Kramnik 0-1 Nakamura, Nimzo-Indian 4.g3, 54 moves;

Howell draw Anand, Sicilian Defence 3.Bb5+, 50;

Carlsen 1-0 Adams, English Opening, 49;

Short 0-1 McShane Sicilian Dragon, 52.

The second London Chess Classic is using the three points for a win scoring
system.

Scores: 1 McShane 6/6; 2 Nakamura 4; 3-4 Adams, Kramnik 3; 5 Anand 2; 6
Short 0

The games can be followed online via telegraph.co.uk/chess

N Short – L McShane

2nd London Chess Classic (2)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 Nc6
9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.0–0–0 Rc8?! (Black usually plays 11…Ne5 to stop
the bishop coming to c4) 12.Bc4 Qd7 13.Bb3 Na5 14.h4 (Black’s position looks
precarious) 14…Nc4 (14…Rxc3 15.bxc3) 15.Qd3 (15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.h5 Rxc3
17.Qxc3 Nxe4 18.Qd3) 15…Qc6 (After 15…Nxe3 16.Qxe3 Black has
insufficient counterplay) 16.Ne2 Nd7 (16…Nxb2 17.Bxe6+ Kh8 18.Kxb2 Nxg4+
19.Bd4) 17.Nd4 Qa6 18.f4! (18.Nxe6 Bxb2+ 19.Kb1 Rxf3) 18…e5 19.fxe5 Ndxe5
20.Qe2 Kh8 21.h5! gxh522.g5 (The win was there: 22.Rxh5 Nxe3 23.Qh2!! N5c4
24.Rxh7+ Kg8 25.Rh1!! Rf7 26.Rh8+; or 22.Rxh5 Nxe3 23.Qh2 N5c4 24.Rxh7+ Kg8
25.Rh1 Qa5 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Qh7+ Kf6 28.Bxc4 Rxc4 29.e5+! dxe5 30.g5+ Kxg5
31.Ne6+ Kg4 32.Qh3#. Short was spooked by 22.Rxh5 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Rf1 24.Rh1
Qd3!!; 22…Ng4 23.Bg1 Nce3! The queens come off and the tables are turned.24.Qxa6
bxa6 25.Bxe3 Nxe3 26.Rd3 Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Rc5 28.Rd3 (28.Rxh5) 28…Ng2 29.Rg3
Nf4 30.Kd2 Re5 31.Re1 Kg7 32.Ke3 Kg6 33.c3 Rxg5 34.Rxg5+ Kxg5 35.Rg1+ Kh6
36.e5 dxe5 37.Ke4 Ng6 (Black may have six isolated pawns but he is three
pawns up) 38.Bc4 a5 39.Kd5 Rf2 40.b4 axb4 41.cxb4 h4 42.a4 h3 43.a5 h2
44.Rh1 Kg5 45.b5 Kg4 46.b6 axb6 (Unfortunately for Short, his a5 pawn is not
stronger than the h2 pawn. Both sides will lose their rooks and Black
remains with four extra pawns) 47.a6 Kg3 48.a7 Rf8 49.Kc6 Nf4 50.Ra1 e4
51.Ba6 Nh3 52.Bb7 Ng1 0–1