The London Chess Classic, which begun on December 1, finished this Monday, December 10th. Round five of the tournament has just been completed, and world champion Magnus Carlsen is firmly in the lead.
Carlsen has beaten off a number of top-quality opponents throughout the London Chess Classic. However, no game was arguably as exciting as the game he has just played against Michael (or ‘Mickey’) Adams in round five. Adams, who for the past few years has consistently been one of Britain’s top chess players, seemed to have Carlsen pinned down right until the end of their game. One pawn up on Carlsen, Adams seemed ready to seal his win, before, in a spectacular save, Carlsen completely reversed the game, coming out on top.
Carlsen has been playing at his very best all throughout the London Chess Classic. So much so, in fact, that he has sent his Elo rating sky high! With a current live Elo rating of 2860.5, Carlsen now has the highest live Elo rating out of all the chess players in the world!
Carlsen will be playing his old foe Judit Polgar in round six, which began at 2pm London Time on Friday 7th. Polgar and Carlsen have played some dramatic and awesomely clever chess in the past, so the outcome of this round will be eagerly awaited by chess fans throughout the globe.
With Carlsen in such a strong position and playing so well, it seems like he may well win the London Chess Classic
overall. However, with players as great as Polgar, Vishy Anand, and Gawain Jones also in the running, who knows what might happen. Just as Carlsen managed to completely turn things around in his game with Mickey Adams, we could see one of these players turning the tables on Carlsen when it comes to deciding the overall winner of the London Chess Classic 2012.