View Poll Results: Who will win?

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  • Carlsen

    9 69.23%
  • Aronian

    2 15.38%
  • Anand

    1 7.69%
  • Kramnik

    0 0%
  • Nakamura

    1 7.69%
  • McShane

    0 0%
  • Adams

    0 0%
  • Howell

    0 0%
  • Short

    0 0%
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  1. #1
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    London Chess Classic 2011

    I couldn't find an existing thread for this tournament that start on Saturday 3 December 2011, so thought I'd start this one.

    About to get on a flight from Melbourne back to Brisbane, so will correspond more later tonight (hopefully).
    When everything is said and done, and nothings left to do, I'd like to be the final one to say "What else is new?"

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    The pairings for the tournament were announced today:

    Round 1 03.12.11 15:00 CET Round 2 04.12.11 15:00 CET
    Kramnik - Nakamura Howell - Adams
    Aronian - McShane McShane - Carlsen
    Carlsen - Howell Nakamura - Aronian
    Adams - Anand Short - Kramnik
    Short bye Assisting the commentary Anand bye Assisting the commentary
    Round 3 05.12.11 15:00 CET Round 4 06.12.11 15:00 CET
    Aronian - Short Carlsen - Kramnik
    Carlsen - Nakamura Adams - Short
    Adams - McShane Anand - Nakamura
    Anand - Howell Howell - McShane
    Kramnik bye Assisting the commentary Aronian bye Assisting the commentary
    Round 5 08.12.11 15:00 CET Round 6 09.12.11 15:00 CET
    Nakamura - Howell Adams - Aronian
    Short - Anand Anand - Kramnik
    Kramnik - Adams Howell - Short
    Aronian - Carlsen McShane - Nakamura
    McShane bye Assisting the commentary Carlsen bye Assisting the commentary
    Round 7 10.12.11 15:00 CET Round 8 11.12.11 15:00 CET
    Short - McShane Anand - Carlsen
    Kramnik - Howell Howell - Aronian
    Aronian - Anand McShane - Kramnik
    Carlsen - Adams Nakamura - Short
    Nakamura bye Assisting the commentary Adams bye Assisting the commentary
    Round 9 12.12.11 13:00 CET
    McShane Anand
    Nakamura - Adams
    Short - Carlsen
    Kramnik - Aronian
    Howell bye Assisting the commentary
    The organisers have introduced the novelty of getting the player who has the bye to assist in the commentary. I strongly approve of this idea.

    As an aside, it might be a good idea to have a poll on who will win the tournament.
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    Good idea Max, but when I looked up creating a poll of the FAQ just now it says it nedds to be created when the thread is started. Unless one of the mods can help out.
    When everything is said and done, and nothings left to do, I'd like to be the final one to say "What else is new?"

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    Thanks for incorporating the poll!

    I have gone for Carlsen, even though I have a soft spot (in the head?) for Kramnik. I think I read on the Tata Steel Tournament thread that Kramnik has concluded he doesn't play well in the winter tournaments.

    Roll on Saturday!
    When everything is said and done, and nothings left to do, I'd like to be the final one to say "What else is new?"

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    3rd London Chess Classic 2011, LIVE


    The 3rd London Chess Classic will take place 3rd-12th December 2011 and will again be at the Olympia Conference Centre. This time there will be an additional player making it a 9 round 9 player event.

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    Carlsen was the only player to win in the first round, defeating Howell with a nice attack.
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    And the organisers must be congratulated for the great coverage of all games!
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    Howell looked to have his chances, but once Carlsen gets a slight edge he seems pretty much unstoppable.
    When everything is said and done, and nothings left to do, I'd like to be the final one to say "What else is new?"

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    Nakamura has a good win against Aronian.

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    Carlsen struggled greatly against McShane but survived.
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    All four games were very exciting today.


    [Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
    [Site "London ENG"]
    [Date "2011.12.05"]
    [Round "3"]
    [White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
    [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "C50"]
    [WhiteElo "2826"]
    [BlackElo "2758"]
    [PlyCount "81"]
    [EventDate "2011.12.03"]

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    [Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
    [Site "London ENG"]
    [Date "2011.12.05"]
    [Round "3"]
    [White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
    [Black "Howell, David W L"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "D16"]
    [WhiteElo "2811"]
    [BlackElo "2633"]
    [PlyCount "130"]
    [EventDate "2011.12.03"]

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    [Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
    [Site "London ENG"]
    [Date "2011.12.05"]
    [Round "3"]
    [White "Adams, Michael"]
    [Black "McShane, Luke J"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "C65"]
    [WhiteElo "2734"]
    [BlackElo "2671"]
    [PlyCount "122"]
    [EventDate "2011.12.03"]

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    [Event "3rd London Chess Classic"]
    [Site "London ENG"]
    [Date "2011.12.05"]
    [Round "3"]
    [White "Aronian, Levon"]
    [Black "Short, Nigel D"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "E15"]
    [WhiteElo "2802"]
    [BlackElo "2698"]
    [PlyCount "119"]
    [EventDate "2011.12.03"]

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    These results place Carlsen in the outright lead on 7/3, though Kramnik has played one game less and is on 4/2.
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    Who's that Luke McShane?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    Who's that Luke McShane?
    The future number one chess player in England.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Illingworth
    The future number one chess player in England.
    Thanks, it looks like he will be a threat in the international scene as well! I am going to do some search on his background etc!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    Thanks, it looks like he will be a threat in the international scene as well! I am going to do some search on his background etc!
    He made headlines as a junior some time back. He seems to have a job nowadays so perhaps his future #1 status in UK chess will have some competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    He made headlines as a junior some time back. He seems to have a job nowadays so perhaps his future #1 status in UK chess will have some competition.

    If he can have a full time job and be able to = lead this tournament (having drawn vs the highest player in the world and beaten Adams) then the kid is doing exceptionally well and good on him!
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