Kramnik Wins 2011 London Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/12/11, 10:54 AM.

London Chess Classic 2011.jpgVladimir Kramnik had no problems achieving the draw he needed in the final round with white against Lev Aronian to win the 2011 London Chess Classic.

Kramnik had an excellent tournament, winning all his games against the English players in the field for a +4 score of 6/8 in the traditional scoring system.

Hikaru Nakamura finished the tournament with a King's Gambit win against Mickey Adams to claim second place, but Adams had the better position for most of the game before blundering into a loss. The British #1 really had a tournament to forget, finishing in last place.

Magnus Carlsen slipped back to third after a draw with Nigel Short in his final game. Short clearly wanted to avoid losing at all costs, and a very quiet opening served to frustrate Carlsen's attempts to catch Kramnik in the standings.

A clearly shattered Luke McShane ended with a quiet draw against world champion Vishy Anand to claim a fourth place that could so easily have been more.

Vishy Anand had a distinctly mediocre tournament, which he himself called a "disaster". He will need to rediscover his true form to successfully defend his title against Boris Gelfand next year.

Congratulations to Vladimir Kramnik on his victory, and congratulations also to the event organiser Malcolm Pein and everyone involved in the website coverage for an excellent show!

The final standings in the 2011 London Classic:

 Vladimir Kramnik     RUS 2800 * 1 1 3 1 1 3 3 3 16
 Hikaru Nakamura      USA 2758 1 * 0 1 3 3 1 3 3 15
 Magnus Carlsen    NOR 2826 1 3 * 1 1 1 1 3 3 14
 Luke McShane    ENG 2671 0 1 1 * 1 1 3 3 3 13
 Vishy Anand     IND 2811 1 0 1 1 * 1 3 1 1 9
 Lev Aronian     ARM 2802 1 0 1 1 1 * 3 1 1 9
 Nigel Short     ENG 2698 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 3 6
 David Howell     ENG 2633 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 1 4
 Michael Adams     ENG 2734 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * 3


The winner! A satisfied Vladimir Kramnik after his game




Hikaru Nakamura claimed 2nd place after Adams messed up a good position




Nigel Short played the Giuoco Pianissimo to draw with Magnus Carlsen




Neither Luke McShane or Vishy Anand wanted a tough fight in the final round




The total prize fund was €160,000 (before tax), with the winner receiving €50,000.

The "Sofia" anti-draw rules were in operation, and the 3-1-0 scoring system.

The time control was 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, and then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment.

Many thanks to Ray-Morris Hill for his excellent photos throughout the competition!

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  • 5 years ago


    nice work krannik !!

    i wish more from adams and anand !?

  • 5 years ago


    Love Nakamuras choice of opening!

    Kings Gambit! Still allive on the tour and an exciting game.

    Well done!

  • 5 years ago


    Last Round 9 was on auto pilot. 

  • 5 years ago



                                Kramnik well done!


  • 5 years ago


    Krmnik?  Aarg!  Booorrin!!!!

  • 5 years ago


    I think it was a good performance by Kramnik, Nakamura and Carlsen. For me, however, at this time, Carlsen is stronger than Nakamura. Kramnik is always very solid.

    Disapointing is the least we can say about Anand and, let's not forget, Aronian. Anand is at this time a draw master and Aronian doesn´t show ambition at all.

  • 5 years ago


    in all the photos throughout the tournament, anand and adams looked sad and preoccupied with something, hence their poor performance? (my curiosity..)

  • 5 years ago


    @Bxh 726 I don't use engine- blunders are TOO BIG.I talk about all blunders, not only in game Nakamura-Adams-for example game Anand-Nakamura,and game McShane -Carlsen-i think You can to find errors without machine.

  • 5 years ago


    plzzzzzzz wake up!!!!!!!! Anand .

  • 5 years ago


    quote:"Interesting-how many BIG BLUNDERS can to to Extra-strong player"


    if you hadn't used an engine you would say it was a fantastic game

  • 5 years ago


    Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamura-he is bravest chess-player ever !!!- maybe only Deschapelles was equal...- Alexandre Louis Honore Lebreton Deschapelles...

  • 5 years ago


    This tournament was very nice gift from UK.Interesting-how many BIG BLUNDERS can to to Extra-strong player,but in other side-it is good news-game is alive!Kramnik ,of course-most solid chess player in the world (Botvinniks school!)-Congratulations BIG Vladimir!!!

  • 5 years ago


    Nakamura's result does not reflect his play; he won 3 games out of 2 (or more) bad positions -- normally, he would have earned 1/2 point (or 1, by the 3-point system) out of these, rather than 3 points (or 9, respectively).  That would have placed him just above the English players on the bottom of the standings, which is comensurate with his Tal Memorial showing.

    He does deserve credit for not giving up and keeping the tension in those games, but with this level of play, the luck won't chase him as much in other tournaments as it did here.  Hopefully he'll use it as inspiration for improving his play further.

  • 5 years ago


    what happened to you Carlsen :(

  • 5 years ago


    Is there any video of the prize giving ceremony?

  • 5 years ago


    Carlsen is still the best.  Nakamura is a good player but not Carlsen caliber.  Good tournament for kramnik

  • 5 years ago


     Congrats to kramnic .Anand will have to discover his form before match with Gelfond.Poor Adams lost his winning chances.

  • 5 years ago


    anand world champion ? kasparov the best all the time

  • 5 years ago


    Bravo Kramnik! Love to see Carlsen not getting top 2  Tongue out

  • 5 years ago


    Congrats to Kramnik for winning this tournament and to Nakamura who placed second after quite a few bad showings.  And is nice to see somebody besides Carlsen at the top when all is said and done.

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