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11/30/2015 – So far, 2015 has not been a particularly good year for World Champion Magnus Carlsen. From a rating of 2862 in January 2015 he dropped to a current live-rating of 2834. Carlsen will hope to regain some points in the London Chess Classic 2015, the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour. The tournament will begin on 4th December, the pairings are out now.

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Draw for the London Chess Classic

28 November 2015

The draw for the highly anticipated London Chess Classic, which is just one week away now, was performed by Tournament Director Malcolm Pein and Deputy Arbiter David Sedgwick with the pupils of Marion Richardson Primary School on Monday 23rd November.

This year’s London Chess Classic promises to be the most exciting to date, as it constitutes the final leg of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. With both World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in attendance - alongside 8 other world class players - the LCC will be the strongest tournament ever held in the UK.

Children from the Chess Class with David Sedgwick, Malcolm Pein and CSC Tutor Adam Bukojemski

Draw and Pairings

In accordance with the arrangements notified in St Louis, the colours were reversed from the Sinquefield Cup, with Michael Adams playing the opposite colours to Sinquefield Cup wild card Wesley So.

The players were placed in two groups of five. Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play five games with the white pieces and were randomly allocated numbers 1-5. Michael Adams, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura will play five games with the black pieces and were randomly allocated numbers 6-10.

The results of the draw were as follows:

1. Veselin Topalov
2. Alexander Grischuk
3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
4. Fabiano Caruana
5. Viswanathan Anand
6. Michael Adams
7. Levon Aronian
8. Magnus Carlsen
9. Hikaru Nakamura
10. Anish Giri

Schedule

Round 1

 

Friday 4 Dec, 16.00-23.00

 

Veselin Topalov

-

Anish Giri

 

Alexander Grischuk

-

Hikaru Nakamura

 

M Vachier-Lagrave

-

Magnus Carlsen

 

Fabiano Caruana

-

Levon Aronian

 

Viswanathan Anand

-

Michael Adams

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2

 

Saturday 5 Dec, 14.00-21.00

 

Anish Giri

-

Michael Adams

 

Levon Aronian

-

Viswanathan Anand

 

Magnus Carlsen

-

Fabiano Caruana

 

Hikaru Nakamura

-

M Vachier-Lagrave

 

Veselin Topalov

-

Alexander Grischuk

 

 

 

 

 

Round 3

 

Sunday 6 Dec, 14.00-21.00

 

Alexander Grischuk

-

Anish Giri

 

M Vachier-Lagrave 

-

Veselin Topalov

 

Fabiano Caruana

-

Hikaru Nakamura

 

Viswanathan Anand

-

Magnus Carlsen

 

Michael Adams

-

Levon Aronian

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4

 

Monday 7 Dec, 16.00-23.00

 

Anish Giri

-

Levon Aronian

 

Magnus Carlsen

-

Michael Adams

 

Hikaru Nakamura

-

Viswanathan Anand

 

Veselin Topalov

-

Fabiano Caruana

 

Alexander Grischuk

-

M Vachier-Lagrave

 

 

 

 

 

Round 5

 

Tuesday 8 Dec, 16.00-23.00

 

M Vachier-Lagrave 

-

Anish Giri

 

Fabiano Caruana

-

Alexander Grischuk

 

Viswanathan Anand

-

Veselin Topalov

 

Michael Adams

-

Hikaru Nakamura

 

Levon Aronian

-

Magnus Carlsen

 

 

 

 

 

Rest Day

 

Wednesday 9 Dec

 

 

 

 

 

Round 6

 

Thursday 10 Dec, 16.00-23.00

 

Anish Giri

-

Magnus Carlsen

 

Hikaru Nakamura

-

Levon Aronian

 

Veselin Topalov

-

Michael Adams

 

Alexander Grischuk

-

Viswanathan Anand

 

M Vachier-Lagrave

-

Fabiano Caruana

 

 

 

 

 

Round 7

 

Friday 11 Dec, 16.00-23.00

 

Fabiano Caruana

-

Anish Giri

 

Viswanathan Anand

-

M Vachier-Lagrave

 

Michael Adams

-

Alexander Grischuk

 

Levon Aronian

-

Veselin Topalov

 

Magnus Carlsen

-

Hikaru Nakamura

 

 

 

 

 

Round 8

 

Saturday 12 Dec, 14.00-21.00

 

Anish Giri

-

Hikaru Nakamura

 

Veselin Topalov

-

Magnus Carlsen

 

Alexander Grischuk

-

Levon Aronian

 

M Vachier-Lagrave

-

Michael Adams

 

Fabiano Caruana

-

Viswanathan Anand

 

 

 

 

 

Round 9

 

Sunday 13 Dec, 14.00-21.00

 

Viswanathan Anand

-

Anish Giri

 

Michael Adams

-

Fabiano Caruana

 

Levon Aronian

-

M Vachier-Lagrave

 

Magnus Carlsen

-

Alexander Grischuk

 

Hikaru Nakamura

-

Veselin Topalov

Fiona Steil-Antoni, Press Officer


Email: press@londonchessclassic.com
Website: www.londonchessclassic.com
Twitter: @LondonChess2015

 

 


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sunnyside sunnyside 12/1/2015 08:04

What a tough lineup!!!! But I'm gonna miss the Kramnik equation here...
Carlsen might suffer again due to love issues hahaha!

I go for Anand beyond doubt
NJD NJD 12/1/2015 01:30
My money's on Grischuk...
snosko snosko 11/30/2015 01:24
It's a pity Peter Svidler is not going to play there
Emil Cabagay Emil Cabagay 11/30/2015 12:51
We're eagerly waiting for another high class games of the great masters of today!
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