London Chess Classic: The Super Six

London Chess Classic: The Super Six

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Oct 18, 2014, 10:33 AM |
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6TH LONDON CHESS CLASSIC (6-14 DECEMBER 2014): THE SUPER SIX

The ‘Super Six’ players who will compete in both the ten-round Super Rapidplay Open (6-7 December) and the five-round ‘Super Six’ classical chess tournament (10-14 December; rounds 1-3 start at 16.00 GMT, rounds 4-5 at 14.00 GMT) are as follows. (Photo shows tournament director Malcolm Pein presenting the 2013 London Chess Classic trophy to the winner, Hikaru Nakamura)

No.

Name

Country

Age

Classical Rating

Classical Ranking

Rapid Rating

Rapid Ranking

1

Fabiano Caruana

Italy

22

2844

2

2858

1

2

Viswanathan Anand

India

44

2785

6

2809

6

3

Anish Giri

Netherlands

20

2768

7

2674

67

4

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

26

2764

9

2800

9

5

Vladimir Kramnik

Russia

39

2760

11

2773

13

6

Michael Adams

England

43

2758

12

2764

18

 

Fabiano Caruana recently set the chess world alight with an extraordinary result at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, recording a tournament performance of 3097. He now trails world no.1 Magnus Carlsen by fewer than 20 rating points. Chess fans will be keen to see how he fares in classical chess at the tournament which served as Magnus’s springboard to the top of the rating list in 2009. ‘Fabi’ rarely takes a long break from playing and he may even have taken over the top spot before he arrives in London.

Whisper it softly, but it is also possible that Magnus will no longer be world champion in a few weeks time and the London Chess Classic might be welcoming Viswanathan Anand back as world champion. Despite his loss of the title to Magnus Carlsen last year, Vishy has regained much of his zest for the game, winning the 2014 Candidates’ Tournament in tremendous style. Indian chess fans will be hoping Vishy emulates the 1940-60s Soviet world champion Mikhail Botvinnik who regained his title twice. Right now the force seems to be with Vishy...

Ranked third in the line-up and making his London Classic debut is Anish Giri. At 20, Anish already has an impressive string of tournament successes to his name, with recent strong performances at the TromsøOlympiad and 2014 European Club Cup carrying him to his highest place yet in world rankings.

Defending the London Chess Classic title he won in 2013 is top US player Hikaru Nakamura. Like a number of other super-GMs, he was eclipsed by Fabiano Caruana and his dazzling run in Saint Louis, but nothing dampens Hikaru’s ebullient spirit for long and he will entertain the crowd in London as he always does.

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, like Hikaru Nakamura, is an ever-present in the London Classic line-up and he will be keen to set right a few disappointments suffered in the past year or two. He will want to end the year on an upswing and re-establish himself in the top ten, so expect him to come out of his corner fighting.

Mickey Adams has been the top Brit for most of the century and he has regained the rating he had when he was world ranked number four player in the early 2000s. Recently he won the Silver Medal on board one for England at the TromsøOlympiad and achieved a 2836 TPR at the 2014 European Club Cup, so he’s in top form.

ELITE EVENT SCHEDULE (Times given in UTC/GMT)

Date

Event

Time

Notes

6-7 December

Super Rapidplay Open

12.00

10 rounds, featuring the Super Six and many other GMs. The Super Six will compete against Chess in Schools and Communities schoolchildren in the first round.

8 December

Pro-Am & Pro-Business

TBC

The Super Six will take part in Pro-Am and Pro-Business events to be held in the Auditorium. Times and names of guest celebrities to follow.

9 December

Super Six Blitz Tournament

18.15

The elite group of six players will take part in a blitz tournament. Start time 18.15.

10-14 December

Super Six Classical Tournament

16.00*

* For rounds 1-3; rounds 4-5 start at 14.00.

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive          

Press Release dated 4 October 2014

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