London Classic Revisited

After my debacle last year, I approached the London Chess Classic with a certain amount of trepidation, but after a good start winning a couple of decent games against Gawain Jones and Judit Polgar things went considerably better. However, I lost to Magnus Carlsen, where I made one of the least excusable errors in chess allowing my time to run very low in a pleasant position thinking the position was too safe to lose. As some players in the candidates have also found the 40 moves in 2 hours time control without increment means you have to handle your clock responsibly or pay the penalty. I then scored a rather fortunate victory versus Viswanathan Anand, but it was nice to beat the World Champion! I slipped up against Luke McShane in a lengthy struggle, generally well played by both players but I have highlighted a couple of key moments where we went wrong.

It is great to have such a special event in London and just as pleasing to see the evolution of the Chess in Schools Charity which supports the event, making massive strides with an ever increasing number of coaches and pupils involved. Malcolm Pein has also pulled off a great coup in securing additional funding of £689,000 from the  Education Endowment Foundation.


  • 3 years ago


    Little bit funny gameEmbarassed.White played according Botvinnik ( Romanovsky - Botvinnik Moscow 1935 ), but Luke playes like RomanovskyWink-very smart strategy...-remis ,of course, but , maybe next time -Luke will remember Greate Mikhail...

  • 4 years ago


    Nice to see one of the top GMs posting here.

    63.Qf8 was really hard, I could not understand the +11 on chessbomb and I had to turn on my own engine. It's amazing how a won position can slip with a single imprecision.

  • 4 years ago


    Does anyone around here have any idea what luke was doing at the start of this game?

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  • 4 years ago


    Nice games sir, but your games are beyond my level of understanding chess.

    How I wish I could understand your games?

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