Vladimir Kramnik’s London Chess Classic win was very impressive even though his 4 wins and 4 draws produced a smaller margin of victory with the 3 points he got for each of his wins and just 1 for a draw. Hikaru Nakamura also impressed with what must surely be one of his best ever results. An American World Champion in the offing?
Kramnik’s win was set up with his round 8 victory of the previous unbeaten Luke McShane. McShane played an interesting exchange sacrifice but seemed to get outplayed in the endgame.
Here’s the final cross table which shows disappointing results for 3 of the Englishmen:
|1||Kramnik||2800||X||1||1||3||1||1||3||3||3||16.0 / 8||2935|
|2||Nakamura||2758||1||X||0||1||3||3||1||3||3||15.0 / 8||2888|
|3||Carlsen||2826||1||3||X||1||1||1||1||3||3||14.0 / 8||2879|
|4||McShane||2671||0||1||1||X||1||1||3||3||3||13.0 / 8||2853|
|5||Anand||2811||1||0||1||1||X||1||3||1||1||9.0 / 8||2740|
|6||Aronian||2802||1||0||1||1||1||X||3||1||1||9.0 / 8||2741|
|7||Short||2698||0||1||1||0||0||0||X||1||3||6.0 / 8||2613|
|8||Howell||2633||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||X||1||4.0 / 8||2570|
|9||Adams||2734||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||X||3.0 / 8||2499|