An Exciting Finale Expected In London

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/9/12, 12:41 PM.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgThe penultimate round of the London Chess Classic produced four more excellent games, and set-up the final round for a thrilling conclusion.

Vladimir Kramnik kept the contest for first place alive by beating Gawain Jones in their encounter. That leaves him just 2 points behind leader Magnus Carlsen before the final round tomorrow (3-1-0 scoring).

Judit Polgar scored her first win of the tournament with the black pieces against Luke McShane. At last some reward for the efforts of the #1 rated women's player!

There have been many candidates for game of the tournament so far, but Vishy Anand's clash with Hikaru Nakamura must be a contender.  Both sides missed winning opportunities in a complicated game.  "Basically, I screwed up!" said Anand in the press conference, sparing Nakamura from losing on his 25th birthday!

Finally, Mickey Adams had a good position against an out-of-sorts Lev Aronian, but a draw was the end result.

Vladimir Kramnik could still beat Magnus Carlsen for first place

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 8 Vladimir Kramnik Gawain Jones.jpg



Luke McShane succumbed to Judit Polgar

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 8 Luke McShane Judit Polgar.jpg



Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura provided great excitement in their game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 8 Vishy Anand Hikaru Nakamura.jpg



Lev Aronian and Mickey Adams drew their game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 8 Lev Aronian Mickey Adams.jpg



The standings after 8 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

Name Fed Elo Gms Pts
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 7 17
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 7 15
Adams, Michael ENG 2710 7 12
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 7 10
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 7 8
Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 7 7
Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 7 5
McShane, Luke ENG 2713 7 5
Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 8 3


The final round of the London Chess Classic starts 2 hours earlier than usual, at 12:00 GMT.  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 in operation.

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

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  • 4 years ago


    its time for anand to just leave the game.
    he hardly trys and when he does he cant get it done.

    hes boring and plays with no interest or desire.

  • 4 years ago


    @ firula - McShane has a full time job and just plays chess part time, so he's often called an amateur player. It's not a comment on his playing ability.

  • 4 years ago


    Another amazing game Vladimir!You can get down the first position!

  • 4 years ago


    @son-I suppose there's no chance of Carlsen winning ;)

  • 4 years ago


    "perhaps too many marathon games finally caught up with the English amateur"

    Amateur? Bit harsh, dont ya think?

  • 4 years ago


    "Anand blunders in round 8" would be a good title. Oh wait, it's already used for round 6!

  • 4 years ago


    Fun, fun, fun! Surprised

  • 4 years ago


    Kramnik played an excellent game, very impressive tournament so far.

    The real Judit Polgar finally showed up.

    Aronian was making a mess of a simple middle game position.

    Anand and Nakamura demonstrated why human top chess is 300 Elo below what the best engines deliver.

  • 4 years ago


    Come on vlad, come on!!! If he wins tomorrow and carlsen only draws then yeah it will be a rapid tie break but adams is proving very solid in this tournament. I am not sure whether the former world champions chances are above 30%.

  • 4 years ago


    @ sapientdust - yes, that got a big laugh didn't it! Fantastic post-match analysis. Very entertaining!

    On-demand replay of all the rounds is available here (round 8 not up just yet).

    To anyone that's watched and enjoyed the tournament please consider donating to the Chess In Schools charity! Smile

  • 4 years ago


    If Kramnik beats Adams with black in the final round, and Carlsen draws with Anand, then both will have 5 wins, 2 of which were with black.  Their individual game was a draw, so there would be tie-breaks to decide the tournament winner!  Cool

  • 4 years ago


    I loved Anand's comment about how he realized he'd put a piece on the wrong square immediately after he released the piece, and the thought occurred to him of "pulling a Garry", but he decided to be magnanimous (I think that's the word he had on the tip of his tongue) -- as if Vishy could do anything else. Their whole post-game session was highly entertaining.

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