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Magnus Wins 2011 Chess Oscar & 2012 London Chess Classic News

Magnus Wins 2011 Chess Oscar & 2012 London Chess Classic News

ChessMarkstheSpot
Nov 9, 2012, 8:58 AM 11

[Blog History]

   Well, Magnus Carlsen has done it again, and this time, it's a three-peat. The Chess Oscar is an award given out every year to the best chess player every year and the winner is selected by a group of experts and grandmasters from all over the world. It's history goes back to 1967 and had a 22-year run until 1988 but re-emerged in 1995 and has been going strong since, being affiliated with "64", the Russian chess magazine.

 

   Here's a list of winners dating back to 1967:

 

Year Player   Year Player
1967 Larsen, Bent   1987 Kasparov, Garry
1968 Spassky, Boris   1988 Kasparov, Garry
1969 Spassky, Boris   1989-94 no awards
1970 Fischer, Bobby   1995 Kasparov, Garry
1971 Fischer, Bobby   1996 Kasparov, Garry
1972 Fischer, Bobby   1997 Anand, Viswanathan
1973 Karpov, Anatoly   1998 Anand, Viswanathan
1974 Karpov, Anatoly   1999 Kasparov, Garry
1975 Karpov, Anatoly   2000 Kramnik, Vladimir
1976 Karpov, Anatoly   2001 Kasparov, Garry
1977 Karpov, Anatoly   2002 Kasparov, Garry
1978 Korchnoi, Viktor   2003 Anand, Viswanathan
1979 Karpov, Anatoly   2004 Anand, Viswanathan
1980 Karpov, Anatoly   2005 Topalov, Veselin
1981 Karpov, Anatoly   2006 Kramnik, Vladimir
1982 Kasparov, Garry   2007 Anand, Viswanathan
1983 Kasparov, Garry   2008 Anand, Viswanathan
1984 Karpov, Anatoly   2009 Carlsen, Magnus
1985 Kasparov, Garry   2010 Carlsen, Magnus
1986 Kasparov, Garry   2011 Carlsen, Magnus

  

   Kasparov has won it 11 times. Karpov was won it 9, Anand claimed it 6 times and now Magnus has his third in a row, surely with more to come. I'm sure he has a shelf somewhere just for these things. Laughing

 

   But again, back to Magnus, he has also volunteered to be part of a testing group as the World Chess Federation is trying to push chess as an olympic sport. Can anyone guess what that means? No? Drug testing! And the Olympic Committee insists on drug testing as a condition for it. When asked in an interview about taking enhancement drugs to get a better performance out of chess, Magnus said the following:

 

   "I suppose that is possible. But in order to perform well you would have to take things during the game. For my own part I need no hocus pocus in order to perform."


   I personally don't think it's THAT kind of cheating that's ruining chess. There's been a number of scandals over the last many months. Right now, FIDE needs to go after those bad eggs. Imagine someone gets caught playing a game or a match with a cellphone at the Olympics should chess reach that far? The damage it would cause to the sport is unthinkable.

 

   To read the interview about the Chess Oscar and Magnus getting his three-peat, click here.

 

   Now, we fast forward another few weeks and hit the 2012 London Chess Classic, starting from December 1st-10th and will take place in the Olympia Conference Center. 9 players with an average of 2751 will be playing in this tournament. So as last year, one person will have a day off and spend it on commentary.

 

   Here are the rules:

 

   Time controls are classical forty moves in two hours, then twenty moves in one hour and thirty minutes for the rest of the game in this SRR tournament. A win is counted as three points, a draw as one, and a loss zero. Tiebreaks: 1) number of wins, 2) number of wins with black, 3) result of the individual game between the tied players. In the unlikely event that there is still a tie then: 4) 2 x 15'+2" games, and if necessary 5) Armageddon game: 6'+2" vs 5'+2" with draw odds for black. If there is a tie involving more than two players then the Rapid games will be conducted as a double round all play all.

  

   Here's a list of the competitors, of which the top-three in the world are playing.

 

Name Title
Country
Rating
W-rank
Born
Carlsen, Magnus Super-Grandmaster
NOR
2848
1
30.11.1990
Aronian, Levon Super-Grandmaster
ARM
2815
2
06.10.1982
Kramnik, Vladimir Ex-World Champion
RUS
2795
3
25.06.1975
Anand, Viswanathan World Champion
IND
2775
6
11.12.1969
Nakamura, Hikaru Super-Grandmaster, US Nr. two
USA
2755
13
09.12.1987
McShane, Luke Super-Grandmaster
ENG
2710
29
07.01.1984
Adams, Michael Super-Grandmaster
ENG
2710
32
17.11.1971
Polgar, Judit Super-GM, strongest female ever
HUN
2705
43
23.07.1976
Jones,Gawain Grandmaster
ENG
2644
112
11.12.1987

 

  

   You can read the full article here that includes starting times, player match-ups and scheduling.

  

   Will this be the tournament that puts Magnus Carlsen over Kasparov's 2851? I surely think so and I'm also sure Kaspy's going to be around there somewhere tuning into the action.

  

   Have a great day everyone!

   -Mark

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