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London Chess Classic 2018 Semi-Finals

Posted by 365Chess.com on December 13, 2018 in Chess news

Final Standings

Pos Name Fed Rtg Pts
1 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2746 16
2 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2832 10

Nakamura, Hikaru (2746) – Caruana, Fabiano (2832) [A20]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.3), 2018-12-13
1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Qb6 6. Nc2 d5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Nc3 Na6 9. d3 exd3 10. exd3 Be7 11. Re1 Be6 12. dxc4 O-O 13. Be3 Qa5 14. Bd2 Qb6 15. Na4 Qd8 16. b3 Re8 17. Bc3 Nc5 18. Bxf6 Qxd1 19. Raxd1 gxf6 20. Nc3 f5 21. Ne2 Bf6 22. Ned4 Rad8 23. Bh3 f4 24. Nxe6 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Nxe6 26. Bxe6 Rxe6 27. Kf1 b5 28. cxb5 cxb5 29. gxf4 Re4 30. f5 Kg7 31. Rd5 a6 32. Rd6 Rh4 33. Ne3 a5 34. Ra6 a4 35. bxa4 bxa4 36. Kg2 Rd4 37. Kf3 h5 38. Ra5 Rh4 39. Kg2 Rf4 40. Kg3 Rb4 41. Nd5 Bh4+ 42. Kg2 Rd4 43. f6+ Kg6 44. Kf3 Bg5 45. h3 h4 46. Rb5 Bxf6 47. Ke3 Rd1 48. Nf4+ Kg7 49. Ra5 Rh1 50. Kf3 Rh2 51. Nh5+ Kg6 52. Nf4+ Kg7 53. Rxa4 Be5 54. Kg4 Rxf2 55. Nd3 Rg2+ 56. Kf5 Bg3 57. Nf4 Rf2 58. Kg4 Bxf4 59. Rxf4 Rxa2 60. Kxh4 Ra6 61. Rg4+ Kh7 62. Rf4 Kg7 63. Rg4+ Kh7 64. Rf4  ½ – ½ (view game)

Caruana, Fabiano (2832) – Nakamura, Hikaru (2746) [D37]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.4), 2018-12-13
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. Bd3 Qa5+ 10. Kf1 Ba6 11. Bxc7 Bxd3+ 12. Qxd3 Na6 13. Bg3 Nb4 14. Qe2 Rfc8 15. a3 Qa4 16. Kg1 Na2 17. h3 Nc1 18. Qf1 Qc2 19. Kh2 Ne2 20. Be5 Qxb2 21. d5 Nc3 22. dxe6 fxe6 23. Rd1 Qxa3 24. Rd7 Nd5 25. Nd4 Bf6 26. Bg3 Bxd4 27. exd4 Qa4 28. Rd6 Rc6 29. Rd7 Rcc8 30. Rd6 Qe8 31. Qa6 Rc6 32. Ra1 Rxd6 33. Bxd6 Qd7 34. Be5 Nb4 35. Qe2 Nc6 36. Bg3 Qd5 37. Qa6 Nxd4 38. Rc1 Nf5 39. Rc8+ Rxc8 40. Qxc8+ Kf7 41. Qc7+ Kf6 42. Bf4 e5 43. Bc1 h6 44. Bb2 Qc5 45. Qb8 a5 46. f4 Kg6 47. Bxe5 Qc6 48. Qa7 h5 49. h4 a4 50. Qa6 Kh7 51. Qd3 Qg6 52. g3 Nh6 53. Qc4 Ng4+ 54. Kh3 Qb1  0 – 1 (view game)

Nakamura, Hikaru (2746) – Caruana, Fabiano (2832) [A06]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.5), 2018-12-13
1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. b3 e6 4. c4 Be7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Nc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Be2 b6 9. Nxd5 exd5 10. d4 a5 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. O-O Be6 13. Bb5 Qb6 14. Qe2 Nc6 15. Rac1 Rac8 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Rfd8 18. Rfd1 h6 19. h3 Bf8 20. Bd3 g6 21. Bf6 Rd7 22. Bb5 Ra7 23. Ba1 Bg7 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qb2+ Kg8 26. Be2 a4 27. Bf3 Rd8 28. Qf6 axb3 29. axb3 Rad7 30. Qc3 Rc8 31. Ra1 d4 32. exd4 Rxd4 33. Rab1 Rb4 34. Bd5 Bxd5 35. Rxd5 c4 36. Rbd1 Rxb3 37. Qe5 c3 38. Qe7 Rb1 39. Kh2 Rxd1 40. Rxd1 c2 41. Rd7 Qb8+ 42. g3 Qb3 43. Rd8+ Rxd8 44. Qxd8+ Kg7 45. Qd4+ Kh7 46. Qf4 Kg8 47. Qd2 Qb2  0 – 1 (view game)

Caruana, Fabiano (2832) – Nakamura, Hikaru (2746) [D37]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.6), 2018-12-13
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Rc1 Ba6 8. Qa4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Bb7 10. O-O a6 11. Be2 Nbd7 12. Rfd1 b5 13. Qc2 Rc8 14. Ne5 c5 15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Qb1 Qe8 17. Nxd7 Nxd7 18. Ne4 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Qa8 20. Bf3 Rc8 21. Rd1 Nf6 22. Ng5 h6 23. Bxb7 Qxb7 24. Nf3 Qe4 25. Be5 Qxb1 26. Rxb1 Ne4 27. Ne1 f6 28. Bg3 Rd8 29. Nf3 Rc8 30. Ne1 e5 31. f3 Nd2 32. Rd1 Nc4 33. Rd7 Bc5 34. b3 Nxe3 35. Bf2 Nf5 36. g4 Nd4 37. Kf1 Ne6 38. h4 Bxf2 39. Kxf2 Nf4 40. Rd6 a5 41. Ra6 Rd8 42. Rxa5 Rd2+ 43. Kf1 Nh3 44. Nd3 Rxd3 45. Rxb5 Rxf3+ 46. Ke1 Rf2 47. a4 Ra2 48. a5 Nf4 49. Kd1 e4 50. Kc1 e3  0 – 1 (view game)

Nakamura, Hikaru (2803) – Caruana, Fabiano (2795) [A06]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.6), 2018-12-13
1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. b3 Bf5 5. Bb2 e6 6. Nc3 h6 7. d4 Be7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Nbd7 10. Qc2 Bg4 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Nd7 13. h3 Bh5 14. g4 Bg6 15. Bxg6 fxg6 16. Qxg6 Rf7 17. Ne2 Nf8 18. Qc2 Rc8 19. Rad1 Bc5 20. Kg2 Qh4 21. Bd4 Be7 22. f4 Bb4 23. cxd5 exd5 24. f5 h5 25. Rf4 Nh7 26. Ng3 c5 27. gxh5 Qd8 28. Bb2 d4 29. e6 Rfc7 30. Qc4 b5 31. e7+ bxc4 32. exd8=Q+ Rxd8 33. bxc4 d3 34. h6 gxh6 35. Rg4+ Kf8 36. Ne4 Ng5 37. Nxg5 hxg5 38. Rxg5 d2 39. Kf3 Rh7 40. Rg3 Rdd7 41. Be5 Rh5 42. Kg4 Rdh7 43. Bf6 R5h6 44. Bg5 Ra6 45. e4 Rxa2 46. Rd3 Rc2 47. Bxd2 Rxc4 48. Rd8+ Kf7 49. Bxb4 Rxe4+ 50. Kf3 Re7 51. Bxc5 Rxh3+ 52. Kg4  1 – 0 (view game)

Final Standings

Pos Name Fed Rtg Pts
1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2835 16
2 Aronian, Levon ARM 2832 10

Aronian, Levon (2765) – Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2781) [A34]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.3), 2018-12-13
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e3 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Be2 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. d4 Nc6 11. Rb1 Qc7 12. e4 Bg4 13. d5 Ne5 14. c4 b6 15. Nxe5 Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Bxe5 17. f4 Bd4+ 18. Kh1 e6 19. e5 exd5 20. cxd5 Qd7 21. Qc4 Rad8 22. d6 Rfe8 23. Bb2 Bxb2 24. Rxb2 Qe6 25. Qa4 Qd7 26. Qa6 f6 27. Re2 Re6 28. a4 Qf7 29. Rd2 fxe5 30. fxe5 Qg7 31. d7 Rxe5 32. Qxa7 Qf6 33. Kg1 Qc6 34. Rb1 Re7 35. Qxb6 Qxb6 36. Rxb6 Rexd7 37. Rxd7 Rxd7 38. a5 c4 39. a6 c3 40. Rc6 Ra7 41. h3 c2 42. Rxc2 Rxa6 43. Kh2 Ra7 44. Rc1 Kg7 45. Rc2 Kg8 46. Rc1 Kg7 47. Rc2 Kg8  ½ – ½ (view game)

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2781) – Aronian, Levon (2765) [C67]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.4), 2018-12-13
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Be7 10. Nc3 Nh4 11. Nxh4 Bxh4 12. Re1 b6 13. g4 Be7 14. Be3 Bd7 15. Rad1 Kc8 16. Ne2 Re8 17. Nf4 Bf8 18. Bc1 g6 19. Re2 Bg7 20. Rde1 Kb7 21. e6 fxe6 22. Nxe6 Bf6 23. c3 c5 24. Bf4 Bxe6 25. Rxe6 Rf8 26. R1e4 Rf7 27. g5 Bd8 28. h4 b5 29. c4 bxc4 30. Be3 Rb8 31. Bxc5 Kc8 32. Bd4 Rb5 33. Rc6 Kd7 34. Rxc4 c6 35. a4 Rb3 36. Bxa7 Rxb2 37. Bd4 Rd2 38. Be3 Rd5 39. Rb4 Bc7 40. Kg2 Rf8 41. Rb7 c5 42. a5 Kc6 43. a6 Ra8 44. Re6+ Bd6 45. Rxh7 Rxa6 46. Rxg6 c4 47. Rg8 Rf5 48. g6 Be5 49. g7  1 – 0 (view game)

Aronian, Levon (2765) – Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2781) [B51]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.5), 2018-12-13
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. c3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Ne5 6. Be2 Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5 8. d4 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Be3 b6 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. Re1 Bd7 13. a4 a6 14. b4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Rfc8 16. h3 b5 17. axb5 Bxb5 18. Nb3 Qc2 19. d5 Qxd1 20. Rexd1 Rc4 21. Na5 Rxb4 22. Rdc1 Ra4 23. Nc6 Rxa1 24. Rxa1 Kf8 25. g3 Bd3 26. Bg5 h6 27. Bxf6 Bxf6 28. Ra3 Bb5 29. Bg4 Bd8 30. h4 Bb6 31. Rf3 Be2 32. Rb3 Bxf2+ 33. Kxf2 Bxg4 34. Ra3 Bd7 35. Na5 Ke7 36. Rc3 Rc8 37. Rb3 Bb5 38. Rb2 Rc3 39. Nb3 g6 40. g4 Rh3 41. Nd2 Rxh4 42. Kg3 Rh1 43. Rc2 Kd7 44. Nf3 Rb1 45. Nd2 Rb4 46. Kf3 a5 47. Ke3 a4 48. Ra2 Ke7 49. Ra1 Bd7 50. Kf3 h5 51. gxh5 gxh5 52. Ra3 f5 53. exf5 Bxf5 54. Nf1 Be4+ 55. Ke2 Bxd5  0 – 1 (view game)

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2781) – Aronian, Levon (2765) [B06]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.6), 2018-12-13
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 e6 5. Bb3 Ne7 6. c3 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Re1 Nd7 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. Nf1 c5 11. Ng3 Qc7 12. Bg5 Nc6 13. Qd2 Rac8 14. Bh6 Na5 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Rad1 Nxb3 17. axb3 Nf6 18. e5 dxe5 19. dxe5 Ng8 20. Ng5 Rcd8 21. Qf4 Rd5 22. c4 Rd7 23. h4 Rfd8 24. Rd6 Rxd6 25. exd6 Rxd6 26. Nxf7 Rd7 27. Ne5 Rd4 28. Qg5 Qe7 29. Nf3 Qxg5 30. Nxg5 Bc8 31. Nxe6+ Bxe6 32. Rxe6 Kf7 33. Re4 Rd1+ 34. Kh2 Rd2 35. Re2 Rd3 36. Re3 Rd2 37. Re2 Rd4 38. Ne4 h6 39. Kg3 Ne7 40. Kf3 Nf5 41. g3 Rd3+ 42. Kf4 Rxb3 43. g4 Nxh4 44. Nd6+ Kf6 45. Ne8+ Kf7 46. Nd6+ Kf8 47. Ke5 Ke7 48. f4 Nf3+ 49. Kd5+ Kd7 50. Nf7 Nd4 51. Rh2 Rd3 52. Ne5+  1 – 0 (view game)

Aronian, Levon (2793) – Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2795) [B51]
10th London Classic 2018 London ENG (1.6), 2018-12-13
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. c3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Ne5 6. Be2 Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5 8. d4 Be7 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8+ Bxd8 11. Nd2 Be6 12. Be2 Bc7 13. f3 Ke7 14. a4 h5 15. h4 Rhd8 16. Nc4 Ne8 17. Be3 b6 18. Bf2 f6 19. O-O g6 20. Rfc1 Nd6 21. Ne3 f5 22. Nd5+ Bxd5 23. exd5 c4 24. Be3 Kd7 25. Rab1 Rf8 26. b3 f4 27. Bf2 e4 28. fxe4 Rae8 29. bxc4 Nxe4 30. c5 Nxc3 31. Rxc3 Rxe2 32. d6 Bd8 33. c6+ Kc8 34. a5 Rxf2 35. Kxf2 Rf5 36. c7 Bxh4+ 37. Kf3 Rd5 38. axb6  1 – 0 (view game)

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