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London Chess Classic 2015 - Round 1 Recap

Opening: E60, B33: King's Indian: 3.g3, Sicilian: Pelikan

Player(s): Topalov, Giri, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave

GM Jon Speelman recaps Round 1. The LCC 2015 started with a violent and riveting round, despite four draws out of five games. Carlsen, who needs to show the world he's still Numero Uno, played a novelty versus the ever-raising French GM with two names; in a Sicilian Pelikan, Chelyabinsk variation, Magnus deviated from theory at move 16 with Qc8. The game went on with tactics lurking all over the board, to finish in a perpetual check. Nakamura played an excellent game against Grischuk, placing a menacing attack on the h file, but - strangely enough - it was Hikaru to get in serious time trouble in a complicated position, and the game was decided by a move repetition. The Game Of the Day is Giri versus Topalov. The leader of the Grand Chess Tour blundered in time trouble - a common theme in this round - and resigned facing a quick checkmate. Congratulations to the young Hollander, who played an amazing game, precise and aggressive. tomorrow's pairings: Giri-Adams, Aronian-Anand, Carlsen-Caruana, Nakamura-MVL, Topalov-Grischuk. Round 2 starts at 9AM EST.

Teacher's library (32) E60 B33 Topalov Giri Carlsen Vachier-Lagrave recap

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