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Black to move and win.
Black to move and win.


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London Chess Classic - Carlsen pulls a Houdini
14.12.2010 - The penultimate round saw four draws, but that had the spectators on the edges of their seats. Adams and Anand was a trench war draw, while Short and Howell exchanged blows in a King's Gambit. McShane and Nakamura also slugged it out, but the game of the round was Kramnik's crushing position against Carlsen, only to liquidate into an endgame that proved unwinnable. Round six report.

Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (53)
14.12.2010 - A quiz set by the Editor of Chess Notes concerns chessplayers in the company of animals (seated on them, in two cases). A frisson of danger comes from a bullfighter and a master posing with two lion cubs. There is a reptile too, but whose neck is it dangling around? The prizes in this unusual challenge are some fine items inscribed by participants in the London tournament. Can you supply the answers?

London Chess Classic – analysis of round five
14.12.2010 - Nigel Short tried a sacrificial sideline of the Marshall Attack. Hikaru Nakamura was able to find a stable continuation and ultimately won. Nigel was his usual ebullient self in the commentary room and burst into song. David Howell found the cruel truth of the biblical quotation “he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has”. Commentary and postgame analysis of the player.

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