9th London Chess Classic 2017 Round 1

9th London Chess Classic 2017 Round 1

Carlsen on his draw vs. Caruana: It’s disappointing, but I also have to give props to him for good defence
Magnus Carlsen while Kasparov is on hand to support Fabiano Caruana opened the 2017 edition of LondonChess with an invitation to the English Opening (1.c4). It was met with Magnus Carlsen's cold-blooded "We'll see."
[Event "9th London Chess Classic 2017"] [Site "London"] [Date "2017.12.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D27"] [WhiteElo "2837"] [BlackElo "2799"] [Annotator "ChessBase"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:3600+30"] 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} dxc4 { [%emt 0:00:30]} 3. e3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 4. Bxc4 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 5. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 6. O-O {[%emt 0:00:30]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 7. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:00: 52]} 8. Nc3 {[%emt 0:03:50]} b6 {[%emt 0:01:33]} 9. e4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} cxd4 { [%emt 0:00:31]} 10. Nxd4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:01:25]} 11. Be3 { [%emt 0:00:30]} Bc5 {[%emt 0:04:53]} 12. f3 {[%emt 0:03:42]} O-O {[%emt 0:02: 08]} 13. Qe1 {[%emt 0:04:26]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:09:32]} 14. Qf2 {[%emt 0:01:01]} b5 {[%emt 0:02:32]} 15. Rac1 {[%emt 0:06:20]} Qe7 {[%emt 0:03:07]} 16. a4 { [%emt 0:07:41]} bxa4 {[%emt 0:16:18]} 17. Nxa4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bd6 {[%emt 0: 00:50]} 18. Nb3 {[%emt 0:02:51]} Bc6 {[%emt 0:12:08]} 19. Nc3 {[%emt 0:06:32]} Rb8 {[%emt 0:03:17]} 20. Na5 {[%emt 0:00:56]} Ba8 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 21. Nc4 { [%emt 0:04:06]} Bc5 {[%emt 0:08:58]} 22. Rfd1 {[%emt 0:02:38]} Rfc8 {[%emt 0: 06:41]} 23. Na4 {[%emt 0:06:21]} Bxe3 {[%emt 0:02:07]} 24. Qxe3 {[%emt 0:00:30] } Qb4 {[%emt 0:03:00]} 25. Qa3 {[%emt 0:01:13]} h6 {[%emt 0:04:24]} 26. Kf1 { [%emt 0:21:01]} g5 {[%emt 0:04:41]} 27. Rc3 {[%emt 0:16:16]} a5 {[%emt 0:07:46] } 28. Qxb4 {[%emt 0:03:18]} axb4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 29. Rcc1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kf8 {[%emt 0:01:23]} 30. Na5 {[%emt 0:00:36]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:04:10]} 31. Kf2 { [%emt 0:00:30]} Rxc1 {[%emt 0:02:40]} 32. Rxc1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ne8 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 33. Ke3 {[%emt 0:01:45]} Nd6 {[%emt 0:01:34]} 34. Nc5 {[%emt 0:01:56]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:01:47]} 35. Nab3 {[%emt 0:01:25]} f5 {[%emt 0:01:11]} 36. Nxd7 { [%emt 0:01:53]} Rxc1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 37. Nxc1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kxd7 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 38. Nd3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} fxe4 {[%emt 0:03:03]} 39. fxe4 {[%emt 0:00:30] } Ke7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 40. e5 {[%emt 0:06:10]} Nf5+ {[%emt 1:01:17]} 41. Kf2 { [%emt 1:00:30]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 42. Bd1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} b3 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} 43. Nb4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bd5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 44. g3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bc4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 45. Ke3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf5+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} 46. Ke4 { [%emt 0:00:00]} Kd7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 47. g4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Ne7 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} 48. Kd4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bf1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 49. Bxb3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Be2 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 50. h3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bf1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 51. Nd3 { [%emt 0:00:00]} Nc6+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} 52. Kc5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bxd3 {[%emt 0: 00:00]} 53. Ba4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Be4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 54. Kb6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Bd5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 1/2-1/2

Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are next to finish, as they also agree a draw after a move repetition.Photo: Lennart Ootes

[Event "9th London Chess Classic 2017"] [Site "London"] [Date "2017.12.01"] [Round "1"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A04"] [WhiteElo "2788"] [BlackElo "2789"] [Annotator "TA RC"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] {[%evp 13,61,9,6,4,9,8,8,0,14,19,15,17,12,16,21,8,8,4,7,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,-5, -5,0,-12,-6,0,0,0,0,-1,-9,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. Nf3 c5 2. b3 b6 3. Bb2 Bb7 4. c4 Nf6 5. g3 e6 6. Bg2 {A30: Symmetrical English: Double Fianchetto and Hedgehog} Be7 7. Nc3 (7. O-O O-O 8. d4 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. a3 a5 12. Nbd2 Na6 13. Qb1 Nf6 14. Ng5 {1-0 (14) Yu,Y (2749)-Xu,X (2536) Beijing 2017 }) 7... O-O {LiveBook: 10 Games. The position is equal.} 8. d4 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. dxc5 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Qxd1+ 12. Rxd1 Bxc5 13. O-O Rc8 $146 14. Bb2 a5 15. a3 Bf8 16. Rc1 Nd7 17. Nd2 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 b5 19. Rfd1 Nc5 20. Bd4 f6 21. Bxc5 Rxc5 22. Rxc5 Bxc5 $11 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRN} 23. Nb1 Be7 24. Rc1 Rd8 25. Kf1 Kf7 26. Ke1 Ke8 27. Rc6 Rd6 28. Rc8+ Rd8 29. Rc6 Rd6 30. Rc8+ Rd8 31. Rc6 { Precision: White = 76%, Black = 86%.} 1/2-1/2

The first game of the tournament is over, as Nepomniachtchi-Aronian finished in a draw. Photo:Lennart Ootes

[Event "9th London Chess Classic 2017"] [Site "London"] [Date "2017.12.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2729"] [BlackElo "2805"] [Annotator "RC"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:3600+30"] 1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc6 { [%emt 0:00:30]} 3. Bb5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 4. Ba4 {[%emt 0:00: 30]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 5. O-O {[%emt 0:00:30]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 6. d3 { [%emt 0:00:30]} b5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 7. Bb3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 8. a3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} O-O {[%emt 0:01:38]} 9. Nc3 {[%emt 0:04:02]} Bg4 { [%emt 0:00:30]} 10. Be3 {[%emt 0:00:43]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 11. Bxd4 { [%emt 0:00:49]} exd4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 12. Nd5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nxd5 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 13. Bxd5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 14. Bc6 {[%emt 0:01:21]} Bf6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 15. a4 {[%emt 0:02:34]} Bd7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 16. Bxd7 { [%emt 0:06:39]} Qxd7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 17. Qd2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rfe8 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 18. Rfe1 {[%emt 0:03:08]} h6 {[%emt 0:01:13]} 19. axb5 {[%emt 0:03:05]} axb5 {[%emt 0:00:57]} 20. Ra6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} c5 {[%emt 0:17:46]} 21. h3 { [%emt 0:02:23]} c4 {[%emt 0:18:32]} 22. Qb4 {[%emt 0:11:03]} Qb7 {[%emt 0:11: 39]} 23. Rea1 {[%emt 0:07:39]} cxd3 {[%emt 0:13:58]} 24. cxd3 {[%emt 0:00:46]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 25. Ra7 {[%emt 0:04:42]} Qc6 {[%emt 0:00:46]} 26. R7a6 { [%emt 0:12:20]} Qb7 {[%emt 0:01:05]} 27. Ra7 {[%emt 0:09:44]} Qc6 {[%emt 0:00: 30]} 28. R7a6 {[%emt 0:03:06]} 1/2-1/2
[Event "9th London Chess Classic 2017"] [Site "London"] [Date "2017.12.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2760"] [Annotator "TA"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] {[%evp 24,60,22,25,30,26,33,24,45,35,74,20,30,0,0,0,0,-1,0,0,0,0,0,-26,-12,-12, 0,0,2,0,0,0,10,0,0,0,0,0,12]} 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. Qxc4 a6 7. Qc2 c5 8. Nc3 Qc7 {A13: English Opening: 1...e6} (8... Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. d4 Qe7 11. Rd1 h6 12. Bf4 Bxf4 13. gxf4 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Rd8 15. e3 Nf8 16. Na4 {1/2-1/2 (51) Grandelius,N (2649)-Carlsen,M (2851) Stavanger 2016}) 9. d4 b6 10. Bf4 Bd6 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. O-O Bb7 13. Rfd1 {LiveBook: 4 Games} O-O $146 ({Predecessor:} 13... Rc8 14. e4 cxd4 15. Nxd4 Qb8 16. Qe2 {1-0 (39) Andersen,M (2464)-Meijers,V (2478) Korbach 2012}) 14. e4 {[#] Hoping for e5.} cxd4 15. Nxd4 {aiming for e5!} Qc7 16. Rac1 Rac8 17. Qd2 (17. f4 $16) 17... Qb8 $1 $11 18. Qe2 b5 19. a3 g6 20. Qe3 Rfd8 21. h3 Ba8 22. Nde2 Kg7 23. b3 h5 24. Rd2 {The position is equal.} Qb6 25. Qxb6 Nxb6 26. Rxd8 Rxd8 27. e5 Nfd7 28. Bxa8 Rxa8 29. f4 Nc5 30. Nd4 Rd8 {Precision: White = 64%, Black = 57%.} 1/2-1/2

Looks like a strange thought has just crossed the mind of GM Hikaru in his game against vishy Photo: John Saunders

Vishy was pressing for most of the game, but Nakamura-Anand eventually ended in a draw. Photo: Lennart Ootes 

[Event "9th London Chess Classic 2017"] [Site "London"] [Date "2017.12.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A05"] [WhiteElo "2781"] [BlackElo "2782"] [Annotator "RC"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:3600+30"] 1. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:40]} 2. g3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} d5 { [%emt 0:00:30]} 3. Bg2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 4. O-O {[%emt 0:00: 30]} g6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 5. d4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 6. Nxd4 { [%emt 0:00:30]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 7. Nb3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:03: 09]} 8. Nc3 {[%emt 0:01:31]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 9. e4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} d4 { [%emt 0:03:51]} 10. Na4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} O-O {[%emt 0:04:36]} 11. c3 {[%emt 0: 01:29]} dxc3 {[%emt 0:03:47]} 12. Nxc3 {[%emt 0:02:13]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 13. Be3 {[%emt 0:06:57]} Bg4 {[%emt 0:08:09]} 14. f3 {[%emt 0:03:49]} Be6 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 15. Nc5 {[%emt 0:00:35]} Qe7 {[%emt 0:00:44]} 16. Nxe6 {[%emt 0:00:55]} Qxe6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 17. Qd2 {[%emt 0:06:14]} Rfd8 {[%emt 0:10:25]} 18. Qf2 { [%emt 0:00:36]} Bf8 {[%emt 0:00:55]} 19. h3 {[%emt 0:06:34]} Bb4 {[%emt 0:02: 52]} 20. Rac1 {[%emt 0:06:51]} Rd3 {[%emt 0:05:29]} 21. Rfd1 {[%emt 0:00:45]} Rad8 {[%emt 0:02:11]} 22. Rxd3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rxd3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 23. Bf1 { [%emt 0:00:30]} Rd8 {[%emt 0:03:02]} 24. a3 {[%emt 0:04:20]} Be7 {[%emt 0:04: 59]} 25. g4 {[%emt 0:04:06]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:07:20]} 26. Kh2 {[%emt 0:19:31]} h6 { [%emt 0:07:42]} 27. h4 {[%emt 0:06:33]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:01:26]} 28. g5 {[%emt 0: 10:20]} hxg5 {[%emt 0:01:57]} 29. hxg5 {[%emt 0:01:28]} Nh7 {[%emt 0:18:41]} 30. Bh3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Qb3 {[%emt 0:01:08]} 31. f4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc6 { [%emt 0:01:13]} 32. Nd5 {[%emt 0:14:48]} exf4 {[%emt 0:02:27]} 33. Bxf4 { [%emt 0:00:30]} Bxg5 {[%emt 0:04:37]} 34. Bxg5 {[%emt 0:01:01]} Nxg5 {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 35. Qf6+ {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kh6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 36. Bg2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nh7 {[%emt 0:01:55]} 37. Qxf7 {[%emt 0:07:09]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:56]} 38. Qc7 { [%emt 0:00:37]} Qxb2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 39. Rh1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Qf2 {[%emt 0:00: 30]} 40. Kh3 {[%emt 0:01:05]} Rf7 {[%emt 1:01:24]} 41. Qg3 {[%emt 1:00:30]} Qb2 {[%emt 0:04:50]} 42. Ne3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 43. Bf3 { [%emt 0:00:00]} Kh7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 44. Nf5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 1/2-1/2
th London Classic 2017 London (ENG), 29 xi-11 xii 2017 cat. XXII (2779)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2837 * . . . . . ½ . . . ½ 2799
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2781 . * . . . . . ½ . . ½ 2782
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 . . * . . . . . ½ . ½ 2729
4. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2789 . . . * ½ . . . . . ½ 2788
5. So, Wesley g USA 2788 . . . ½ * . . . . . ½ 2789
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 . . . . . * . . . ½ ½ 2715
7. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2799 ½ . . . . . * . . . ½ 2837
8. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2782 . ½ . . . . . * . . ½ 2781
9. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2729 . . ½ . . . . . * . ½ 2805
10. Adams, Michael g ENG 2715 . . . . . ½ . . . * ½ 2760
Round 1 (December 1, 2017)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 54 D27 QGA
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 44 A05 Various
So, Wesley - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 31 A04 Dutch System
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 28 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Adams, Michael - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 30 A13 Reti Opening
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