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Carlsen Breaks Chess Rating Record!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 04/12/12, 14:16.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgWhen Magnus Carlsen won his fourth round game against Gawain Jones in the London Chess Classic today, he not only took the sole lead in the tournament - he also achieved the highest ever 'live' Elo rating.

It was a fighting display by the 2012 British Champion, but Magnus Carlsen was just too good and his live rating is now an incredible 2857.4 Elo.

The next game to finish was the encounter between Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.  Unfortunately, the position became completely blocked by pawn chains and the players agreed a draw once they reached the first time control.

If anyone find's the world champion's mojo, can they send it back c/o the London Chess Classic? Wink

Hikaru Nakamura's game with Mickey Adams was considerably more interesting, but the end result was also a draw.

The last game to finish was a crazy battle between Luke McShane and Lev Aronian. The game was amazing: four connected passed pawns for white, followed by two black Queens on the board, then underpromotion to a knight, before McShane was checkmated on move 76.  Now that's entertainment!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the tournament's only rest day, so round five is on Thursday.

The Sicilian eh?  Gawain Jones goes down fighting against Magnus Carlsen!

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 4 Magnus Carlsen Gawain Jones.jpg



Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik cancelled each other out

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 4 Vishy Anand Vladimir Kramnik.jpg


Hikaru Nakamura and Mickey Adams played down to bare Kings

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 4 Hikaru Nakamura Miskey Adams.jpg



Luke Mcshane and Lev Aronian had an amazing game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 4 Luke McShane Lev Aronian.jpg



The standings after 4 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 4 10
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 4 8
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 3 7
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 4 5
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 4 4
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 3 3
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 4 2
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 3 1
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 3 1


The 2012 London Chess Classic runs from 1-10 December , with one rest day on the 5th December. Games start at 14:00 GMT, except round four (16:00), and the final round (12:00).

The time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, then 30 minutes to finish.  The 'Bilbao' style 3-1-0 scoring system is being used.

In the event of tied scores at the end of the competition, tie breaks are 1) # of wins 2) # of wins with black, 3) head-to-head result. If these mathematical tiebreakers are not enough, then there will be rapid tie-break games and if needed, a final sudden death game.

More information on all the London Chess Classic events is at the official website, including live games and video commentary.

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.  Games via TWIC.

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Another packed auditorium at the London Chess Classic today!

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 4 auditorium 2.jpg

Letto 21442 volte 64 commenti
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  • 3 anni fa


    wow ! GO CARLSEN GO !

  • 3 anni fa


    Maybe its cool Magnus breaks records, but sooner or later he is going to break emotional too, his altitude just predicts it.

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    Anand has the luck of the draw!  ha ha

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    Anand is a lean, mean drawing machine! Hopefully Magnus can do something to upset his drawing streak! 

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    Just wondering, but wasn't Kasparov's highest live peak at 2857.7?

  • 3 anni fa


    Mark Limpin wrote: "I thought peter leko is the draw master i'm totally wrong its anand is the draw masterCool"

    Ahem ...


    ... on another note: Carlsen plays great and will undoubtedly break the rating record of Kaspy. But the ratings record is not the highest peak Kaspy can point to. Only when Magnus holds the WC title for 15+ years, Kaspy will be eclipsed. Just one viewpoint, of course.

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    Anand is noting bad lost huge from kasparov , i'm sure kasparov can beat him still in the WC !!!!

  • 3 anni fa


    Not true carslen was 14 years old and a IM kasprov won from him ! with  black kasparov won and it was a great game , I kasparov is my favorite not carlsen !

  • 3 anni fa


    @hdruschel: Aronian was threatening Qh5+, then after Nh6 (only legal move) he would win with Qb1+. Fantastic underpromotion, but too late to save the game.

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  • 3 anni fa


    Actually he broke the live rating record soo that's something.

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    Back when Kasparov set the rating record the official rating lists were quarterly (I think?) and when the first lists were compiled they were 6 monthly/yearly?  Now they are published every month, and perhaps in the future the official list will be updated every day.  In which case, the official ratings will be 'live' ratings and there will be no difference.

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    Now it would have been even more unusual if McShane already had two knights on the board, so that the underpromotion would result in not just the unusual two black queens but also three white knights.  Okay, next time... Wink

  • 3 anni fa


    At move 52, why didn't McShane play Rf6+, winning Black's remaining Pawn?

  • 3 anni fa


    Anand draw again.Very nice he he he....

  • 3 anni fa


    As always Magnus beat em' all

  • 3 anni fa


    Congratulations, Mr. Magnus Carlsen, on an extraordinary and historic achievement.

  • 3 anni fa


    live rating means NOTHING at all. wait till the official Fide rating list is published in february or march...

  • 3 anni fa


    This tendency to sac queens...lol...just can't agree with that. Everyone can't be fischer or Tal so face it gents!

  • 3 anni fa


    carlsen looks  so confident about his game that he is really taking off away from everyone else, people say that kasparov but dont forget that carlsen draw at the age of 13  agaisnt kasparov in a game in which he had a clear chance of winning.  

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