The London Chess Classic‘s Super Sixteen has now become the Super Eight and Saturday’s exercise saw the eight whittled down to four. One of the curiosities of this tournament is that, despite the alleged ‘randomness’ of rapid chess, all eight top seeded proceeded to the knock-out stages at the expense of the rest. With all the quarter-finals being between players who were fairly close together on the rating, there were no real surprises there either. Another thing to note is that three of the semi-finalist have an average age of about 40.