International News Today - Dec 13, 2011

Vlad Kramnik put on an impressive drive winning rounds 7 and 8 at the London Classic, ensuring that a draw in his final game with white would give him the title (on tie-break). As it turns out he won outright as Magnus Carlsen wasn’t able to win his final game to earn a share of the top. Nakamura won his final game to leapfrog Carlsen and McShane and took home 2nd place prize.

Final scores.
Kramnik (RUS) - 16
Nakamura (USA) - 15
Carlsen (NOR) - 14
McShane (ENG) - 13

All scores are out of a possible of 24 (8 games x 3 points for a win).


The World Mind games continue in Beijing.

The first event was the Rapid event.

Men’s
Gold - Wang Hao (CHN)
Silver - Vugar Gashimov (AZE)
Bronze - Kata Kamsky (USA)

Women’s
Gold - Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)
Silver - Katryna Lahno (UKR)
Bronze - Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)

The next event was the Blitz tournament.

Men’s
Gold - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
Silver - Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
Bronze - Shak Mamedyarov (AZE)

Women’s
Gold - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver - Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)
Bronze - Anna Muzychuk (SLO)

Still to come are the Blindfold and Pairs Competitions