Thursday, 9 December 2010

London begins

The 2010 London Chess Classic started last night (Canberra time) and already there is plenty to talk about. The big shock was Luke McShane's win over Magnus Carlsen, where it is pretty safe to say that Carlsen was simply outplayed. Kramnik began with a win over Nigel Short, while Anand and Nakamura played a long draw. Interestingly the Adams v Howell game started with the same opening as Anand v Nakamura, bur rather than a long draw, Adams launched a decisive attack.
In the Womens Invitational Canberra WFM Shannon Oliver got of to the best possible start with a win over top seed Susan Lalic. And playing in the 160+ player Open is IM Aleks Wohl, although he was upset in the first round by a 2043 English opponent.

Adams,Michael (2723) - Howell,David (2611) [C67]
2nd London Chess Classic London ENG (1), 08.12.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.dxe5 Nb7 9.c4 0-0 10.Nc3 f6 11.Re1 fxe5 12.Qxe5 Bf6 13.Qg3 Nc5 14.Bg5 Nd3 15.Re3 Nxb2 16.Rae1 Bxg5 17.Nxg5 Qf6 18.Rf3 Qd8 19.Nce4 Ba6 (D)
20.Nxh7 Rxf3 21.gxf3 Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Qh4 Bxc4 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Re5 Be6 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxg7+ Kd6 28.Ne4# 1-0


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TrueFiendish said...

McShane was magnificent against Carlsen, no shame in losing that one. Magnus bounced back in the second.