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3rd London Chess Classic 2011 (5)

Day of firsts for Nakamura and Short in London Chess Classic Rd4

Hikaru Nakamura became the first US player since Kamsky beat Kasparov in 1992 to beat a reigning World Chess Champion. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

Hikaru Nakamura became the first US player since Kamsky beat Kasparov in 1992 to beat a reigning World Chess Champion. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. |

The 3rd London Chess Classic went into its only rest day on Wednesday with round 4 being full of interest and stories. Hikaru Nakamura beat World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand for the first time in a wild King's Indian where he went for it and looked in bad trouble early on but once he got going there was no stopping his attack. Nigel Short has played all three classics and in spite of having his chances it was only today he scored his first win beating Michael Adams in a game where he took the initiative almost straight out of the opening and never let it go. Luke McShane joined Magnus Carlsen in the lead after beat beat David Howell whilst Carlsen didn't make the most of a nasty opening idea against Kramnik. Round 5: Thur 2pm GMT Nakamura-Howell, Short-Anand, Kramnik-Adams, Aronian-Carlsen. McShane in commentary.

Anand and Nakamura

Anand and Nakamura. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill:

Hikaru Nakamura was determined to go down fighting in the 4th round of the London Chess Classic. He played the King's Indian as black against World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand reasoning that "He's not a 1.d4 player by nature. He has played 1.e4 for most of his career until the last couple of years I figured especially in a King's Indian of which he has very little experience that he wouldn't necessarily understand the structures as well as I did." Online commentators felt that Anand was quite close to a win but Nakamura felt that for human players there was nothing clear and his position was easier to play. They liked 27.Be6 instead of 27.Ne6 but the players agreed that it was Anand's 29.Nc4 that was the decisive error. Nakamura's play was clear and he came with the attitude that he didn't care if he won or lost. "I attack and if it works, it works, if it doesn't I lose horribly and look like an idiot. The onus is on Vishy to find all the right moves." Nakamura becomes the first US player in 19 years to defeat a reigning World Chess Champion (Mig says Kamsky's 1992 Dortmund win over Kasparov). In the end Anand's kingside collapsed and he had to resign.

Is this your biggest single win?

Probably overall it is, I've had some better quality wins, but certainly beating the World Champion, the first time you do that is something special. It seems like every year I beat someone really good with black, last year I beat Kramnik for the first time with black now I beat Anand for the first time, maybe next year I'll learn how to beat Magnus with black. It's the biggest win for the time being.

Certainly I hope to be back next year I think this tournament, the location is great, I always enjoy being here in London and playing against the top players in the world is very special not to mention all the enthusiasm from the fans who are here watching from the online community it's very good for chess and I hope to be back next year hopefully this tournament continues for many more years as well.

Live by the sword and die by the sword. Sometimes I wonder just how many of these games I can play in the KID before I die of a heart attack. Nakamura on Twitter.

Anand,Viswanathan - Nakamura,Hikaru [E97]
3nd London Chess Classic London ENG (4), 06.12.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Ne8 10.c5 f5 11.Nd2 Nf6 12.a4 g5

"The great thing about the King's Indian is that in any of these lines there is always going to be play." - Nakamura. "I looked at these lines a few months back. I was on vacation and I was just up in Canada drinking with one of my friends and we were sort of having a discussion..."

[12...f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.Ba3 g4 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.b5 Ne8 17.Bxg4 Qc7 18.Be2 f3 19.b6 axb6 20.Nb5 fxe2 21.Qxe2 Qd8 22.Nbxd6 Nxd6 23.Bxd6 Rf7 24.Bxe5 Ng6 25.Bxg7 Nf4 26.Qe3 Qg5 27.g3 Qxg7 28.Nxb6 Bg4 29.Nxa8 Ne2+ 30.Kg2 Bf3+ 31.Qxf3 Rxf3 32.Kxf3 Nd4+ 33.Kg2 Qf8 34.Rfe1 Qxa8 35.Red1 Nc2 36.Rac1 Qxa4 37.d6 Qxe4+ 38.Kg1 Nd4 39.d7 Nf3+ 40.Kf1 Nxh2+ 41.Kg1 Nf3+ 1/2-1/2 Kramnik,V (2780)-Nakamura,H (2733)/Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 2010/The Week in Chess 829]


[13.f3 Ng6 14.Nc4 Nf4 15.g3 Nxe2+ 16.Qxe2 f4 17.g4 Rf7 18.Ba3 Bf8 19.b5 h5 20.h3 Rh7 21.Kg2 b6 22.cxb6 axb6 23.Bb4 Bd7 24.a5 bxa5 25.Bxa5 Rb8 26.Rab1 Qc8 27.Rh1 hxg4 28.hxg4 Nxg4 29.Rxh7 Kxh7 30.fxg4 Bxg4 31.Rh1+ Kg6 32.Qf2 Bh5 33.Kf1 Bg7 34.Ke1 Qd7 35.Qa7 Rxb5 36.Nxb5 Qxb5 37.Rxh5 Qxc4 38.Rh2 Qxe4+ 39.Kd1 Qxd5+ 40.Ke2 Qa2+ 41.Kd3 Qxh2 42.Qxc7 e4+ 43.Kc4 Qe2+ 44.Kb4 Qd2+ 45.Ka4 0-1 Suhendr,A (2230)-Sudung,T/Jakarta INA 2011/The Week in Chess 857]

13...h6 14.f3 f4

Through a move order shift Anand is basically a tempo up on a known line due to the h6 move. "I was sort of in one of these moods after yesterday's loss to Magnus where I felt like playing something exciting and I didn't really care if I won or lost so I just took a chance." - Nakamura.

15.Ba3 Ng6 16.b5 dxc5

Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 16...dxc5

You're positionally bust? "Well exactly, with the pawn on h5 it's playable but with the pawn on h6 it seems quite unpleasant." - Nakamura.

17.Bxc5 Rf7 18.a5 h5 19.b6 g4 20.Nb5 cxb6 21.axb6 g3 22.Kh1

"All these lines are very similar, I'm just down a tempo, which makes a big difference unfortunately." Nakamura.

22...Bf8 23.d6 a6 24.Nc7 Rb8 25.Na5 Kh8

[25...Nd7 26.Bg1 Rf6 27.Nc4 gxh2 28.Bf2 h4 Black is probably worse but it's a position.]


The asked Kramnik in his press conference about this position and he said "Don't forget we are playing, not just sitting! [laughter]" meaning he hadn't looked at this in detail. Even with the extra tempi [white] is in danger of getting mated. I think he [Anand] had an advantageous position but still it's a King's Indian." - Kramnik.


Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 26...Rg7


[27.Be6 "This is one of the other reasons I chose to play the King's Indian against Vishy. He's not a 1.d4 player by nature. He has played 1.e4 for most of his career until the last couple of years I figured especially in a King's Indian of which he has very little experience that he wouldn't necessarily understand the structures as well as I did that's another reason I chose this opening." 27...Nd7 (27...gxh2 28.Nc4 h4 "Basically I attack on the Kingside or I lose." - Nakamura.) 28.Bg1 gxh2 29.Bf2 h4 and black just continues.]


"Probably objectively it's much worse [for black] but we're human. I don't really have to find any difficult moves here. I attack and if it works, it works, if it doesn't I lose horribly and look like an idiot. The onus is on Vishy to find all the right moves. "

28.Bxe6 gxh2

Nakamura didn't know what Vishy should play here. He said he took some advice from Aronian that when you're playing you shouldn't really look for ideas for your opponent, let him worry about his position. [something Aronian admitted to doing earlier in the event]


Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 29.Nc4?

After the game the players discussed this blunder. "Practically it goes from being much better [for white] to being lost." - Nakamura.


"It's a very unusual motif here." - Nakamura.


"I think everything just collapses." - Nakamura.

[30.Bf5 Qb5 Wins which is the point.]


"I didn't like the way I lost yesterday, I felt that I tried to play too solidly and I figured that if I'm going to lose that I should go for it" - Nakamura


"The pawn on d6 isn't going anywhere."

31...h3 32.gxh3 Rc8!

Very important.

[32...Nh5 33.Rd2 and Nakamura didn't see a way to crash through.]

33.Ra5 Nh4

Nakamura used most of his remaining time here making sure this worked and he thinks he is winning.

34.Kxh2 Nd7 35.Bb4 Rg3 36.Qf1 Qh5 37.Ra3

[37.Nd2 Rc1! 38.Qxc1 Nxf3+]


[37...Nxb6 38.Be6 complicates. 38...Rxc4 39.Bxc4 Nxc4 40.d7]


[38.Bxa5 Bxd6]

38...Rxc4 39.Bxc4 Bxd6 40.Rxa5 Bc5 41.Be2

[41.Rxc5 Nxc5 42.Be2 Ne6]

41...Bxb6 42.Rb5 Bd4

Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 42...Bd4

"This doesn't look pretty for white" - Carlsen.

43.Bd1 Bxf2 44.Bxf2 Nxf3+ 45.Bxf3 Qxf3 46.Rb1

[46.Rxb7 Nf6; 46.Rd5 Nf6 Kramnik refused to assess this position "It's not my game!"]

46...Rg6 47.Rxb7 Nf6 48.Rb8+ Kh7 49.Rb7+ Kh6

"Any idea should be winning here." - Nakamura.


Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill:

Magnus Carlsen traded into a double rook and bishops of opposite coloured middlegame come ending against Vladimir Kramnik which the Russian found very unpleasant indeed however both sides had to be accurate and Carlsen's 25.gxh6?! instead of 25.Rxh6! seemed to let Kramnik off the hook and after that the difficulties were much reduced and the draw was eventually agreed in 55 moves.

Carlsen,Magnus - Kramnik,Vladimir [E20]
3nd London Chess Classic London ENG (4), 06.12.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Qb6 10.Bxd5 exd5 11.Be3 Bxc3+ 12.Qxc3 Qa6 13.Qd3!?

Playing for the tiniest of edges but Carlsen does remarkably well to make something of the postion although Kramnik said afterwards he didn't like his position at all following this move. "Very strong reply." - Kramnik on Qd3.

[13.f3 Nc6 14.Kf2 Re8 15.b3 Bd7 16.Nxc6 Rac8 17.Rac1 Rxc6 18.Qd2 Rce6 19.Rc3 Bb5 20.Re1 d4 21.Qxd4 Qxa2 22.Qxa7 Qxa7 23.Bxa7 Rxe2+ 24.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 25.Kg1 Bc6 26.b4 h5 27.h4 f6 28.Bf2 Kf7 29.Rb3 Rd2 30.Be3 Rc2 31.Bf4 Ke6 32.b5 Bd5 33.Re3+ Kf5 34.Rd3 Rc5 35.b6 Rb5 36.Kf2 Bc4 37.Rd4 Rb2+ 38.Kg1 Bb5 39.Be3 Bc6 40.Rd2 Rb3 41.Kf2 g5 42.hxg5 fxg5 43.Rd8 g4 44.fxg4+ hxg4 45.Rd4 Rb2+ 46.Rd2 Rb1 47.Rd4 Bf3 48.Rd6 Ke4 49.Rd4+ Ke5 50.Rd7 Rh1 51.Bf4+ Kf5 52.Re7 Rh2+ 53.Kg1 Rb2 54.Bc7 1/2-1/2 Kuemin,S (2251)-Janssen,R (2448)/Yerevan ARM 1999; 13.f3 Nc6 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Kf2 Re8 "and I don't think black is any worse." - Kramnik.]

13...Qxd3 14.exd3

"I thought this would be drawish but I quite quickly into an unpleasant position. I think I had quite a bad position at some point." - Kramnik.


Kramnik had actually had a brief look at this position in his preparation but he thought white shouldn't have anything special but during the game he started to realise things were very difficult for black.

[14...Nc6 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Kd2]

15.Kd2 Nc6 16.Nxc6 Bxc6 17.Bd4 Rfe8

[17...h5 18.h3 and if white keeps both rooks on the board it is "very long suffering for black." - Kramnik,]


Kramnik either can exchange a set of rooks and let white push his pawns or restrict the pawns slightly but suffer anyway.

18...Re6 19.Rae1 Bd7 20.Rxe6 Bxe6 21.g5

"I though the way you played was the only way for black because you cannot really stop h4-h5" - Kramnik.

21...a6 22.h4 Re8

[22...Rc8 23.h5 Kf8 but Kramnik was afraid that h6 for Carlsen g6 for him would eventually lead to a king march for Carlsen to g7. "The problem with the h7 pawn will never go away." - Carlsen.]


[23.f3 Bf5 24.h5 Re6 25.Rh4 h6 26.Rf4 "Not really a dream position" [for black] - Kramnik,]

23...Bg4 24.h6 gxh6

Vladimir Kramnik


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 24...gxh6


[25.Rxh6 "Of course white should take with the rook, it's as simple as that." - Carlsen, his initial thought but he got tempted with the pawn capture. 25...Re6 26.Rh4 Bf5 and Kramnik thinks he will suffer for a very long time and wasn't sure he would make a draw here.]


Kramnik already thought he was holding here. He was obviously relieved with Carlsen's choice.

26.Be3 Kf8 27.Kc3 Rg6 28.Kd4 Bd7 29.Re1 Bc6 30.Kc5 Ke8 31.f4

Very interesting try. Black can get mated if he isn't careful.


[31...Rxh6 32.f5 Rh5 33.Kd6 Rxf5 (33...Kf8 34.Rg1) 34.Bg5+ Kf8 35.Bh6+ Kg8 36.Rg1+ Kh8 37.Bg7+ Kg8 38.Bf6+ Kf8 39.Be7+ Ke8 40.Rg8#]

32.Bd4+ Re6 33.Rxe6+ Bxe6

[33...fxe6 34.Kd6 Bb5 35.Kxe6 Bxd3 36.f5 Kf8 37.a4 a5 38.b4 axb4 39.a5 b3 40.Kd6 Bxf5 41.Kc7 Bd3 42.Kxb7 Kf7]

34.Kb6 Bf5 35.Kxb7 Bxd3 36.Kc6

[36.f5 Ke7 37.b4 Bb5 Only move. If the white bishop moves then d4 giving the pawn up for the draw.]

36...Ke7 37.Kxd5 Bb1 38.a3 Ba2+ 39.Ke4 Bb3 40.Kf5 Be6+ 41.Ke5 f6+ 42.Ke4 Bb3 43.Bc5+ Ke6 44.Kd4 a5 45.a4 Bxa4 46.Bb6 Kf5 47.Bxa5 Kxf4 48.Bd2+ Kg4 49.b4 f5 50.Ke5 Bb5

[50...f4 Kramnik shows that this position really is a draw because he can even give this pawn up. 51.Bxf4 Kh5 52.Kd6 Kg6 53.Kc5 Kf7 54.b5 Bxb5 55.Kxb5 Kg8 which is a theoretical draw, if this is a draw then so is everthing else.]

51.Bf4 Bd3 52.Be3 Bb5 53.Bf4 Bd3 54.Be3 Bb5 55.Bf4 1/2-1/2

David Howell against Luke McShane

David Howell against Luke McShane. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill:

On a day of such interest Luke McShane joined Magnus Carlsen in the lead as almost a minor headline beating David Howell who self destructed in a mutual time scramble.

Howell,David W L - McShane,Luke J [C45]
3nd London Chess Classic London ENG (4), 06.12.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Bc5 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d6 8.0-0 Ne7 9.Nd2 0-0 10.b4 Bb6 11.a4 a5 12.Nc4 axb4

[12...Be6 13.Qe2 Kh8 14.Bg5 f6 15.Be3 Bxc4 16.Bxc4 Bxe3 17.Qxe3 Qb8 18.Rfb1 Qc8 19.Re1 Qg4 20.f3 Qh5 21.f4 Rfb8 22.Qd2 Rd8 23.Bb3 Nc8 24.e5 fxe5 25.Rxe5 Qh4 26.Re3 Ne7 27.Rae1 Qxf4 28.Qd3 Qf5 29.Qe2 Ng8 30.Bc2 Qf7 31.Rf1 Nf6 32.Rh3 Re8 33.Qd3 h5 34.Qf3 Re5 35.Qxc6 Rae8 36.Rhf3 Rg5 37.Bd3 Re7 38.Rf5 Rxf5 39.Bxf5 Re5 40.bxa5 Rxa5 41.Bc2 g6 42.Qf3 Kg7 43.Qg3 Re5 44.h3 Qe8 45.Qd3 Rd5 46.Qg3 Re5 47.Qd3 Rd5 48.Qg3 1/2-1/2 Amonatov,F (2643)-Zubarev,A (2544)/Ohrid MKD 2009/The Week in Chess 779]

13.Nxb6 cxb6 14.cxb4 c5 15.Bb2 Be6 16.Re1

[16.f4 Howell felt that he shouldn't have sat on this position but taken some immediate action around here such as with f4. "Certainly if anyone is better here it is white but I think black has quite a lot of resources. Those bishops are pretty strong ..." but he felt McShane felt he had enough play. 16...f5 and there is no obvious continuation for white - Howell.(16...f6 was McShane's initial intention. 17.f5 Bf7 18.b5 d5 (18...Qc7 19.Qg4 Kh8 20.Qg3 c4 21.Bc2 Qc5+ 22.Kh1 d5 23.Ba3) 19.e5 d4 20.e6 Be8 21.Bc4 "I kind of assumed this was huge for white" - Howell. ) ]


"I ended up regretting it a couple of moves later." - Howell.

17.Qd2 Nc6 18.Bc3 Qc7 19.b5

"A very ambitious move. " McShane.

19...Na5 20.Bc2 Rfd8

[20...Nb3 21.Bxb3 Bxb3 22.a5]

21.Rab1 Kh8 22.Qf4 Ba2 23.Rb2 Bg8 24.Rbb1

Black has Nc4 to e5 at the right moment which might hit things on the way.


A very tricky move that might allow the knight to b3. "I did have an eye on David's clock." - McShane.

25.h3 h6 26.Re3 Bh7 27.Rd1 Qe7

[27...d5 28.Bxa5 Rxa5 (28...bxa5 29.Rc3) 29.Bb3]


Luke McShane


David Howell

Position after 28.Bxa5

"This is the start of a very mistaken idea." - Howell.

[28.Rg3 d5; 28.Kh1 "Anything would have been better than Bxa5 after Kh1 what is black doing?" - Howell.]

28...Rxa5 29.Red3?

A horrible blunder.

29...Qxe4 30.Rxd6 Qxf4 31.Rxd8+ Bg8 32.Bg6 Qc4

"I'd completely missed Qc4 and I expected Qc7." - Howell. Both players had about a minute left.

[32...Qc7 33.R1d7]


[33.R1d7 Rxa4 34.Bf7 Ra1+ 35.Kh2 Qf4+ is just in time for black.]

33...Rxa4 34.Re1 f5 35.Re7?

Missing a last chance with both flags hanging.

[35.Bxf5! g6! and black probably wins. (35...g5 36.Re7 (36.Be6 Qc3 37.Rxg8+ Kh7 38.Rd1 Ra1) 36...Ra1+ 37.Kh2 Rh1+ 38.Kg2 Qf1+ 39.Kf3 Qd1+ and there should be a draw.) 36.Be6]

35...f4 36.gxf4

[36.Bf7 Ra1+ 37.Kh2 fxg3+ 38.Kxg3 Qc3+ (38...Rg1+) 39.Kg2 Qf6 40.Rxg8+ Kh7]

36...Qxf4 37.Bf7 Qg5+ 0-1

Nigel Short wins at last

Nigel Short wins at last. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill:

It is a real shame for Nigel Short that his game was the final to finish and he didn't get to give a press conference (at least not available to me online). No doubt he will talk about his win against Michael Adams later. Adams confidence was surely low after his defeat to Luke McShane the day before and his tentative approach on the white side of the Tarrasch French handed Nigel Short the initiative. Short struggles to get the initiative these days against the very best but still retains a wonderful feeling for it. He kept his advantage going all the way to a 71 move win and his first win in the London Classic in three editions.

Adams,Michael - Short,Nigel D [C03]
3nd London Chess Classic London ENG (4), 06.12.2011

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 h6 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.0-0

[7.c3 1-0 Zozulia,A (2314)-Rosmuller,A (2170)/Vlissingen 2005/CBM 107 ext (27)]

7...Nge7 8.Qe2

[8.c3 1/2-1/2 Maslak,K (2560)-Volkov,S (2597)/Irkutsk RUS 2010/The Week in Chess 825 (77)]

8...0-0 9.Nb3 Bb6 10.c3 dxe4 11.Qxe4 Ng6 12.Bc4 Kh8 13.Qc2 Nce5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Be2 Qh4

Taking the initiative.

16.g3 Qh3 17.Be3 Bxe3 18.fxe3 Ng4 19.Bxg4 Qxg4 20.Rad1 f6 21.Nd4 e5 22.Nf5 Be6 23.e4 Rfd8 24.Ne3 Qg6 25.Kg2 b5 26.b3 a5 27.c4 bxc4 28.bxc4 Qh5 29.h4 Bd7 30.Rf2 Bc6 31.Nd5 Rab8 32.Qe2 Qg6 33.Qf3 Rd7 34.Kh2 Rdb7 35.Rdd2 a4 36.Qe3 Bd7 37.Qf3 Bg4 38.Qe3 Be6 39.Qf3 Rb1 40.Ne3 Rc1 41.Rd6 Qf7 42.Rfd2 Rbb1

White is in serious trouble.

43.g4 Kh7 44.h5 Rc3 45.Kg2 Rxe3!

Nigel Short


Michael Adams

Position after 45...Rxe3

The winning breakthrough.

46.Qxe3 Bxg4 47.Rb6 Ra1 48.Qc3 Re1 49.Rf2 Rxe4 50.c5 Bxh5 51.Rb4 Bg6 52.Kh2 Qe6 53.Rg2 Bf5 54.Rb7 Bg4 55.Rf2 f5 56.Rb4 Rxb4 57.Qxb4 e4 58.Qd4 e3 59.Rf1 Qxa2+ 60.Kg3 Qe2 61.Qf4 Qd2 62.Qe5 e2 63.Rg1 h5 64.c6 f4+ 65.Kh4 Qd8+ 66.Qg5 Qxg5+ 67.Kxg5 f3 68.c7 f2 69.Rxg4 f1Q 70.c8Q Qf6+ 71.Kxh5 Qh6# 0-1

Aronian's turn in the commentary box in Round 4

Aronian's turn in the commentary box in Round 4. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill:

3rd London Chess Classic London (ENG), 3-12 xii 2011 cat. XX (2748)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 * ½ 1 ½ . . . . 1 8 2908
2. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2671 ½ * . . ½ . . 1 1 8 2941
3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 0 . * ½ 1 . 1 . . 7 2904
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2800 ½ . ½ * . 1 . . . 5 2885
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2802 . ½ 0 . * 1 . . . 4 2709
6. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2698 . . . 0 0 * . 1 . 3 2653
7. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2811 . . 0 . . . * ½ ½ 2 2583
8. Adams, Michael g ENG 2734 . 0 . . . 0 ½ * ½ 2 2510
9. Howell, David W L g ENG 2633 0 0 . . . . ½ ½ * 2 2567
Round 1 (December 3, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Howell, David W L 1-0 40 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 45 E04 Catalan
Aronian, Levon - McShane, Luke J ½-½ 42 D15 Slav Defence
Adams, Michael - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 49 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Round 2 (December 4, 2011)
McShane, Luke J - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 83 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon 1-0 54 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Short, Nigel D - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 43 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein
Howell, David W L - Adams, Michael ½-½ 35 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Round 3 (December 5, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 41 C50 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Short, Nigel D 1-0 60 E15 Queens Indian
Anand, Viswanathan - Howell, David W L ½-½ 65 D16 Slav Lasker/Smyslov
Adams, Michael - McShane, Luke J 0-1 61 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 4 (December 6, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 55 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 49 E97 King's Indian Classical
Adams, Michael - Short, Nigel D 0-1 71 C03 French Tarrasch
Howell, David W L - McShane, Luke J 0-1 37 C45 Scotch Game

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