Kramnik’s London Chess Classic Win

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:

Final Crosstable

  Name Rating                   Pnt/gms Perf
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    
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
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