7th London Chess Classic 2015 (4)
Nakamura beats Anand in the only decisive game of the London Classic Round 4
Mark Crowther - Monday 7th December 2015
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)|
|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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