Today in London

The games this afternoon were not nearly as intense as they have been the last few days, but nonetheless there was still a feast of interesting chess for fans at the London Chess Classic. Short was absolutely steam-rolled by Anand’s kingside pawn storm, giving up a piece to break up the pawn-roller but not finding adequate compensation, and graciously allowing Anand to deliver mate only a few moves later. It saddens me to report that Nakamura lost to Carlsen in a tense Anglo-Dutch. Lately, Nakamura is one of the only top players to regularly whip out the Dutch Leningrad, and as a Dutch fan myself it pains me to see him ground down to a lost bishops of same color ending. Mcshane drew with Adams in a Reti, while Kramnik demonstrated a straight-foward winning plan in the Grunfeld using his passed d-pawn in his game with Howell.

Going into Round 5 tomorrow the current standings are as follows:

pl. pts.

1 1 GM Anand, Viswanathan 2804 IND 8 2902 1969 2 x black
2 7 GM McShane, Luke J 2645 ENG 8 2942 1984 1 x black
3 3 GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2791 RUS 7 2764 1975
4 2 GM Carlsen, Magnus 2802 NOR 6 2728 1990
5 4 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2741 USA 5 2752 1987 3 x black
6 5 GM Adams, Michael 2723 ENG 5 2685 1971 2 x black
7 8 GM Howell, David W L 2611 ENG 2 2572 1990
8 6 GM Short, Nigel D 2680 ENG 1 2419 1965