London Chess Classic: Nakamura wins his first Grand Chess Tour

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12/17/2018 – Live games and commentary from the 10th London Chess Classic, the final leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. All rounds start at 15:00 CET (14:00 UTC) with commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Maurice Ashley, GM Cristian Chirila and GM Alejandro Ramirez.

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Final Rapid and Blitz

Press release

Hikaru Nakamura won his first Grand Chess Tour with a clutch victory in the last round over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The newly crowned champion earned an additional $120,000 for his efforts, bringing his winnings to a total of $225,000. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished second for the second year in the row, picking up a total of $160,000.

Fabiano Caruana defeated Levon Aronian earning the last automatic qualification spot to the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, along with Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave.

In addition, the Grand Chess Tour made the announcement of the plans of expanding the tour, adding a new classical event in Croatia and two more rapid and blitz events in India and Ivory Coast. The prize fund will be increased to at least $1.5 million, a significant raise from this year’s prize pool of $1,050,000. 

All reports

The time controls are as follows (NB: delay, not increment is in use!):

  • Classical: 100 min / 40 moves, 60 mins for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second delay from move one
  • Rapid: 25 min. / Game, plus 10 sec. delay
  • Blitz: 5 min. / Game, plus 3 sec. delay

Complete LCC regulations (PDF)

In the classical games, players receive 6 points for a win, 3 points for a draw.


Final standings G2

Live games and commentary


GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Maurice Ashley and GM Alejandro Ramirez

British Knockout Championship — Live games

Gawain Jones beat Luke McShane in the second classical game and leads heading into rapid and blitz.


Final results

Final results

The schedule (all times in UTC)

  • Tuesday, December 11th, 14:00: Semifinals Game 1
  • Wednesday, December 12, 14:00: Semifinals Game 2
  • Thursday, December 13, 14:00: Semifinals Rapid & Blitz
  • Friday, December 14th: Rest day
  • Saturday, December 15, 14:00: Final Game 1
  • Sunday, December 16, 14:00: Final Game 2
  • Monday, 17th December, 14:00: Final Rapid & Blitz

The first three days are held at the London headquarters of Google DeepMind. The final games will take place at the traditional home of the London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre.


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