London Chess Classic 2012 – round 1

The 1st round of this elite event has been played yesterday. All games were decisive!

McShane-Carlsen 0-1
Aronian-Nakamura 0-1
Kramnik-Polgar 1-0
Jones-Adams 0-1

Khanty Mansiysk – final/tie-breaks

The first game was drawn. It was wild to say the least! 🙂 See for yourself :). I haven’t seen a 2 Bishops vs 1 Bishop endgame in a while!

The 2nd game was even more interesting:

And so, Ushenina is the new World Champion!

FIDE Grand Prix 2012 – Tashkent (Uzbekistan) – Round 8

After 7 rounds Karjakin and Caruana are leading the event (they are playing each other today!).

Pairings or round 8

Caruana-Karjakin 1/2
Svidler-Kasimdzhanov 1/2
Morozevich-Wang Hao 1/2
Mamedyarov-Ponomariov 1/2
Kamsky-Leko 0-1
Gelfand-Dominguez 1/2

The leaders drew each other and continue to lead. Four players – Mamedyarov, Kasimdzhanov, Morozevich and Leko – are behind them.

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Khanty Mansiysk – final/game 4 (of 4 classical ones)

Today the 4th game was played. Stefanova (White) got a slightly better position after the opening, but then Ushenina made some inaccuracies and then mistakes to get to a lost position. Here is the game:

Thus, Stefanova equalized and will be playing tie-breaks!