London Chess Classic Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 02/12/12, 13:21.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgRound two of the London Chess Classic pitted world #1 Magnus Carlsen against #2 Lev Aronian, and a dramatic 6-hour game ended in victory for the Norwegian.

So Aronian has made the worst possible start with 2 losses, while in contrast Carlsen has won his first 2 games and now has a gravity-defying live rating of 2855 Elo!

Despite lasting 6 hours, the Carlsen v Aronian clash was the first game to finish in another day of intense action!

Next to finish was the game between Judit Polgar and Gawain Jones.  For a long time it seemed that Judit had winning chances, but Gawain did well to escape with a draw.

in the other games Vladimir Kramnik kept pace with Magnus Carlsen by defeating Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces, and Luke McShane came within a whisker of beating the world champion Vishy Anand - the game ended in a draw after 108 moves!

Magnus Carlsen beat Lev Aronian. Caption competition, anyone?

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 2 Magnus Carlsen Lev Aronian.jpg
Gawain Jones escaped with a draw against Judit Polgar
London Chess Classic 2012 Round 2 Judit Polgar Gawain Jones.jpg
Vladimir Kramnik won with black against Hikaru Nakamura
London Chess Classic 2012 Round 2 Hikaru Nakamura Vladimir Kramnik.jpg
World champion Vishy Anand only just held on for a draw against Luke McShane
London Chess Classic 2012 Round 2 Vishy Anand Luke McShane.jpg



The standings after 2 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 2 6
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 2 6
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 1 3
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 2 3
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 1 1
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 2 1
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 2 1
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 2 1
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 2 0


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.

2012 London Chess Classic pairings shrink to fit.jpg

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  • 4 anni fa


    mcshane is wondering why he didnt win this one

  • 4 anni fa


    Caption for Nakamura and Kramnik:  "Look at Kamsky's score at the Tashkent Grand Prix!"

  • 4 anni fa

    IM chesskingdreamer

    in the mcshane-anand game why not 90. ...Kg4 with a tablebase mate mate in 29? And why did Anand go Ra1?Shouldn't he keep his rook in b8-a8 squares?

  • 4 anni fa


    magnus is the kasparov of this generation

  • 4 anni fa


    Magnus: "Pssst Levon, can you help me dude? I've just forgot... is Q+B stronger than Q+N or is it the other way?"

    Levon:"Hi-hi I won't tell you."

  • 4 anni fa


    Magnus: "Oh man, I really have to take a dump"

    Levon:" Hi-hi who gives a sh..."

  • 4 anni fa


    Imo Gaffneychess leads the caption competition with his previous postCool

  • 4 anni fa


    Took me a long time to see that if Aronian player 60. Re8 Carlsen would have responded with Nxd6 :)

  • 4 anni fa


    Kramnik observing mcshane-carlsen yesterday and said:                              

    “I think the position is completely drawn, so I expect Magnus to win”.

  • 4 anni fa


    Lev: "Hmmm, I feel like I need a shave."

    Magnus: "I have a razor, allow me ..."

  • 4 anni fa


    I like to see Kramnik vs Magnus and Anand vs Kramnik and Magnus vs Anand

  • 4 anni fa


    Carlsen: What are you looking up at Lev?

    Aronian: Your rating, Mags, your rating...

  • 4 anni fa


     aronian: what a beautiful screen

    carlsen: this dude is so weird!!!! 

  • 4 anni fa


    magnus: common make your move.Frown

    aronian: no i wont...make me..Tongue OutUndecided

  • 4 anni fa


    In answer to an earlier question, a player rated 50 points higher is expected to win about 58% of the time, 100 points higher wins 64%, 200 points higher wins 76%, 300 points higher wins 85% and 400 points higher wins 91% as I recall.  So if you lose to someone rated 200 points less, console yourself that they aren't a bad player compared to you and are expected to beat you one game in four.

  • 4 anni fa


    Aronian: Wait... What's the code word for the laser beam?
    Carlsen: It's "Hurr durr". 

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  • 4 anni fa


    Caption: Stop dreaming man; let's play!

  • 4 anni fa


    Carlsen: "I am going to beat you *serious face*..

    Aronian: "Oh god.. why?"

  • 4 anni fa


    Caption Contest:

    Carlson: Dude Lev, I seriously doubt your tastes...

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