Dec 12

Results after round three:

Hikaru Nakamura, U.S.A. (2767) – Viswanathan Anand, India (2792) draw

Michael Adams, England (2745) – Vladimir Kramnik, Russia (2760) draw

Fabiano Caruana, Italy (2839) – Anish Giri, Netherland (2776) draw

Nakamura – Anand had the original Evansgambit on the board which is regarded as a better gambit opening than the King’s Gambit. After all, the problem with 1.e4 e5 2.f4?! is that it immediately ruins the White kingside. We are sure to see this old romantic opening 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4!? more on this level. The two other games were in stark contrast starting off with the very solid Berlin Defence in the Spanish opening. The longest and most exciting Berlin endgame was that betweeen Adams – Kramnik. Kramnik, in his desire for a win, eventually had to fight for a draw in the end. This kind of game suits Adams and Kramnik very well since it matches their style of play. Kramnik has only lost two games in this opening, one time against Kasparov in Astana 2001, and the second time against Karjakin in the Russian Championship in Moscow 2011. In both games the breakthrough e5-e6 prepared the ground for the win. We are sure to see more games of these encounters in the Berlin Defence since it is regarded as very safe and dynamic, containing all the ingredients you can find in chess.

Round 4 has the following meetings:

Viswanathan Anand, India (2792) – Anish Giri, Netherland (2776)

Vladimir Kramnik, Russia (2760) – Fabiano Caruana, Italy (2839)

Hikaru Nakamura, U.S.A. (2767) – Michael Adams, England (2745)

Note that round 4-5 will be played 14.00 – 21.00. The games can be followed live at chess24.com with verbal annotations by different English grandmasters and masters. More information at Londonchessclassic.com

A young Vladimir Kramnik. (Photo: Stefan 64, 1993 - Wikimedia)


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