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Desmond
30-11-2012, 08:36 AM
http://www6.chessclub.com/mailing/2012/11c/news.html


The fireworks start Saturday, December the 1st, with #1 Magnus Carlsen, World Champion Vishy Anand, #2 Levon Aronian, Former WC Vladimir Kramnik, American hero Hikaru Nakamura, the best ever female player Judit Polgar, and the English squad, with Michael Adams, Luke McShane and out ChessFM friend and commentator Gawain Jones.


Round Date Host Analyst
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2 Sunday Dec. 2nd 09:00 am Mark Crowther David Smerdon

http://www6.chessclub.com/finger/London12


1: 4th London Chess Classic 2012
: December 1st - 9th London, England
: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/
: 9 Rounds - Round Robin
2: LIVE COVERAGE on ICC and ChessFM
: Rest day: December 5th
: Games start at 9:00AM ICC time
: Except Rd 4 (11AM) and Rd 9 (7AM)
3:
: Participants:
: GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2848
4: GM Levon Aronian ARM 2815
: GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2795
: GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2775
5: GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2755
: GM Luke McShane ENG 2713
: GM Michael Adams ENG 2710
6: GM Judit Polgar HUN 2705
: GM Gawain Jones ENG 2644
:
7: Three points for a win and a point for a draw
: Sofia rules will apply
: Add 60 minutes after move 40
8: Add 15 Mins. +30 Sec. of Inc. after move 60
: Prize fund: Euro 160,000

Adamski
30-11-2012, 11:36 PM
Very strong field. Hard to pick a winner but I will go for Aronian. I hope the England / Wales contingent are not overawed and do well.
Potential for a poll here.

Desmond
01-12-2012, 05:35 AM
I didn't even think to add a poll. :doh:
My money would be on Carlsen.

Agent Smith
01-12-2012, 08:27 AM
Yes, Carlsen is on fire for quite a while now.

I wonder if Vishy can ever pull out another strong performance ? Surely he can't make another 10 draw tournament.

Kevin Bonham
02-12-2012, 12:04 AM
Poll added - voting open for 2 days only.

Shaun Press notes that Emma Guo, Justin Tan, Ari Dale are playing in supporting events.

Ian Rout
02-12-2012, 09:17 AM
Very strong field. Hard to pick a winner but I will go for Aronian. I hope the England / Wales contingent are not overawed and do well.
Potential for a poll here.
Wales?

Well I suppose one of the Engish players has a Welsh name.

Watto
02-12-2012, 10:22 AM
Shaun Press notes that Emma Guo, Justin Tan, Ari Dale are playing in supporting events.
Fantastic. Best of luck to Emma, Justin and Ari!
p.s. I see that WIM Arianne Caoili and Finley Dale are also playing as are a few New Zealanders (all in the FIDE open), including FM Nicolas Croad who has white against Ari in round 2.

littlesprout85
02-12-2012, 02:27 PM
Umbelievable .......

Sprout can actually agree with Jono on a few subjects ......One of which being the Champ of the 2012 London Chess Classic :eek:

-Sprout85 =)

Capablanca-Fan
02-12-2012, 04:45 PM
Umbelievable .......

Sprout can actually agree with Jono on a few subjects ......One of which being the Champ of the 2012 London Chess Classic :eek:

-Sprout85 =)
Heh ;) BTW, what's the chess scene like in Arizona? It's not that great in Georgia.

peter_parr
03-12-2012, 12:37 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 3rd December 2012.

World no 1 Magnus Carlsen NOR beat Luke McShane ENG in 62 moves in the first round of the London Chess Classic on Saturday evening. World no 2 L.Aronian ARM lost to H.Nakamura USA and World no 3 V.Kramnik RUS defeated J.Polgar HUN.

Kevin Bonham
03-12-2012, 12:49 PM
Carlsen - Aronian, round 2

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. Nc3 O-O 8.
Nd5 Nxd5 9. Bxd5 Rb8 10. O-O Ne7 11. Nxe5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Re8 13. d4 Bf8 14.
b3 Bb7 15. c4 d6 16. Nf3 Qf6 17. Be3 Bc8 18. Qd2 Qg6 19. Kh1 h6 20. Rac1
Be7 21. Ng1 Bg5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. Rfd1 bxc4 24. bxc4 Qxd2 25. Rxd2 a5 26.
h3 Rb4 27. Nf3 Bf5 28. c5 Kf8 29. Nh2 Reb8 30. Ng4 Rb1 31. Rxb1 Rxb1+ 32.
Kh2 a4 33. Ne3 Bg6 34. Kg3 Rb4 35. Kf3 Ke7 36. Ke2 Kd7 37. f3 Rb5 38. Nd1
Rb4 39. c6+ Kc8 40. Nc3 f6 41. Ke3 Rc4 42. Ne2 a3 43. h4 Rb4 44. g4 Rb1 45.
h5 Bh7 46. f4 f5 47. g5 Rh1 48. Ng3 Rh3 49. Kf3 hxg5 50. fxg5 g6 51. Re2
Kd8 52. hxg6 Bxg6 53. Re6 Bf7 54. g6 Bg8 55. g7 f4 56. Kxf4 Rh2 57. Nf5
Rxa2 58. Rf6 Re2 59. Rf8+ 1-0

Standings (they are using 3-1-0)

6/2 Carlsen, Kramnik
3/1 Adams
3/2 Nakamura
1/1 Anand
1/2 McShane, Polgar, Jones
0/2 Aronian

Adamski
03-12-2012, 11:07 PM
A pity it's not a Swiss as Aronian appears to be playing a Swiss Gambit!

Come arrnn Levon!

Kevin Bonham
04-12-2012, 12:52 AM
Live stream is very spiffy:

http://www.livestream.com/LondonChessClassic

Kevin Bonham
04-12-2012, 12:29 PM
Carlsen suffered against Kramnik last night, losing a pawn quite early, but held. Adams defeated Polgar, rest drawn.

7/3 Carlsen, Kramnik
6/2 Adams
4/3 Nakamura
2/2 Anand
2/3 Jones
1/2 McShane
1/3 Polgar, Aronian

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2012, 04:01 PM
Couple of very wild games, the second especially:

Carlsen - Jones

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 a6 5. h3 Nc6 6. Qe3 g6 7. c4 Bg7 8.Be2 Nf6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. O-O Nd7 11. Rb1 a5 12. b3 Nc5 13. Bb2 f5 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. Rbd1 a4 16. Ba3 Qa5 17. Nb5 axb3 18. axb3 Qxa3 19. Nxa3 Rxa3 20.Nd2 Bd4 21. Qg3 Be5 22. f4 Bf6 23. Bg4 Nd4 24. Kh1 Bc2 25. Rde1 Kh8 26. Re3 h5 27. b4 h4 28. Qf2 Nd3 29. Qg1 Nf5 30. Bxf5 gxf5 31. Nf3 Rc3 32. c5 Bb3 33. Ne1 Bd4 34. Nxd3 dxc5 35. Qf2 Rf7 36. Rc1 cxb4 37. Rxc3 bxc3 38. Qe1 1-0

McShane - Aronian

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a4
Bd7 9. c3 O-O 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Bc2 c5 12. Re1 Re8 13. Nf1 Nc6 14. Ne3 b4 15. h3
Rb8 16. Nc4 Be6 17. Bb3 h6 18. Be3 bxc3 19. bxc3 d5 20. exd5 Nxd5 21. Qc2 e4
22. dxe4 Nxe3 23. Rxe3 Rxb3 24. Qxb3 Na5 25. Nxa5 Bxb3 26. Nxb3 Qb6 27. Nbd2
Qb2 28. Rae1 Rd8 29. Nf1 c4 30. Ne5 Bc5 31. Rf3 Qb3 32. a5 Rd6 33. Nxf7 Rf6 34.
Rxf6 gxf6 35. Nxh6+ Kf8 36. Ng4 Qxc3 37. Rd1 Qb4 38. Nxf6 Kf7 39. Nd5 Qb2 40.
Nde3 c3 41. Rd5 Be7 42. Rf5+ Ke8 43. g4 c2 44. Nxc2 Qxc2 45. Ng3 Qc7 46. Nh5
Bd8 47. Kg2 Qc6 48. Re5+ Kf7 49. g5 Qa4 50. h4 Bxa5 51. Rf5+ Ke6 52. Nf4+ Kd7
53. f3 Qc2+ 54. Kh3 Qf2 55. Kg4 Be1 56. Ng6 a5 57. Rf7+ Kd8 58. e5 a4 59. e6
Bb4 60. e7+ Bxe7 61. Nxe7 Qc5 62. Kh5 a3 63. Kh6 a2 64. g6 Qc4 65. Nf5 a1=Q 66.
Rf8+ Kc7 67. g7 Qc6+ 68. Kh7 Qxf3 69. g8=N Qh5+ 70.Ngh6 Qe5 71.Ng7 Qxh4 72.Rf7+ Kb6 73.Ngf5 Qee4 74.Kg6 Qe6+ 75.Kg7 Qg5+ 76.Kf8 Qc8# 0-1

10/4 Carlsen
8/4 Kramnik
7/3 Adams
5/4 Nakamura
4/4 Aronian
3/3 Anand
2/4 Jones
1/3 Polgar, McShane

Combination of 3-1-0 and bye makes the standings look very strange!

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2012, 01:04 PM
Few moves at the end of McShane - Aronian were missing from above post; I have added them.

MichaelBaron
06-12-2012, 05:10 PM
Great performance by the young Auzzies Dale and Tan in the Reserves so far! :clap:

ER
06-12-2012, 05:52 PM
Great performance by the young Auzzies Dale and Tan in the Reserves so far! :clap:

What do you mean by "Reserves"? Do you mean the FIDE Open? that's where Ari and Justin are playing! Emma is doing quite well too! :clap:

BTW Ari's only loss is vs a Swedish 2546 GM!

Link for the FIDE Open is here:

http://www.classic.livechess.co.uk/2012/fideop/SMWSite/index.html

ER
06-12-2012, 06:09 PM
And BTW here's a taste of how much it would cost you to watch live this top class tournament :

(from the tournament's website)

London Chess Classic

Auditorium and GM Commentary Day Ticket (per day) (*)
ADULT WEEKDAY £15 (AUS$ 23.07)
ADULT WEEKEND £20 (AUS$ 30.75)
JUNIOR free

Auditorium and GM Commentary Season Ticket (All 10 days - including weekends)
ADULT SEASON £100 (AUS$ 153.77)
JUNIOR SEASON n/a

(*) Ticket prices were calculated on exchange rate basis at 7 pm tonight

Watto
06-12-2012, 09:03 PM
Arianne is having a fantastic performance too so far in the FIDE Open. In five games she's played an 1850 German player plus 3 IMs and a GM and is on 3.5 including a win over the GM and 1850er and a win, draw and loss against the IMs.

Capablanca-Fan
07-12-2012, 12:18 AM
Great! ^^ :clap: :clap:

ER
07-12-2012, 07:00 AM
Arianne is having a fantastic performance too so far in the FIDE Open. In five games she's played an 1850 German player plus 3 IMs and a GM and is on 3.5 including a win over the GM and 1850er and a win, draw and loss against the IMs.

WOW how could I miss Arianne! thanks Watto and


Great! ^^ :clap:

ditto Jono!

I can't find Finley though!

Finley found!!! :) He is doing well too!

Adamski
07-12-2012, 11:21 AM
I should have been loyal to Michael Adams in my tipping rather than Levon.
Go Mickey!

J Michael Adams

Kevin Bonham
07-12-2012, 11:36 AM
You can find all AUS players in the Open easily by choosing AUS from the List by Federation space and clicking GO.

Arianne (2202) defeats 2285-rated FM and is now 4.5/6 and performing at 2549. Next plays IM Richard Pert (2454).

Ari (2122) defeats player rated 2280 and is now also 4.5/6 and performing at 2407. Now plays IM Kalle Kiik (2437).

Justin (2239) draws with an FM rated 2372, now plays IM Petr Golubka (2418). Justin is on 4/6 and performing at 2315.

Emma (2000) is performing at 2103 after a loss to a 2178-rated opponent. Emma is on 2.5/6 and now plays an unrated opponent.

Finley (1691) is performing at 1940 after drawing with a 1997-rated opponent. Finley is on 2.5/6 and plays Alastair Compton (2090) from New Zealand.

In that other tournament, wins for Kramnik, Carlsen, Anand and Nakamura:

13/5 Carlsen
11/5 Kramnik
8/5 Nakamura
7/4 Adams
6/4 Anand
4/4 Aronian
2/5 Jones
1/4 Polgar, McShane

Kramnik - McShane. Those who overgeneralise about Kramnik being boring can just get lost. :lol:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.g3 dxc4 6.a4 e6 7.Bg2 c5 8.0-0 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Nbd7 10.Nc2 Qc7 11.Bf4 e5 12.Bd2 Nc5 13.Bg5 Be6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.Nce3 Nb3 17.a5 Rc8 18.Ra4 Nd4 19.Nb6 Rc7 20.Rxc4 Bxc4 21.Nexc4 Nb5 22.Qb1 Qd4 23.Rd1 Qc5 24.e3 Be7 25.Qf5 Kf8 26.Bd5 Kg7 27.Qg4+ Kh6 28.e4 Nd4 29.Ne3 f5 30.Qh3+ Kg7 31.Rxd4 exd4 32.Nxf5+ Kf8 33.Qh6+ Ke8 34.Bxf7+ Kd8 35.Qg7 Rf8 36.Nxd4 Rc6 37.Nxc6+ bxc6 38.Qg4 Kc7 39.Qd7+ Kb8 40.Qd2 Kc7 41.Qd7+ Kb8 42.Kg2 Bd6 43.b4 Qd4 44.Qxc6 Ka7 45.Kh3 Qd1 46.Nc8+ Rxc8 47.Qxc8 Qf1+ 48.Kg4 h5+ 49.Kxh5 1-0

Adams - Carlsen. You could give this guy a rock and he would squeeze a won endgame out of it.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9. h3 O-O 10. Be3 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Nbd2 b4 13. c3 d5 14. cxb4 Bd6 15. b5 axb5 16. axb5 Rxa1 17. Qxa1 Nb4 18. d4 exd4 19. Nxd4 Qe8 20. Qa4 Nxe4 21. Nxe4 dxe4 22. Nc6 Nd5 23. Qxe4 Nxe3 24. Qxe3 Rf5 25. Nd4 Re5 26.Qb3 Rd5 27. Qc4 Qf7 28. b3 Qd7 29. Nf3 Rxb5 30. Ra1 Rd5 31. g3 h6 32. Qe4 Qe8 33. Kg2 Kf7 34. Ra2 Qd8 35. Re2 Qf6 36. h4 Qf5 37. Qc4 Rd3 38. Re3 Rxe3 39. fxe3 Qb1 40. e4 Qb2+ 41. Kh3 Qf2 42. e5 Qxf3 43. exd6 Qh1+ 44. Kg4 Qd1+ 45. Kh3 Qxd6 46. h5 c5 47. g4 Qd4 48. Qf1+ Ke7 49. Qf3 Qd5 50. Qc3 e5 51. Kg3 Kd6 52. Qc4 Qxc4 53. bxc4 e4 54. Kf4 e3 55. Kf3 Ke6 56. Ke2 Kf6 57. Kf3 Kg5 58. Kxe3 Kxg4 59. Ke4 Kxh5 60. Kd5 g5 61. Kxc5 g4 62. Kd4 g3 63. Ke3 Kg4 0-1

Polgar - Nakamura. Game ends suddenly when white realises she is going to be checkmated.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.axb5 axb5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4 d6 12.f4 Nc6 13.Qc3 Ne7 14.Nd2 0-0 15.e5 Nfd5 16.Bxd5 Nxd5 17.Qd4 Bb7 18.Ne4 f5 19.Ng5 Qd7 20.Nf3 Ra8 21.Bd2 c5 22.Qd3 c4 23.Qd4 dxe5 24.Nxe5 Qc7 25.Rfd1 h6 26.Be1 Rfe8 27.Bd2 Red8 28.Rxa8 Rxa8 29.h3 Ra2 30.Rb1 Nf6 31.Bb4 Be4 32.Re1 Bxc2 33.g4 Qa7 34.Qxa7 Rxa7 35.Nc6 Ra6 36.Ne7+ Kf7 37.g5 hxg5 38.fxg5 Ne4 39.Nxf5 Nxg5 40.Re7+ Kg6 41.Nd4 Bd3 42.Rb7 Nxh3+ 43.Kh2 Ng5 44.Nxb5 Rf6 45.Bc5 Rf4 46.Nc3 Rg4 0-1

Jones - Anand

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8.
Qd2 e5 9. d5 c6 10. h4 cxd5 11. exd5 N8d7 12. h5 Nf6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. Nh3
e4 15. fxe4 Ng4 16. Bf4 Ne5 17. Bg5 Qd6 18. Nb5 Qc5 19. Na3 Bxh3 20. Be3
Qc8 21. Rc1 Qg4 22. Rxh3 Qxh3 23. gxh3 Nf3+ 24. Ke2 Nxd2 25. Bxd2 Bxb2 26.
Nb5 Bxc1 27. Bxc1 Nxd5 28. exd5 Rae8+ 29. Be3 Rxf1 0-1

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2012, 12:12 PM
Not surprisingly a rough day for the Australian contingent with only Emma advancing her score. However Arianne, Ari and Finley are still all performing over 200 points above rating.

Carlsen wins again!

Carlsen - Polgar

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. a3 Bc5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. e4
O-O 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. Bf4 d6 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Re1 Ne5 14. Nd2 Nfd7 15.
Be3 Qc7 16. b4 Qb8 17. f4 Ng6 18. g3 Rfe8 19. Bf3 Qa8 20. Bf2 Ngf8 21. Qe2 Qb8
22. Red1 g6 23. e5 Bc6 24. Bd4 Red8 25. Bxc6 Rxc6 26. Nf3 dxe5 27. fxe5 Rdc8
28. Ne4 Qc7 29. Nfd2 a6 30. Nf2 Bg5 31. Rf1 Bxd2 32. Qxd2 Nxe5 33. Bxe5 Qxe5
34. Ng4 Rd6 35. Nh6+ Kg7 36. Rxf7+ Kh8 37. Qf2 Qd4 38. c5 bxc5 39. Qxd4+ Rxd4
40. Rxc5 Rcd8 41. Rcc7 Rd1+ 42. Kg2 R1d2+ 43. Kh3 R2d5 44. Ng4 Rh5+ 45. Kg2
Rd2+ 46. Kf3 Rf5+ 47. Ke3 Rxf7 48. Rxf7 Rd8 49. Nf6 Rb8 50. Kf4 h6 51. Ke5 a5
52. bxa5 Ra8 53. a6 1-0

16/6 Carlsen
12/6 Kramnik
10/5 Adams (won against Anand, who blundered on move 41)
8/5 Nakamura
6/5 Anand
5/5 Aronian
4/5 McShane
2/6 Jones
1/5 Polgar

pax
09-12-2012, 02:13 AM
A couple of interesting points. Firstly, even despite the heavy scoring, the 3-1-0 standings are identical to the 1-½-0 standings. Second, the standings are distinct: i.e there are no two players on the same score in either scoring system. Third, the standings table is almost upper triangular - with all of the results so far, no player has beaten a player who currently stands above them.
http://chessbase.com/news/2012/london/lcc-tab06a.gif
http://chessbase.com/news/2012/london/lcc-tab06.gif

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2012, 08:01 AM
All games drawn in round 7 with Kramnik having the bye.

Capablanca-Fan
09-12-2012, 03:22 PM
A couple of interesting points. Firstly, even despite the heavy scoring, the 3-1-0 standings are identical to the 1-½-0 standings. Second, the standings are distinct: i.e there are no two players on the same score in either scoring system. Third, the standings table is almost upper triangular - with all of the results so far, no player has beaten a player who currently stands above them.
http://chessbase.com/news/2012/london/lcc-tab06a.gif
http://chessbase.com/news/2012/london/lcc-tab06.gif
Carlsen reminds me of Reuben Fine at AVRO 1938, who likewise scored 5.5/6 against the other best players in the world (8 player double-round-robin). In R7, Fine lost to Keres and fell back in the second half so they tied for first.

peter_parr
10-12-2012, 10:35 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 10th December 2012.

Carlsen Highest Rated Player Ever.
Peter Parr

World no 1 Magnus Carlsen,22, has become the highest rated player of all time surpassing Garry Kasparov’s record 2851 rating. Carlsen has scored five wins and two draws from his first seven games in the elite London Chess Classic raising his rating to 2862 and even if he loses to World Champion Vishy Anand in the final round he will remain above 2851. Carlsen first became World no 1 at 2810 in January 2010 at the age of nineteen (Kasparov was world no 1 for 20 years until his retirement) and Carlsen is now over 50 rating points above former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in second place.

Progress scores after round 7 :- M.Carlsen (NOR 2848) 6 /7, V.Kramnik (RUS 2795) 4.5/6, M.Adams (ENG 2710) 4 /6, H.Nakamura (USA 2760) 3.5 /6, V.Anand (IND 2775) 3 /6, L.Aronian (ARM 2815) 2.5 /6, L.McShane (ENG 2713) 2/6, G.Jones (ENG 2644) 1.5/7, J.Polgar (HUN 2705) 1/6 . On the London scoring system (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw) the leaders are Carlsen 17 from 7 games, Kramnik 12 and Adams 11 from 6 games.

Four grandmasters share the lead with 6.5 points in the 236 player London CC FIDE Open after eight rounds. The five Australians are all performing well above their ratings :- J.Tan (2239) 5, WIM A.Caoili (2202) 4.5 , A.Dale (2122) 4.5 , WIM E.Guo (2000) 4 , F.Dale (1691) 2.5.

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2012, 11:08 AM
I'm assuming these are final Australian scores of the Open:

Justin Tan (2239) 6/9 TPR 2335
Ari Dale (2122) 5.5 TPR 2338
Arianne Caoili (2202) 4.5 (2318)
Emma Guo (2000) 4 (2065)
Finley Dale (1691) 2.5 (1823)

Ari defeated Arianne in the final round. He played seven titled players losing only to two IMs and a GM and scoring 3.5/4 against three FMs and a WIM.

Excellent performance by the Australian contingent. :clap: :clap:

MichaelBaron
10-12-2012, 12:10 PM
The Open tournament has finished. Good efforts by the Australians. Sadly, Arianne and Ari ended up playing each other in the last round!

ER
10-12-2012, 12:27 PM
... Sadly, Arianne and Ari ended up playing each other in the last round!

Maybe sadly for Arianne, not so sadly for Ari! :)

Cograts to Justin 6/9 and Ari 5.5/9! :clap:

Well done to the rest of the Aussies!

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2012, 01:26 AM
Kramnik drew with Adams. Kramnik very happy with his play in the event and joking about being the strongest human player on earth since Carlsen is not human!

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2012, 09:26 AM
McShane blunders so Nakamura wins, rest drawn:

18 Carlsen
16 Kramnik
13 Adams, Nakamura
9 Anand
8 Aronian
6 Polgar
5 McShane
3 Jones

ER
12-12-2012, 01:59 PM
WOW the Dale boys have their pictures (beautiful shots too!) taken with Magnus, Vissy, Levon, Naka! I just saw the whole collection in FaceBook! Great stuff! :) :clap:

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2012, 01:04 AM
Thread split

Debate arising from me disputing the following claim:


World no 1 Magnus Carlsen,22, has become the highest rated player of all time surpassing Garry Kasparov’s record 2851 rating.

...has been moved to the Ratings Arena here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=14391).

If anyone wants to discuss this decision, please do so on the moderation thread in the help and feedback section. Any other discussion of the thread-split will be deleted.

peter_parr
18-12-2012, 10:27 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 17th December 2012.

Carlsen Wins London Classic
Peter Parr

Magnus Carlsen ranked World no 1 won the London Classic with an excellent score of 5 wins and three draws just ahead of former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Carlsen is a great fighter and often outplays his opponents in the endgame. Carlsen considers the following game to be his best game of the tournament.

Carlsen,Magnus (2848) - Polgar,Judit (2705) [A33]
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.a3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.e4 0–0 9.Be2 b6 10.0–0 Bb7 11.Bf4 d6 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Re1 Ne5 14.Nd2 Nfd7 15.Be3 Qc7 16.b4 Qb8 17.f4 (Carlsen gains space on both sides of the board) 17...Ng6 18.g3 Rfe8 19.Bf3 Qa8 20.Bf2 Ngf8 21.Qe2 Qb8 22.Red1 g6?! 23.e5! Bc6 24.Bd4 Red8 25.Bxc6 Rxc6 26.Nf3 dxe5 27.fxe5 Rdc8 28.Ne4 Qc7 29.Nfd2 a6 30.Nf2 Bg5 31.Rf1 Bxd2 32.Qxd2 Nxe5 33.Bxe5 Qxe5 34.Ng4 Rd6 35.Nh6+ Kg7 36.Rxf7+ Kh8 37.Qf2 Qd4 38.c5 bxc5 39.Qxd4+ Rxd4 40.Rxc5 Rcd8 41.Rcc7 Rd1+ 42.Kg2 R1d2+ 43.Kh3 R2d5 44.Ng4 Rh5+ 45.Kg2 Rd2+ 46.Kf3 Rf5+ 47.Ke3 Rxf7 48.Rxf7 Rd8 49.Nf6 Rb8 50.Kf4 h6 51.Ke5 a5 52.bxa5 Ra8 53.a6 1–0

Final scores M.Carlsen (NOR 2848) 6.5/8: V.Kramnik (RUS 2795) 6: M.Adams (ENG 2710), H.Nakamura (USA 2760) 5 : V.Anand (IND 2775) 4: L.Aronian (ARM 2815) 3.5: J.Polgar (HUN 2705) 2.5: L.McShane (ENG 2713) 2: G.Jones (ENG 2644) 1.5

On the London scoring system (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw) the leaders were Carlsen 18, Kramnik 16, Adams and Nakamura 13.

Final scores of the five Australians in the London FIDE Open (236 players, 9 rounds) were J.Tan (2239) 6, A.Dale (2122) 5.5, WIM A.Caoili (2202) 4.5, WIM E.Guo (2000) 4, F.Dale (1691) 2.5. All five Australian performed well above their rating – Tan, Dale and Caoili all above 2300. Australian IM’s J.P.Wallace and G.Lane competed in minor events.

Adamski
09-01-2013, 11:39 PM
This was a great result for my namesake Mickey Adams.:clap:

BTW no-one has reported that IM Gary Lane won one of the supporting events. He was top seed but he still had to do the business! :clap: