My first tournament not being a teenager. Many thanks to my sponsors for birthday presents. The excellent tennis racket I got from Arctic Securities has already had some practice!
The 7-round London Chess Classics is even stronger this year with V.Anand replacing Ni Hua compared to the field last year.
Defending my victory from 2009 looks difficult as I started with a loss to local hero Luke McShane today. I had black and in a somewhat tricky position I probably overestimated my counterplay. After my mistaken queen move Luke played very well and won around the first time control.
With Bilbao score, Kramnik, Adams and McShane are leading with 3 points.
Tomorrow I.m white against Adams and the rounds starts at 4 pm local time.
Magnus Carlsen, London, December 8th, 2010