2015 London Chess Classic (Round #2)

Round #2: Saturday, 5 December 2015

Anish Giri ½-½ Michael Adams
Levon Aronian ½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Magnus Carlsen ½-½ Fabiano Caruana
Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ M Vachier-Lagrave
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Alexander Grischuk

Damp squib today in anticipated matchup. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill.

Damp squib today in anticipated matchup.
Photo by Ray Morris-Hill.

Today’s games were easy to report on because there was not much action. Nakamura-MVL had a topsy-turvy battle where all three results were possible. Nakamura avoided the Grunfeld with 3.e3!? but ended up a tempo down in a Modern Benoni. This yielding of some initiative allowed black to obtain a dynamic position.

As the game progressed, it wasn’t clear who was winning. In a queenless middlegame, the pieces pranced around the board. After a dramatic series of moves, white had an exchange, but had to keep black’s queenside pawns at bay. A draw was agreed.

Anish Giri's shirt provided most of the color in today's games. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill.

Anish Giri’s shirt provided most of the color in today’s games.
Photo by Ray Morris-Hill.

In the other games, rather quiet play ensued when Giri-Adams was the first to draw despite having some play on the board. Carlsen-Caruana sidestepped the Berlin and white came out with a passed d-pawn, but the America kept an eye on it. The rook sacrifice for the perpetual check was a nice motif.

Topalov-Grischuk was a fairly tame game that whittled down to a minor piece ending. Nothing left. Aronian-Anand saw a Ragozin without much imbalance. In the end, neither side wanted to jeopardize a worse position and a three-fold repetition followed.

Games of Round #2

Games (Round #2): https://www.thechessdrum.net/palview7/london15-2.pgn

Video by CCSCSL.

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Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


    1. oh thanks again Daaim ,didnt know they sayin tals doin all this in 67, ill take a look at tals play, i just learned somthing,normally i dont look at their traditional videos unless u got one on The Chessdrum!!! hahaha.

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