Saturday, 8 December 2012

London Chess Classic - Round six

There were many interesting things in sixth round of London Chess Classic.
Magnus Carlsen is unstoppable. He won once more, this time against Judit Polgar. It means that he has 5,5 out of 6 in traditional scoring system, but if you are playing as Magnus plays at the moment, it does not matter what is the scoring system.
It is fair to say that even Vladimir Kramnik plays in a very good form, but still his 4,5 out of 6 (+3) is not enough for more then the second place.
Adams was very unlucky yesterday, but today he got everything back in the game against World Champion, Anand.

Here are the results of the sixth round:

Vishy Anand - Michael Adams           0-1
Luke McShane - Gewain Jones         1-0
Levon Aronian - Vladimir Kramnik    draw
Magnus Carlsen - Judit Polgar           1-0

I will publish both tables, with classical scoring and scoring with the three points for a win (I will not call it the football scoring system as I do not like scoring system with 3 points for a win in football).

Classical scoring

London scoring

It is fair to start with the game of Magnus Carlsen.He played as usual, without to much ambition in the opening. Judit defended with a version of The Hedgehog System.
Somewhere around the time control, Judit went wrong and Magnus got substantial advantage in the endgame. He converted it without difficulties.

This is the position when he went:

50. Kf4

in order to bring his king to h6.
What is he going to do there? Maybe to win a pawn on h7?
Of course not. He wants to play Rg7 with a mate on g8, and if knight from f8 moves (then Judit´s rook can defend mate on g8) then it is a mate on h7.

51. Ke5 ...and soon was all over.

In the game between Aronian and Kramnik one could expect from both players to be satisfied with a draw. Aronian because he is not doing well in London, and Kramnik because he is very pragmatic player who almost always plays for a draw with black pieces.
He played The Berlin Wall and there were no many chances for Aronian.
Kramnik had some chances but nothing serious.
McShane won his first game in the tournament against Jones.
It was quite complicated fight and it seems that McShane will avoid the last place in the tournament.
In the game between unambitious Anand and rock-solid Adams one could expect a draw.
It seemed to be very technical game with no realistic winning chances for some of the players when they reached the position on the next diagram.

Anand played:

41. Bc4 ??

He lost control over d1, and Adams could just take the whole point.


With an idea of Ra1 and mate on h1.

42. Qh6

The only serious try.
42. Bf1, Bh3+  -+
42. Bxe6, Ra1
43. Bxf7+, Kg7! -+

Adams played:

42...Bh3+  0-1

If he played
than Anand could even win the game with:
43. Rc8+!, Bxc8
44. Qxg6+, Kh8
45. Qf6+!, Kh7
46. Qxf7+, Kh6
47. Qf8+, Kg6
48. Bf7+, Kf6
49. Bg8+, Kg6
50. Qf7+, Kh6
51. Qf6#

You can see the games in the chess viewer:

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