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7th London Chess Classic 2015 (2)

All games drawn on day 2 of the London Chess Classic

Caruana drew against Carlsen in round 2 of the London Chess Classic. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill

Caruana drew against Carlsen in round 2 of the London Chess Classic. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/i-nNLCCrs

The second round of the London Chess Classic saw all the games drawn with the most complicated between Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finshing last. Anish Giri leads alone on 1.5/2.

Nakamura didn't get the opening quite right and being tempi down in a Benoni structure proved difficult for him. Vachier-Lagrave started to go wrong on the run up to first time control after which he put the breaks on to hold the draw.

Magnus Carlsen obtained a passed d-pawn in a Rook Queen and Pawns endgame vs Fabiano but he didn't have enough to make progress. Afterwards Carlsen thought that if there was anything he should have played 33.Qd2 but even then black should hold.

Earlier Michael Adams comfortably held with black for the second day in a row vs Anish Giri. Viswanathan Anand didn't have too many problems drawing vs Aronian and Grischuk had the better of things with black against Topalov but traded to a draw too.

Round 2 Standings: 1st Giri 1.5pts 2nd= Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, Anand, Adams, Aronian, Carlsen, Nakamura, Hikaru 1pt 10th Topalov 0.5pts

Round 3 pairings 2pm Sunday 6th Dec 2015: Grischuk-Giri, Vachier-Lagrave-Topalov, Caruana-Nakamura, Anand-Carlsen, Adams-Aronian.

7th London Classic 2015 London (ENG), 3-14 xii 2015 cat. XXII (2785)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Giri, Anish g NED 2778 * ½ . . . . . . . 1 2966
2. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 ½ * . . ½ . . . . . 1 2790
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2765 . . * . . . ½ ½ . . 1 2821
4. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 . . . * . ½ ½ . . . 1 2815
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2803 . ½ . . * ½ . . . . 1 2762
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2781 . . . ½ ½ * . . . . 1 2795
7. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2850 . . ½ ½ . . * . . . 1 2776
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2793 . . ½ . . . . * ½ . 1 2757
9. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2750 . . . . . . . ½ * ½ 1 2798
10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 0 . . . . . . . ½ * ½ 2571
Round 2 (December 5, 2015)
Giri, Anish - Adams, Michael ½-½ 26 E37 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 34 D38 QGD Ragozin
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 42 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 57 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Topalov, Veselin - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 33 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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