Dec 10, 2009

London Chess Classic: Kramnik Pulls Closer

Howell played the c3 Sicilian against Carlsen today, an opening in which the British youngster is a bit of an expert. Carlsen ground away in his inimitable fashion, while Howell carried on as best he could. It was Carlsen, though, who cracked in the end, and Howell no doubt cheerfully took the draw. Kramnik in the meantime notched his second straight win after losing to Carlsen. McShane played the Bishop's Opening and Kramnik was sharp on a day when McShane wasn't. Ni Hua drew Adams in a Ruy Lopez, and Nigel held Nakumura with a Nimzo. Carlsen leads by a point (1/2 point by conventional scoring).

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