Pix 1. Luke McShane vs Magnus Carlsen, Round 1, London Chess Classic 2012 (Photo by Ray Morris-Hill)
2 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The London Chess Classic 2012 got underway last night, 1 Dec 2012 in London. Eight players are playing in the Classic section. The first round registered four decisive wins for Magnus, Hikaru, Nakamura and Adams. Vishy Anand had a first round bye. For the first time we have a lady player participating in the London Chess Classic, none other than Judit Polgar of Hungary.
The Week In Chess reported that the 4th London Chess Classic started with a bang with all four games finishing decisively. Vladimir Kramnik has a tremendous record against Judit Polgar with white and he won yet again after Polgar sacrificed a piece for tactical play which seemed to be at best only just sufficient. Kramnik whilst being polite seemed to suggest that he didn't believe that the sacrifice was sound. It did take good accuracy to defuse but in the end it was Polgar who blundered. Magnus Carlsen came closer to breaking Garry Kasparov's 1999 elo peak after defeating Luke McShane with black in the first round.
Here is the round 1 win for Magnus Carlsen of Norway, playing black against the British player, Luke McShane.
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Black played 62…g2, white resigned.
Overall Table Standings (after round 1):