Michael Adams won quite easily against David Howell who overlooked a tactical
point in a sharp position and was despatched with a sacrificial attack on
The last game to finish was Vishy Anand vs Hikaru Nakamura. Your correspondent
felt slightly silly after introducing Nakamura by his â€˜H-Bomb’ nickname only
for the American number one to play the solid Berlin Wall and then defend it
doggedly for a draw after six hours play.
The games can be followed online via telegraph.co.uk/chess
Short 0-1 Kramnik
McShane 1-0 Carlsen
Adams 1-0 Howell
Anand draw Nakamura
M Adams â€“ D Howell
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0â€“0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 (5…Nd6 Is the mainline
Berlin Defence which Nakamura used against Anand) 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 bxc6
8.dxe5 Nb7 9.c4 0â€“0 10.Nc3 f6 (10…Re8 led to a calamitous lost for Nigel
Short against the Chinese girl Hou Yifan) 11.Re1 fxe5 12.Qxe5 Bf6 13.Qg3 Nc5
14.Bg5 Nd3 (14…Rb8 15.b3 d6 looks more solid) 15.Re3! Nxb2 16.Rae1 Bxg5
(16…Nxc4 17.Re7 Bxe7 18.Rxe7 with winning threats against g7; If 16…Ba6
17.Ne4!) 17.Nxg5 Qf6 18.Rf3 Qd8 19.Nce4 (Every white piece is attacking,
Black is lost) 19…Ba6 20.Nxh7! Rxf3 21.gxf3 Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Qh4 Bxc4
24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Re5! Be6 26.Qh8+ Ke7 (26…Bg8 27.Rf5+) 27.Qxg7+ Kd6 28.Ne4
L McShane â€“ M Carlsen
1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.0â€“0 Nh6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Bxh6 Bxh6
9.Nxd4 Ne5!? (9…Nxd4 10.Qxd4 0â€“0 or; 9…Bd7) 10.Qb3 0â€“0 11.Rfd1 Nd7
12.Qa3! (Anticipating Nc5) 12…a5 13.b4 Ra6 14.b5 Ra8 15.e3 a4 16.Rab1 Bg7
17.Ne4! (White has a space advantage and aims for c4-c5) 17…Qb6 18.Nc6!
Re8 (18…bxc6 19.bxc6 Qa5 (19…Qxc6?? 20.Nf6+) 20.cxd7 Bxd7 21.c5) 19.Nb4!
f5 20.Nc3 Qc5 [20…e6!] 21.Nxa4! Qa7 22.Na6! bxa6 23.b6 Nxb6 24.Rxb6 Rb8
25.c5! Be6 (25…dxc5 26.Qb3+ c4 27.Qxc4+) 26.Rdb1 dxc5 27.Rb7 Rxb7 28.Rxb7
Qa8 29.Nxc5 Qc8 (29…Bf7 30.Rxe7!) 30.Qxa6 Bf7 31.Bc6 Rd8 32.Nd7!
(Intending Qb6 and Rb8 – Carlsen is lost) 32…Rxd7 33.Bxd7 Qc1+ 34.Qf1
Qxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Bc4+ 36.Kg1 Bxa2 37.Ba4 e5 38.f3 Bh6 39.Bb3+ 1â€“0