Michael Adams gets Wildcard for London Chess Classic 2016

8/24/2016 – The 10th and last player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than England’s number one, Michael Adams. The Cornishman has been the country’s leading player since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world. Adams has consistently recorded outstanding performances and been a member of the world elite for the better part of 20 years. Recently Mickey was crowned British Champion in Bournemouth, posting an impressive score of 10.0/11. Press Release...

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Michael Adams gets Wildcard for London Chess Classic 2016

 

Michael Adams (Photo: Ray Morris-Hill)

Other highlights of his career include reaching the final of the 2004 FIDE World Championship and winning the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2013. This will be Adams’ eighth participation in as many editions and we can be sure he will yet again be eager to please the home fans with his trademark manoeuvring style, which once caused Kasparov to nickname him “spiderman”.

Malcolm Pein announcing the wildcard at the closing ceremony of the Sinquefield Cup (Photo: Spectrum Studios)

Below is the final line-up for the London Chess Classic, based on the August ratings. The field boasts a staggering 2782 rating average, which makes this a category 22 tournament.

No.

Name

Country

Age

Rating

Rank

1

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

France

25

2819

2

2

Vladimir Kramnik

Russia

41

2808

3

3

Fabiano Caruana

USA

24

2807

4

4

Levon Aronian

Armenia

33

2792

5

5

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

28

2791

6

6

Wesley So

USA

22

2771

7

7

Viswanathan Anand

India

46

2770

8

8

Anish Giri

Netherlands

22

2769

9

9

Veselin Topalov

Bulgaria

41

2761

12

10

Michael Adams

England

44

2727

28

Seeing as the above list is based on the August ratings, the British Championship and Sinquefield Cup results are yet to be taken into account. Thanks to his incredible performance in Bournemouth, Adams added 11 points to his rating and is now up to world number 23 in the live list. Over in Saint Louis, Caruana leapfrogged Kramnik to move up to world number 3, while So, Anand and Topalov also gained some points thanks to their good results.

Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was the lowest rated player in the field in 2015. After his excellent summer performances - winning Dortmund with a 1.5-point lead over the rest of the field and convincingly beating Svidler in Biel - it will be interesting to see how Maxime fares in London, where he only lost out to Magnus Carlsen in the final play-off last year.

Apart from Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand, all London Chess Classic participants will be representing their respective countries at the Chess Olympiad, which starts in Baku in just ten days, and we wish them best of luck!

Don’t miss any updates on the tournament by following the official website and Twitter account!

Fiona Steil-Antoni
Press Officer

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

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Aighearach Aighearach 8/25/2016 09:22
Adams has a lot of fans, and there are a limited number of 2700+ players. He'll show up, he'll be well dressed, he won't create any scandals, and chess authors may cite his games from the tournament.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 8/25/2016 08:50
i wish vishy to play for india in the olympiad!
ARK_ANGEL ARK_ANGEL 8/25/2016 06:13
GIKO invited again. Oh my god. I can't believe this. Why? Why?
KOTLD KOTLD 8/25/2016 03:28
I like to see the older guys still representing !
x_ileon@yahoo.co.uk x_ileon@yahoo.co.uk 8/24/2016 05:19
Cool lineup tho... it's never the same without Magnus! :)
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