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Carlsen Breaks Chess Rating Record!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 04.12.2012, 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!

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Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik cancelled each other out

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Hikaru Nakamura and Mickey Adams played down to bare Kings

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Luke Mcshane and Lev Aronian had an amazing game

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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

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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!

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  • 20 miesięcy temu

    wik8

    can anyone tell me when was the last time Anand won a game?

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    hdruschel

    Aha. I saw the knight block but I didn't realize quite how bad it would be if he was forced to use the other knight. Thanks!

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    marklimpin

    I thought peter leko is the draw master i'm totally wrong its anand is the draw masterCool

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    geographybuff

    Levon Aronian new that Luke would promote to a knight because promoting to a queen would mean getting mated at move 73


    . McShane lasted until move 76 because he knew this too.

    There are other variations, but I'll just say it's mate no matter what. Very cool game.

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    hdruschel

    Anybody want to enlighten a beginner on why McShane underpromoted?

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Sahasrara

    Part of the reason why the ratings are so high among new players is because they have access to computers. The old-school players relied on their own analysis and analysis of their coaches, partners, etc... So I do not agree about rating inflation. Now players have access to thousands of books and game databases within a click of a button. 

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Razdomillie

    I think the point is that he has broken the record for live ratings.

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    DESTROYER8

    Cruiseylee, playing games is the point of chess, yeah its cool to have such a good rating, but u act like a wimp not playing a whole month. the rating doesn't matter even if u've broken one of the highest acheivements

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Cruiseylee78

    As some have said Magnus has broke nothing yet. The live rating means nothing. He needs to keep it up till the end of the tourney then it will mean something ;)  And he needs to make sure he plays no other games till the list is published lol.

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    RulebyForce

    what was the reasoning of giving up the queen the way Gawain did in his match against Magnus?  I dont see it......

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Lawdoginator

    Magnus is the Man! 

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    UkrChess

    McShane vs Aronian - awesome stuff!

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Kingpatzer

    @SonofPearl Being teh top rated player in the world in the future may well be worth significantly more prestige than the WCh title. Particularly if FIDE continues to much around with formats so that it's more "exciting." 

    "Exciting" formats, like knock-outs, ensure excitement but they are exciting precisely because the best match player is not given a reasonable guarantee of victory.  

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    SonofPearl

    @ Adrian_Kinnersley yes, all rating records will be broken eventually, but no-one can take away the achievement of winning the world championship. Cool

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    "that's all that's left for Magnus to achieve in terms of rating records"

    Well, he would probably like to keep increasing his rating so that it is more likely to stand up to future generations, especially if this "ratings inflation" thing everyone talks about is for real.

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    SonofPearl

    @ Kingpatzer - yes, that's all that's left for Magnus to achieve in terms of rating records. 

    I'd like to see him in a match for the world championship as soon as possible. Hopefully next year!

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Kingpatzer

    The only ratings that are official are the FIDE published ratings. That's the record that matters, and Carlsen can still end up below Mr. Kasparov if he falters. 

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    APawnCanDream

    England should be proud of their players performances today, while Jones and Mcshane both lost they played with incredible creativity and guts against the number one and two players in the world and both games were very entertaining to watch. Adams drew his game and that game was entertaining as well. Well done chaps! I wonder if Carlsen will be able to break 2860 this tournament and keep it for the next FIDE rating update, that would be an impressive feat for being 50-60 points above his nearest rival in todays chess world.

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    EternalChess

    It was amazing when Jones sac'd queen for 2 pieces and Carlsen only had a +0.6 advantage according to Houdini! But Jones did not play accurate at all near the ending and collapsed rather easily.

  • 20 miesięcy temu

    Kulub1

    Game of the year for sure. Luke vs Aronian was incredible.

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