A fantastic start for the spectators of the second edition of the London Chess Classic, with three wins and a draw – afteer Anand had pressed for 74 moves for a win. McShane's victory over Carlsen was as spectacular as it was unexpected, especially after one thought Magnus's bad phase had been put behind him. Or was this just a coincidental masterpiece by the English GM? Stay tuned for the expert verdict later on.
The big surprise of the round was Magnus Carlsen’s defeat at the hands of England’s Luke McShane, which was revenge for the opposite result in 2009. The game followed a known (if slightly obscure line of the English until Magnus experimented with 9...Ne5, when the more conservative ...Nxd4 and ...Bd7 have been tried before. Magnus moved his knight again a couple of moves later, which was faintly reminiscent of his adoption of another off-beat knight-hopping defence against Mickey Adams at the Olympiad. It was a risky plan, trying to lure his opponent into complications. He succeeded in doing so, but Luke revels in complications himself and brought home the bacon in some style.