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London Chess Classic Starts With A Bang!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/1/12, 1:23 PM.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgThe 2012 London Chess Classic kicked off today with fiercely fought battles in all four games in the first round.

First to finish was Vladimir Kramnik who extended his excellent record against Judit Polgar with another comfortable win.  The #1 women's player was in trouble with black right out of the opening and never recovered.

Lev Aronian had white against Hikaru Nakamura, but found himself under pressure from early in the game and eventually his position fell apart and he resigned after 32 moves.  A great start for the US champion!

Luke McShane's game with Magnus Carlsen looked fairly level throughout, but the world's #1 is always dangerous and seemed to conjure up a win from nowhere in the endgame by sheer force of will.

That win for Magnus also means that - for one day at least - he has equalled Garry Kasparov's record highest (official) rating of 2851 Elo! (clarification added, since Kasparov acheived 2856 Elo as a 'live' rating).

In the last game to finish, Mickey Adams beat Gawain Jones in a 7-hour marathon!

Vladimir Kramnik showed Judit Polgar no mercy

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 1 Vladimir Kramnik Judit Polgar.jpg


Hikaru Nakamura defeated world #2 Lev Aronian

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 1 Hikaru Nakamura.jpg



Magnus Carlsen defeated Luke McShane after a long struggle

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 1 Luke McShane Magnus Carlsen.jpg



Gawain Jones lost a long game to Mickey Adams

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 1 Gawain Jones Mickey Adams.jpg



The packed auditorium before the start of the first round

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 1 Auditorium.jpg


The 2012 London Chess Classic runs from  1-10 December , with one rest day on the 5th December. Games start at 14:00 GMT, except round four (16:00), and the final round (12:00).

The time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, then 30 minutes to finish.  The 'Bilbao' style 3-1-0 scoring system is being used.

In the event of tied scores at the end of the competition, tie breaks are 1) # of wins 2) # of wins with black, 3) head-to-head result. If these mathematical tiebreakers are not enough, then there will be rapid tie-break games and if needed, a final sudden death game.

More information on all the London Chess Classic events is at the official website, including live games and video commentary.

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.  Games via TWIC.

2012 London Chess Classic pairings shrink to fit.jpg

9355 reads 48 comments
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  • 3 years ago


    Just amazing! Btw, I agree with @sittingpawn! :) I wonder too!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen can understand so many chess positions accurately. The king maneuver was a great way to take advantage of white's weak pawn on the h file.

  • 3 years ago


    good to see no games drawn in first round

  • 3 years ago


    At the time of Kasparov's rating record, were people keeping live ratings lists? Is this number 2851 what was just official or was it his highest ever? I mean obviously Carlsen's 2851 is not official and I just wonder if Kasparov had actually surpassed 2851 but never officially.

  • 3 years ago


    What's Kramnick reaching for?

  • 3 years ago


    Great round 1 game... don't put high hopes for round 2, Anand will be playing.

  • 3 years ago


    Great going Magnus!

  • 3 years ago


    "The #1 women's player was in trouble with black right out of the opening and never recovered."

    No. Have a closer look at the game. Polgar sac'ed a knight for a scary-looking 4-on-1 pawn majority and a massive lead in development. She blundered later, allowing White to activate pieces and penetrate, and her position fell apart catastrophically.

  • 3 years ago



    'who let vishy anand into this tournament? he probably can't even spell chess'

    hahahahaha, who let you on this site? You dont even know what you are talking about!

  • 3 years ago


    what is judit's record vs kramnik?

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Wow! Those games were fricken' sweet!!!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is still so young, will he bring chess to a whole new level???

  • 3 years ago


    I think Naka is psyched up for this tournament to make up for his lackluster London performance from a few months ago. Is there any more powerful force in the endgame today than Carlsen? He just grinds out wins from even positions. Amazing!

  • 3 years ago


    Great comeback by the worlds greatest player!

  • 3 years ago


    carlsen's live rating is the magical 2851!

  • 3 years ago


    The Kramnik/Polgar game was sad.

  • 3 years ago


    Go Naka!

  • 3 years ago


    Not only is Naka's win impressive, but check out that tie! Ultra-spiffy! Is it possible wardrobe affects performance in chess?  Go Naka!

  • 3 years ago


    Go Naka! 

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik how could you be so merciless... that ain't no way to treat a lady!


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