London Chess Classic 2017 LIVE

12/11/2017 – Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana tied for first place after nine rounds, leading to a blitz playoff, won by Caruana. But Magnus Carlsen took the Grand Chess Tour as a whole. The GCT finale was the 9th London Chess Classic, a 10-player round-robin, with a prize fund of USD $300,000. The LCC will return in 2018 with a new format.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi made a draw with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in under 30 minutes to guarantee a share of first place. Fabiano Caruana equaled his score with a 6+ hour win over Micky Adams. They played two 10 minute plus 5 second delay playoff games to a draw, and two 5 minute plus 3 second games, won by Caruana, who became the winner of the London Chess Classic.


Players and results

No. Name Rtg
1 Carlsen Magnus 2837
2 Aronian Levon 2805
3 Caruana Fabiano 2799
4 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2789
5 So Wesley 2788
6 Anand Viswanathan 2782
7 Nakamura Hikaru 2781
8 Karjakin Sergey 2760
9 Nepomniachtchi Ian 2729
10 Adams Michael 2715
Bo. Rtg Name vs. Name Rtg
1 2729 Nepomniachtchi Ian ½ Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2789
2 2782 Anand Viswanathan 0-1 So Wesley 2788
3 2760 Karjakin Sergey ½ Nakamura Hikaru 2781
4 2799 Caruana Fabiano 1-0 Adams Michael 2715
5 2805 Aronian Levon 0-1 Carlsen Magnus 2837

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Games and commentary


Commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Cristian Chirila, with GM Maurice Ashley reporting from London | Source: Saint Louis Chess Club on YouTube

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Final standings


Results of Round 8

Name Result Name
Carlsen Magnus 0 - 1 Nepomniachtchi Ian
Adams Michael ½ - ½ Aronian Levon
Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ Caruana Fabiano
So Wesley ½ - ½ Karjakin Sergey
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ - ½ Anand Viswanathan

British Knockout Championship

Finals — McShane turns the tables in rapid

John Saunders reports: Luke McShane wins the British Knock-Out Championship, and with it a cheque for £19,500, while David Howell had to settle for £10,500. A great result for McShane, whose opportunities to play chess are limited by his professional work commitments, but a disappointment for David Howell who had to be satisfied with the runner-up prize for the second successive year.



Round 9

Armenian grandmasters Hrant Melkumyan and Gabriel Sargissian claimed top honours in the FIDE Open with 7.½ / 8, joined by French GM Sebastian Maze!

Final standings (top 10)

Rk. Name Pts.
1 Sargissian Gabriel 7,5
  Melkumyan Hrant 7,5
  Maze Sebastien 7,5
4 Motylev Alexander 7,0
  Nabaty Tamir 7,0
  Grandelius Nils 7,0
  Cornette Matthieu 7,0
  Donchenko Alexander 7,0
  Kotronias Vasilios 7,0
10 Jones Gawain 6,5

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koko48 koko48 12/6/2017 08:37
@Petrarlsen Funny you should say that, because on the other page you were complaining about Karjakin accepting a draw in a better position against Aronian, and then saying "I don't see at all any possible objective justification for that !"
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 12/6/2017 08:17
@ koko48 : "The problem is that elite tournaments with a lot of decisive games and fighting draws is the exception, not the rule." No, it is only that each time there is a long series of draws in a tournament, some persons like you talk about it endlessly, while no one even notices a "normal" tournament, with a "normal" draw rate...
koko48 koko48 12/6/2017 06:39
The problem is that elite tournaments with a lot of decisive games and fighting draws is the exception, not the rule.

Chess in undergoing a serious dearth of sponsorship, in case anyone hasn't noticed. That situation will not change until interesting elite tournaments become the rule, not the exception.

If serious chessplayers and those who love the game find many of these elite tournaments boring (and we have had many GMs complain about it), what do you think the casual spectator, the potential chess fan dipping his toe into the water thinks?

You don't think there are plenty of other more interesting spectacles on the internet, vying for that potential chess follower's attention?
lajosarpad lajosarpad 12/6/2017 01:27
I agree with @Michael Jones and would like to remind people here that a much more eventful event in the recent past, the final leg of the Grand Prix was repeatedly bashed here as well by a chess journalist due to too many draws...
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 12/5/2017 11:45
@ Michael Jones : Excellent !!! I very much approve, and applaud heartily !!
rys rys 12/5/2017 10:37
Aighearach : Organizers will cover travel expenses, hotel etc. But not cash prize for all. Only for top (3-5).
rys rys 12/5/2017 10:30
@Aighearach: Limited resources (prizes) is a frequent cause for conflict (good game).
I don't think: "chess tournaments" = "social assistance" (cash prize for all).
Michael Jones Michael Jones 12/5/2017 09:42
Every time a tournament sees a lot of draws, people start wailing "Chess is dead!". As soon as the next tournament (or even a later round of the same tournament) has lots of decisive games, suddenly it's not dead after all. The Sinquefeld Cup a few months ago featured all but one of the same players as the LCC, and that had plenty of decisive games. Either chess dies and resurrects itself on a regular basis, or it isn't quite dead after all...
Aighearach Aighearach 12/5/2017 08:19
@rys: If you see an invitational tournament with less prizes than players, it just means they hid the appearance fee in a separate agreement. Different organizers and sponsors go in different directions with this. Some like to make it look the winners got the big prize, others like to include the appearance fees in the prizes and have a single payment to each player and show all the players making money. What is your biggest concern, boosting the winner or boosting the losers? The winner might only care about the check, the loser might appreciate looking like a smaller winner. If I as a tournament organizer I'd do it both ways a few times for A/B testing.
rys rys 12/5/2017 06:48
Chess is NOT dead!
But ...
10 players
10 prizes
This is ridiculs!
macauley macauley 12/5/2017 12:24
@jpmoldovan: Try:
SambalOelek SambalOelek 12/4/2017 10:34
chess is dead, Fischer Said!

it's all about random chess!
Sampru Sampru 12/4/2017 08:58
Top level chess appears to be flatlining.
jpmoldovan jpmoldovan 12/4/2017 08:16
I cannot download the games from rounds 1 & 2 despite having a CB Premium account. WTF?
Aighearach Aighearach 12/2/2017 10:16
With Brexit looming, it might be a good idea to practice using dollars, because you might be switching to stabilize your economy in a few years. ;)
maxath maxath 12/2/2017 10:05
Long life to Google and Chessbase!! The new interactive chessboard interface for movile in this page is just awesome!!
garyklien garyklien 12/1/2017 08:32
love that the payment is in DOLLARS. I know how much they are making now :)
thirteen thirteen 12/1/2017 04:36
Why is the London chess Classic prize fund payment in DOLLARS?