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7th London Chess Classic 2015 (7-8)

Giri and Vachier-Lagrave lead going into the final round of the London Chess Classic

Nakamura lost to Giri in Round 8. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

Nakamura lost to Giri in Round 8. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/

There is still all to play for in the London Chess Classic going into the final round on Sunday. Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lead on 5/8 but Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk and Levon Aronian are just half a point further back.

In an exciting round 7 on Friday there were three decisive games for the first time with Levon Aronian scoring a crushing win against Veselin Topalov. Aronian chose a setup that Topalov wasn't prepared for and quickly obtained a big advantage. Viswanathan Anand blundered with 24.Qc2 (24.Qf3) in a position that otherwise would have been likely drawn against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen scored a win against Hikaru Nakamura in a long endgame.

In round 8 Anish Giri was the only winner with an impressive finish against Hikaru Nakamura. Giri wasn't impressed with his opening after which he thought he might event have been slightly worse but the position gradually turned in Giri's favour, perhaps after 24...bxc3, and he invaded Nakamura's position winning material. Nakamura seemed to have chances to hold but Giri played accurately and after 41.h5 there was no longer a defence for Nakamura.

Magnus Carlsen was forced to concede a draw to Veselin Topalov in spite of making slow positional progress against his opponent. Carlsen said that he ran out of moves to execute a his plan due to the 50 move rule in spite of making progress all the time, the first time such a thing had happened to him. Carlsen was forced to win a pawn immediately to continue the game but there were few prospects of converting against best play.

Viswanathan Anand had to show good technique and calculation to hold a draw in an endgame vs Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk lost a nice opening advantage against Levon Aronian but found a nice way to force a draw and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave didn't get much against Michael Adams in the Ruy Lopez Breyer variation.

Round 8 standings: Giri, Vachier-Lagrave 5pts, Carlsen, Grischuk, Aronian 4.5pts, Caruana, Adams 4pts, Nakamura 3.5pts, Anand 3pts and Topalov 2pts.

Final Round 9 2pm Sunday 13th Dec Anand-Giri, Adams-Caruana, Aronian-Vachier-Lagrave, Carlsen-Grischuk, Nakamura-Topalov

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 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 . 1 5 2879
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2765 ½ * ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5 2883
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2850 ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 2824
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2750 ½ ½ . * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2824
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2781 ½ . ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 2831
6. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * . ½ ½ ½ 4 2790
7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . * ½ ½ ½ 4 2790
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2793 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 . 2739
9. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2803 . 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 3 2697
10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ . 0 * 2 2589
Round 7 (December 11, 2015)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 78 D11 Slav Defence
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 27 A34 English Symmetrical
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish ½-½ 36 A45 Trompowsky
Adams, Michael - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 29 B91 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.g3
Anand, Viswanathan - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 34 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Round 8 (December 12, 2015)
Giri, Anish - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 43 A08 Barcza System
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Adams, Michael ½-½ 37 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Grischuk, Alexander - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 40 A14 Reti Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 59 E06 Catalan
Topalov, Veselin - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 97 D41 Semi-Tarrasch Defence

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