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Kramnik wins again!

The crunch battle in round 8 (Ray Morris-Hill from the official site)
Vladimir Kramnik has beaten Luke McShane in the eighth round of the London Classic to take the lead going into the final round. The other three games were drawn leaving Magnus Carlsen as Kramnik's closest challenger. It was Viswanathan Anand's birthday today, the World Champion now being 42 years of age.

The eighth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
David Howell ENG 2633 0.5-0.5 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 54 Pirc Defence (Austrian)
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 33 Queen's Gambit Declined (Tartakower)
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 0.5-0.5 Nigel Short ENG 2698 90 English Opening
Luke McShane ENG 2671 0-1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 69 Spanish with d3

Michael Adams (England, 2734) sat out the eighth round whilst helping out with the live commentary.

Here is the table after eight rounds:

Rank Name Country Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Total

(3, 1, 0)

Total

(standard)

1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 ½ 1 ½ . ½ 1 1 1 15
2 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ . 1 1 13 5
3 Luke McShane ENG 2671 0 ½ * ½ ½ . 1 1 1 12
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 . 12
5 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 . ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 8
6 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 ½ ½ . 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 8
7 Nigel Short ENG 2698 0 . 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 5 2
8 David Howell ENG 2633 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½  4 2
9 Michael Adams ENG 2734 0 0 0 . ½ ½ 0 ½ * 3

Further statistics:

Position

Name

Country

Rating

(1/11/2011)

World Ranking

(1/11/2011)

Age

Games

played

Points

1

Vladimir Kramnik

RUS

2800

4

36 7 15
2

Magnus Carlsen

NOR

2826

1

21

7 13
3-4

Luke McShane 

ENG 2671 74 27

7

12
3-4

Hikaru Nakamura

USA 2758 10 24 7 12
5-6

Levon Aronian

ARM 2802 3 29 7 8
5-6

Viswanathan Anand

IND

2811

2 42 7 8
7

Nigel Short

ENG 2698 48 46 7 5
8

David Howell

ENG 2633 139 21 8 4
9

Michael Adams

ENG 2734 17 40 7 3

There are 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw in London.

The details of the earlier rounds follow on below.

First round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 0.5-0.5 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 45 Catalan with ...dxc4
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Luke McShane ENG 2671 42 Chebanenko Slav
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 David Howell ENG 2633 40 Spanish with d3
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0.5-0.5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 49 Sicilian Najdorf

Second round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Nigel Short ENG 2698 0-1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 43 Four Knights Rubinstein
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 1-0 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 54 Queen's Gambit 3...Be7
Luke McShane ENG 2671 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 79 Spanish Neo-Archangel
David Howell ENG 2633 0.5-0.5 Michael Adams ENG 2734 35 Spanish Anti-Marshall

Third round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 1-0 Nigel Short ENG 2698 60 Queen's Indian Defence
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 41 Quiet Italian
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0-1 Luke McShane ENG 2671 61 Spanish with d3
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 David Howell ENG 2633 65 Slav Defence

Fourth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0-1 Nigel Short ENG 2698 71 French Tarrasch
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 0.5-0.5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 55 Nimzoindian with g3.
David Howell ENG 2633 0-1 Luke McShane ENG 2671 37 Scotch Opening
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0-1 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 49 King's Indian Classical Bayonnet

Fifth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 1-0 Michael Adams ENG 2734 55 Bogoljubov Defence
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 55 Chebanenko Slav
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 1-0 David Howell ENG 2633 38 English Opening
Nigel Short  ENG 2698 0-1 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 62 Sicilian Moscow Variation

Sixth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 39 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Michael Adams ENG 2734 0.5-0.5 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 34 Spanish Berlin
Luke McShane ENG 2671 0.5-0.5 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 31 Sicilian 3.g3
David Howell ENG 2633  0.5-0.5 Nigel Short ENG 2698 36 French Tarrasch

Seventh round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening details
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 25 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 Michael Adams ENG 2734 34 Nimzoindian Defence
Nigel Short ENG 2698 0-1 Luke McShane ENG 2671 36 King's Gambit
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 1-0 David Howell ENG 2633 36 Queen's Gambit Accepted

The playing schedule (local time):

Rounds 1 to 3, the 3rd to 5th of December at 2pm.

Round 4 on the 6th of December at 4pm.

(Rest day on the 7th of December)

Rounds 5-8, the 8th to the 11th of December at 2pm.

Round 9 will be on the 12th of December at 12 noon.

For Los Angeles subtract eight hours.

For New York subtract five hours.

For Paris and Madrid, add one hour.

For Moscow add three hours.

For Mumbai add five-and-a-half hours.

For Sydney add eleven hours.

More information from the official site: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/classic.htm


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