Hikaru Nakamura Wins London Chess Classic Super 16

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura emerged winner of the 2013 London Chess Classic after defeating the former World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand in the final match 1,5-0,5.

Nakamura cruised to victory by eliminating Nigel Short in the quarterfinal and Vladimir Kramnik in the semifinal.

Gelfand defeated Fabiano Caruana and Michael Adams to reach the final.

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura

Earlier in the event the Super 16 played the qualifying stage in four groups by four players.

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Parallel to the main event there was the 5th London Chess Classic FIDE Open with 189 participants. Norwegian Grandmaster GM Jon Ludvig Hammer took a clear first place with 7,5/9 points.

Half a point behind the winner were Boris Grachev, Tigran Gharamian, Mateusz Bartel, Viorel Iordachescu and Neil McDonald.

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Nakamura Wins 5th London Chess Classic (UPDATED)

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The London Chess Classic‘s Super Sixteen Rapid tournament was won by Hikaru Nakamura. On Sunday the American grandmaster knocked out Vladimir Kramnik, who blundered terribly in the second game of their semi-final, and then Nakamura beat Boris Gelfand in the final. Jon Ludvig Hammer won the FIDE Open.

Report by John Saunders | Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

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London Classic Rapid: Hung, Drawn and Quarter-Finalled

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

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.

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London Chess Classic – Quarterfinals

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The London Chess Classic 2013 continues on Saturday with the Quarterfinal matches. After the preliminary group stages (4 by 4 players), the field is narrowed from Super Sixteen to final eight.

In the knock-out phase each match will consist of two games with the time control 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move for each player.

In case of a tie, there shall be a two game play-off at the rate of 10 minutes + 10 seconds per move for each player. Should the players remain tied, an Armageddon game shall be played.

Saturday 14th December

Quarterfinal 1: 14.00 and 17.30 with colours reversed
Group 1
Vladimir KramnikVishy Anand
Michael AdamsPeter Svidler

Quarterfinal 2: 15.30 and 19.00 with colours reversed
Group 2
Fabiano CaruanaBoris Gelfand
Nigel ShortHikaru Nakamura

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Anand - Kramnik

Anand and Kramnik to meet in the Quarterfinal

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London Chess Classic Rapid Starts Today

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Today the main event of the 5th London Chess Classic starts: the Super Sixteen Rapid. The participants are Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Mickey Adams, Peter Svidler, Luke McShane, Judit Polgar, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell, Gawain Jones, Jonathan Rowson and two qualifiers from the FIDE Open: Emil Sutovsky

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London Chess Classic Day 1: Caruana, Gelfand, Kramnik Win Twice

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand started with two wins at the London Chess Classic‘s Super Sixteen Rapid. It is a 16-player rapid tournament, comprising a group stage followed by a knockout phase. The group stage comprises four groups of four players who play a double round robin. The top two players from each group shall qualify for the knock-out phase.

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London Chess Classic 2013 LIVE!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

London Chess Classic 2013 main event is going to be a rapid tournament with the participation of Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Mickey Adams, Peter Svidler, Luke McShane, Judit Polgar, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell, Gawain Jones, Jonathan Rowson, Emil Sutovsky, and Andrei Istratescu.

The tournament runs from 11th to 15th of December. Games start daily at 15:00 CET.

Games will be live daily on Chessdom.com with computer analysis by the engines Komodo (champion of the last TCEC Season), Stockfish (many times TCEC finalist), and Houdini (champion of the previous TCEC Season).

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