4th London Chess Classic Pairings

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/17/12, 1:01 PM.

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PRESS RELEASE: The pairings for the 2012 London Chess Classic are now available.

This year, instead of involving the players themselves in the draw at the opening ceremony, the draw was conducted by Liverpool’s Sacred Heart Primary School as a reward for the boom in chess which the school has experienced since chess tutor John Gorman working for the Chess in Schools and Communities charity introduced the game there a year ago.

World champion Vishy Anand drew number one, which meant he gets to sit out the first round. The pairing which catches the eye is McShane-Carlsen: the same round and same colours as 2010, when Luke won, and same colours as last year, when they met in round two and drew.

After that, Luke has to look forward to Black against a well-rested world champ on the following day. But Luke knows all about tough starts as last year his diary for consecutive days in December read something like “Office: clear in-tray and set answering machine message... Olympia: play world number two... Olympia: play world number one”.

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Gawain Jones makes his Classic debut with White against Mickey Adams, while Judit Polgar starts with Black against Vlad Kramnik. Aronian meets Nakamura, and he will be keen to avenge his loss to the American last year – this time the Liverpool schoolchildren have given him the advantage of the white pieces! Nakamura, for his part, will be glad to see he has White against Carlsen in round seven – after three straight Blacks against him in London.

Last rounds are always eagerly awaited, too. The Liverpool children have done a marvellous job here, serving up a humdinger of a last-round pairing between world number one Magnus Carlsen, playing White, and world champion Vishy Anand on 10 December.

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of CSC and London Classic director, who was on hand in Liverpool to conduct the draw, added: “We’re well on track to introduce chess into 1,000 schools around the UK in the next five years and the success of Sacred Heart serves to remind us of the scheme’s impact on primary school children in the inner cities. The London Chess Classic 2012 is free to enter for children and we look forward to welcoming over 1000 to Olympia to discover all that chess has to offer.”

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  • 4 years ago


    I believe this is a crusial tournament for Vishi (and FIDE). He is playing worse, and looks weak in every tournament he play (including the world championship). If he win, the world championship would be again the most important chess event. If not (and worse if he played horrible again), the world championship is dead. 

  • 4 years ago


    I would love for Carlson NOT to win this, going for Kramnik, then Vishy.

  • 4 years ago


    I hope that Polgar and McShane do really well here.

  • 4 years ago


    One of my two favorite players is Judit so I'll be happy to watch her games and see how she does here against notable players Anand, Carlsen, Aronian, and even Nakamura. I hope she performs well so she'll get invited to some more top events in the near future.

  • 4 years ago


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  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen as ALWAYS

  • 4 years ago


    Aronian is going to take it home!

  • 4 years ago


    NoRematch: When Nakamura was invited, I think he was still ahead of Kamsky.

  • 4 years ago

    NM NoRematch

    Isn't Kamsky America's Number 1?

  • 4 years ago


    @haegemon Ivanchuck and Caruana just played a tournament

  • 4 years ago


    this brains must command the world

  • 4 years ago


    Well, well, What a group of complicated minds. The Grand Slam of Chess. Super GM s of "chaos" as Kasparov sad ones.

  • 4 years ago


    i think that this tournament should be bigger meaning more players should participate....where is Grishchuk, Gelfand, Ivanchuck where are new big names like caruana or le quang liem and why just one woman? there several very strong females should be playing cause this way the sport gets more popular cause where else you see sport at top level women against men... ?

  • 4 years ago


    strange how the chess scene is still devided....meaning that the number 1player in the world is not the world champion. 

  • 4 years ago


    It should be great, as always. Looking for moves from Mr. McShane. Time to finally make the big time >2750 soon. Go Luke!

  • 4 years ago


    The internet coverage of this event last year was the best I've seen. Hope they provide a similar standard of coverage this year.

    Simply cannot wait!

  • 4 years ago


    Less than two weeks to go, it looks to be another great event.

  • 4 years ago


    Should be interesting to see how the last round plays out. On the one hand if nothing is set to change placement wise it could be a simple planned draw between Carlson and Anand but if there is contention for first place then we might get a result out of this match. It's going to be a hit or miss 10th round for sure.

    I'd personally like to see Nakamura make a comeback since he's been off lately or see Anand actually fight or a first place position and reestablish himself as a top dog in these tournaments. These articles always seem like a tease since the match is still a ways away.

  • 4 years ago


    The game that I'm excited to watch is Mc-Shane-Carlsen. I hope they play the English again.

  • 4 years ago


    Anand is well prepared to Carlsen this time, he analyzed his last game with Carlsen extensively, and stalemated himself!

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