London Chess Classic Round 3

  • SonofPearl
  • on 03.12.2012, 13:58.

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Round three of the London Chess Classic pitted the two early leaders Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen against each other. Between them they have also won all the previous editions of this tournament (Carlsen in 2009 and 2010, Kramnik in 2011), so the result of the game was likely to be crucial to the fate of the 2012 Classic.

Vladimir Kramnik had the white pieces and eventually won a pawn after a Symmetrical English opening.  However, Magnus proved yet again that he's a tough cookie, surviving Kramnik's best efforts to convert his advantage.  A hard-fought game was played down to bare kings on the 62nd move.

First to finish was the game between Mickey Adams and Judit Polgar.  Adams avoided a theoretical duel in the Sicilian main lines, and his choice of 3.g3 led to a pleasant opening edge, which he eventually converted to a win.

Lev Aronian's poor form continued, but despite achieving nothing with the white pieces against Vishy Anand he at least managed to get on the scoreboard with a draw.

In the last game to finish Gawain Jones held Hikaru Nakamura to a draw in a B v N ending.

Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen

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Mickey Adams beat Judit Polgar

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 3 Mickey Adams Judit Polgar.jpg



Lev Aronian drew with Vishy Anand

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 3 Lev Aronian Vishy Anand.jpg



Gawain Jones drew with Hikaru Nakamura

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 3 Gawain Jones Hikaru Nakamura.jpg



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

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 3 7
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 3 7
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 2 6
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 3 4
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 2 2
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 3 2
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 2 1
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 3 1
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 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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  • 4 lat temu


    It's a shame Radjabov didn't participate in this tournament. I'm looking forward to watching him compete against the elite chess players.

  • 4 lat temu


    draw master-anand.he wont win or lose expect against carlsen

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  • 4 lat temu


    A draw against Kramnik would be a great result for Anand in this round.

  • 4 lat temu


    Aronian seems to be off form...despite an Indian and Anand fan i am sad to see Anand only draws & draws & draws...

  • 4 lat temu


    come on JUDIT POLGAR....You are better then Aronian Levon.

  • 4 lat temu


    @elcampeon I would have to agree with @wik8.... She's the highest rated female player yet she's going up against the top players in the world. To have her as number 1 rated female and also be consider as the top 50 best players along with the men, I rather see her compete rather just take the easy way out. 

  • 4 lat temu


    @elcampeon, judit chooses to compete rather than dominate.

  • 4 lat temu


    judit should play w/ women only

  • 4 lat temu


    It is not bad that at this age Anand playing well.Seems like he is not expecting much otherthan just participation.Aronian had better record against Anand but this tournament is not for him.Kramnick or Carlsen will repeat their titles.

  • 4 lat temu


    It seemed for a while that Anand could pull his game off, but yet again he did not draw the longest straw.

  • 4 lat temu


    @ vic369 - thanks! Smile

  • 4 lat temu


    he prefers magus 

  • 4 lat temu



    just one thing there's a typo on the first picture it should be Magnus Carlsen

    other than that thanks for the article great news!

  • 4 lat temu


    Soyez s\'il vous plait pertinant, efficace et gentil!

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