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


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Rational Rational 8/9/2015 09:19
MVL seems to get good invites compared to his world standing, is there a system for other player so to qualify for this elite group?
percival platon percival platon 8/7/2015 12:12
wesley so should be in the list intead of MVL
yesenadam yesenadam 8/6/2015 02:06
Vam, I guess that's your malicious little way of saying that Levon was world #2 for years until 5 minutes ago. Well, yes he was, and I can't see why he can't be that again soon. Show more respect, please. Possibly imagine you are Aronian, reading your mean and silly comment. Talk about kicking someone when they're down!
Vam Vam 8/4/2015 09:27
Aronian's former potential to be Magnus's challenger is the only thing keeping him relevant these days.
Vam Vam 8/4/2015 09:25
I really dislike this grand chess tour business.

Its clearly a joint venture between the St. Louis chess monopolists, and the other tournament organizers to have the "worlds elite" play against each other.

No young and upcoming players have a shot of getting into it, because this was decided well before its launch. Norway was a fluke event for Carlsen. He is not invincible, but I fully expect him to take first in St. Louis... Unless the rest of the field decides to relapse and let Caruana get a winning streak again... which doesn't seem likely considering his lack luster performance this year.
Mindhunterr Mindhunterr 8/4/2015 01:19
Have to agree about Carlsen winning... his tail is going to very much be up after the last embarrassment. No way is he going to let that happen again for a while at least, although I dare say he had it coming! ;)
tom_70 tom_70 8/4/2015 12:05
To be fair, any british player would get destroyed in this event. Carlsen is playing, which means Carlsen is going to win it. He won't lose another tournament this year.
KevinC KevinC 8/3/2015 10:26
@excalibur2, you make it seem like the Brits have a choice in who represents them here. Howell would get murdered in this event anyway.
excalibur2 excalibur2 8/3/2015 06:54
It seems the British don't care about their chess future. 40+ year old Adams who has done nothing in any event in 2015 so far, or 24 year old constantly improving Howell who just broke into the 2700 club. Yep, makes sense.
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