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7th London Chess Classic 2015 (4)

Nakamura beats Anand in the only decisive game of the London Classic Round 4

Hikaru Nakamura was the only winner in round 4. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

Hikaru Nakamura was the only winner in round 4. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/i-jCLQQM2

Hikaru Nakamura scored a fine win against former World Champion Viswanathan Anand for the only decisive game of the day in the London Chess Classic. Nakamura won a pawn but both players felt Anand should have enough compensation to hold the draw. Nakamura found some fine ideas and broke through to win in 41 moves.

This was a very long day with the final game to finish between Veselin Topalov and Fabiano Caruana ending after over 6.5 hours of play. Nothing has gone right for Topalov in the tournament so far and today he had a winning advantage for much of the game but Caruana found some creative ways to pose problems including a rook sacrifice. Topalov couldn't find his way through the complications to score the win in the end.

Magnus Carlsen got the kind of position he usually excels in, an exchange up for a pawn against Michael Adams but breaking through proved tough and after good defence from Adams he held the draw.

Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew a complicated Najdorf Sicilian. Anish Giri didn't get much of an advantage with white against Levon Aronian in the remaining game of the day.

Round 4 standings: Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Giri 2.5pts, Grischuk, Adams, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana 2pts, Anand 1.5pts, Topalov 1pt

Round 5 Tuesday 8 Dec 4pm Vachier-Lagrave-Giri, Caruana-Grischuk, Anand-Topalov, Adams-Nakamura, Aronian-Carlsen

7th London Classic 2015 London (ENG), 3-14 xii 2015 cat. XXII (2785)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2793 * ½ . ½ . . . ½ 1 . 2871
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2765 ½ * . ½ . . ½ . . 1 2894
3. Giri, Anish g NED 2778 . . * ½ ½ ½ . . . 1 2864
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2750 ½ ½ ½ * . . . . . ½ 2 2784
5. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 . . ½ . * ½ ½ . ½ . 2 2803
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2781 . . ½ . ½ * . ½ ½ . 2 2778
7. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2850 . ½ . . ½ . * ½ ½ . 2 2774
8. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 ½ . . . . ½ ½ * . ½ 2 2806
9. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2803 0 . . . ½ ½ ½ . * . 2705
10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 . 0 0 ½ . . . ½ . * 1 2577
Round 4 (December 7, 2015)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 41 E06 Catalan
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 33 A22 English Opening
Grischuk, Alexander - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 43 B96 Sicilian Najdorf
Carlsen, Magnus - Adams, Michael ½-½ 78 A07 Barcza System
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 83 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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