A looks wide open with Viswanathan Anand turning around a lost position against Luke McShane in round 1 and drawing with Adams in Round 2 and Luke McShane beating Andrei Istratescu who looks likely to suffer as he also lost to Adams. Anand, Adams and McShane look set for a close battle.

In Group B Vladimir Kramnik won a fluctuating struggle against Peter Svidler in the first round whilst Jonathan Rowson did the same against Matthew Sadler. Kramnik crushed Rowson in game two whilst Svidler took perpetual check against Sadler. I guess if Svidler hits form he and Kramnik will go through.

In Group C Boris Gelfand beat Judit Polgar and Gawain Jones whilst Hikaru Nakamura drew with black against Jones and then ground down Judit Polgar. I can't see beyond Nakamura and Gelfand, Jones has an outside chance but Polgar's other interests have seen her chess decline alarmingly.

Group D saw Fabiano Caruana take control with crushing wins against Emil Sutovsky and Nigel Short. David Howell survived terrible time trouble to beat Emil Sutovsky. Caruana to go through and the other place is wide open with the other players not really making their case just yet.

Games and tables below.

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 . . . 4 2912
2. Adams, Michael g ENG 2754 ½ . * * . . 1 . 4 2914
3. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2684 0 . . . * * 1 . 3 2721
4. Istratescu, Andrei g FRA 2670 . . 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
5th Classic GpB 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XVIII (2692)
1 2 3 4
1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2793 * * 1 . . . 1 . 6
2. Rowson, Jonathan g SCO 2569 0 . * * 1 . . . 3 2719
3. Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2646 . . 0 . * * ½ . 1 2470
4. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2758 0 . . . ½ . * * 1 2526
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
5th Classic GpC 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XX (2728)
1 2 3 4
1. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2777 * * . . 1 . 1 . 6
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2786 . . * * ½ . 1 . 4 2866
3. Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2654 0 . ½ . * * . . 1 2588
4. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2693 0 . 0 . . . * * 0
Round 1 (December 11, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Polgar, Judit 1-0 37 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
5th Classic GpD 2013 London (ENG), 11-13 xii 2013 cat. XVIII (2691)
1 2 3 4
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2782 * * . . 1 . 1 . 6
2. Howell, David W L g ENG 2640 . . * * ½ . 1 . 4 2863
3. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2683 0 . ½ . * * . . 1 2518
4. Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2657 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)
Howell, David W L - Sutovsky, Emil 1-0 51 A36 English Botvinnik
Short, Nigel D - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 26 A00 Irregular Openings

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