London: Kramnik Crashes McShane’с Hopes and Takes the Соул Lead

McShane — Kramnik, the only decisive game of the 8th round of London Classic, was last to end. 

The opponents' chances were uncertain for quite a long тайм, but after Englishman sacrificing an exchange it seemed that he could grab, at least, a draw.  


Instead of 28.Qc4 following interesting variants were discussed on the эйр of Chess-News Live:  28.Rg1!? Rg8 29.Rxg8+ Kxg8 30.Qxa5. No doubt that this continuation looks pretty risky for White and needs a careful calculation; it'с uncertain how White can win in this position. for instance,  30…Qg4 31.Qa8+! Rf8 32.Qxb7 Qg3+ 33.Kf1 f3 34.Qd5+ Rf7 (there'с no 34…Kh8? because of 35.Bxf6+ Rxf6 36.Qd8+) 35.Qd8+ with a draw.

English General Motors started to commit serious inaccuracies later. Even though Kramnik missed  a strong 39…f2!, another wonderful шанс 41…f5+!, was used by Russian in full. On 46th move White won a rook and after some technical difficulties scored success. 

Kramnik  takes a sole lead.  

[Event «3rd London Chess Classic»] [Site «London ENG»] [Date «2011.12.11»] [Round «8»] [White «McShane, Luke»] [Black «Kramnik, Vladimir»] [Result «0-1″] [ECO «C65″] [PlyCount «138»] [EventDate «2011.??.??»] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. b3 Bg4 7. Nbd2 Nd7 8. Bb2 f6 9. Nf1 Nf8 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Ne6 12. Ne3 Qd7 13. h4 a5 14. a4 O-O 15. h5 Bxe3 16. Qxe3 c5 17. Qh3 Qc6 18. O-O Nf4 19. Qh2 Qe8 20. h6 g5 21. g3 Ne6 22. f4 gxf4 23. gxf4 Nxf4 24. Rxf4 exf4 25. Kf2 Rf7 26. Qh5 Qe6 27. Qxc5 Kh8 28. Qc4 Re8 29. Rh1 Qd7 30. Qb5 Re6 31. Qxd7 Rxd7 32. Rg1 Rc6 33. Kf3 Rd8 34. Rg5 Rf8 35. Rg2 Rg8 36. Rh2 Rg1 37. d4 Rf1+ 38. Kg4 f3 39. d5 Rd6 40. c4 Kg8 41. c5 f5+ 42. Kxf5 Rg6 43. Bd4 Rd1 44. Be3 Rg2 45. Rh3 f2 46. Bxf2 Rxf2+ 47. Ke6 Rf7 48. d6 c6 49. Ke5 Kf8 50. Rh2 Rg1 51. b4 axb4 52. Rb2 Rg5+ 53. Ke6 Rg6+ 54. Ke5 Rxh6 55. a5 Rh5+ 56. Ke6 Rh6+ 57. Ke5 Rh5+ 58. Ke6 Ke8 59. a6 Rh6+ 60. Ke5 bxa6 61. Rxb4 Ra7 62. Rb8+ Kf7 63. Rc8 Re6+ 64. Kf5 a5 65. Rh8 Rf6+ 66. Ke5 Kg7 67. Rc8 a4 68. Rxc6 a3 69. d7 a2 0-1your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

Standing after Round 8:
1-3. Kramnik — 15 points (out of 7 games)
2. Carlsen — 13 (7)
3-4. McShane and Nakamura  — 12 (7)
5-6. Aronian and Anand — 8 (7)
7. Short — 5 (7)
8. Howell — 4 (8)
9. Adams — 3 (7)

The last and decisive round fred take place at 16:00 MSK Тайм. Pairings: Kramnik — Aronian, Short — Carlsen, McShane — Anand, Nakamura — Adams. As in SanPaulo/Bilbao so in Moscow Carlsen managed to grab overall victories in the final rounds, which means Kramnik'с fans can hardly be calm. On the other hand it'с hard to believe that the luck fred be on Norwegian'с side for the third in a row. 

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