Adams plays in London Chess Classic 2015

8/3/2015 – In 1999 Michael Adams became England's number one and 16 years later he still is England's number one. Now he gets the wildcard for the London Chess Classic, the top tournament that ends this year's Grand Chess Tour series. The tour began with the Norway Chess tournament and will continue with the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis in August. Press release...

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Michael Adams completes line-up for London Chess Classic 2015

Press release
2nd August 2015

The 10th and last player to join the incredible line-up of the 7th London Chess Classic is none other than England’s number 1, Michael Adams. It is no surprise the Englishman is the recipient of the organisers’ wildcard, seeing as he has been the English number one since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world. Despite being the second oldest participant in the field (after Anand), Adams keeps posting impressive performances and has been a member of the world elite for the better part of 20 years now. Some of the highlights of his career include reaching the final of the 2004 FIDE World Championship and winning the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2013. Having played in all six previous editions of the London Chess Classic, the Cornishman will surely yet again be eager to show his best chess on home turf.

Below is the final line-up for the London Chess Classic, with the updated August ratings. The field boasts a staggering 2791 rating average, which, as things stand, makes this a category 22 tournament.

No.

Name

Country

Age

Rating

Ranking

1

Magnus Carlsen

Norway

24

2853

1

2

Viswanathan Anand

India

45

2816

2

3

Veselin Topalov

Bulgaria

40

2816

3

4

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

27

2814

4

5

Fabiano Caruana

USA

22

2808

5

6

Anish Giri

Netherlands

21

2793

6

7

Alexander Grischuk

Russia

31

2771

9

8

Levon Aronian

Armenia

32

2765

11

9

Michael Adams

England

43

2740

18

10

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

France

24

2731

24

 

However, this list did not take into account the Biel tournament, which ended on the 30th July and saw Maxime Vachier-Lagrave score a treble, making it a record 4th victory in the history of this event. Thanks to this performance, the Frenchman leapfrogged Adams to climb to the 16th place on the live ranking list. Vachier-Lagrave now has a live rating of 2744, while Adams follows him closely on 2742.

With only 3 weeks to go until the start of the Sinquefield Cup, we will keep a close eye on the evolution of the world rankings and with a little bit of luck, the 7th London Chess Classic will be the first tournament in history to see the participation of 6 (or more) players rated over 2800 on the official FIDE list.

In order not to miss any updates on the tournament, make sure to follow the tournament’s official website as well as Twitter account!

Fiona Steil-Antoni Press Officer

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