Fabiano takes the Tournament and Magnus wins the Tour

 

The ninth and final round of the 9th London Chess Classic, played on Monday 11 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre, concluded with two of the players lifting trophies. Fabiano Caruana needed a tie-breaker against Ian Nepomniachtchi to win the first prize in the tournament itself, while Magnus Carlsen clinched the first prize in the overall Grand Chess Tour.

     
 

A pulsating final day’s play saw three decisive games as the gruelling event took its toll in errors but the fans were also treated to a display of top-notch technique.

 

As things stood overnight, Ian Nepomniachtchi was half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana in the running for the first prize in the tournament.

 

 

Final Rd Report | Photos | Games

 

 

 

     

London Chess Classic to host 2018 Grand Chess Tour Finals - Press Release

10 December 2017

     

 

The 2018 Grand Chess Tour will conclude with an exciting new format at the London Chess Classic.

 

 

The four top‑scoring players will contest a semi-final and final that will determine the overall winner and top 4 places in the 2018 GCT. The format change has been determined by the GCT Advisory Board and was announced earlier today during the 8th and penultimate round of the London Chess Classic.

 

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Video insert: This was also run during the round 8 show which contains the key details of the press statement.


Round 9 - Fabiano takes the Tournament and Magnus wins the Tour

12.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The ninth and final round of the 9th London Chess Classic, played on Monday 11 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre, concluded with two of the players lifting trophies. Fabiano Caruana needed a tie-breaker against Ian Nepomniachtchi to win the first prize in the tournament itself, while Magnus Carlsen clinched the first prize in the overall Grand Chess Tour.

     

 
 

A pulsating final day’s play saw three decisive games as the gruelling event took its toll in errors but the fans were also treated to a display of top-notch technique.

 

 

Malcolm Pein presents Fabiano Caruana with the Classic trophy, while Magnus Carlsen holds the Grand Chess Tour trophy

Round 9 pictorial report in Full | All Games from Round 9 & Playoff

Annotated Games from Round 9 | Additional Round 9 Photos

Photos Lennart Ootes

 


Round 8 - Carlsen Car Crash at the Classic

11.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The eighth round of the 9th London Chess Classic was played on Sunday 10 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre. The round featured just the one decisive game, which was a disastrous loss for Carlsen, as the result of two terrible blunders.

     

 

This gifted the sole leadership and a third consecutive win to Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. Going into Monday’s last round Nepomniachtchi leads with 5½, followed by Caruana on 5, Vachier-Lagrave 4½, Carlsen, Nakamura, Aronian, So 4, Karjakin, Anand, Adams 3.

 

Carlsen arrived a tad late for his game but, other than the fact that he was still suffering from the cold that has afflicted him for much of the tournament, there were no other clues that he was about to hit the buffers. His opening was insipid but there’s no news there as he often settles for innocuous looking variations which avoid complex theory and allow him to test an opponent over the long distance.

 

Pictorial report in Full | Games from Round 8

Annotated game from Round 8

Additional Round 8 Photos by Lennart Ootes

 

 

 

Photo © John Saunders

The fateful game of the round which ruined Carlsen’s chances

   

Round 7 - The Nepo Man Catches up with Fabi

10.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The seventh round of the 9th London Chess Classic was played on Saturday 9 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre. It featured as many decisive games as rounds one to six put together – three – as some players stirred themselves from their earlier torpor, while others started to tire as a result of the relentless attrition typical of elite chess.

     

 

By the end of the round the leadership had doubled, with Ian Nepomniachtchi winning to level with Fabiano Caruana on 4½/7, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen both won to reach 4 and stay in touch with the leaders. At the other end of the table, Mickey Adams, Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin are now cut adrift on 2½, a whole point behind the middle markers Levon Aronian, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura who have 3½.

 

Points in this tournament are rather like London buses. You wait all day for one to come along and suddenly three come along at once. A round or two back we were starting to get slightly worried that the 2017 London Classic might be about to break a record that nobody wants ...

 

Pictorial report in Full | Games from Round 7

Annotated games from Round 7

Additional Round 7 Photos by Lennart Ootes

 

 

Photo © John Saunders

In the end it looked like tiredness got the better of Vishy Anand

   

Round 6 - Magnus Escapes by the Skin of his Teeth

09.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The sixth round of the 9th London Chess Classic followed the rest day and was played on Friday 8 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre. There was just one decisive game but this was by some way the most exciting round of the competition so far. US number one Fabiano Caruana retained his lead with a draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but it was reduced to just half a point when Ian Nepomniachtchi prevailed against the home player Mickey Adams in a rook and pawn endgame to move into the second spot.

     

 

The star game of the day was Hikaru Nakamura versus Magnus Carlsen which ended in a draw after the American squandered a golden opportunity to defeat the world champion. The other two games also had considerable merit.

 

There was a salutary reminder here for everyone who has been lamenting all the draws in this competition. Nakamura-Carlsen was another draw - but what a game it was! I remember a year or two ago comparing one of Carlsen’s games to a whodunit, except that his long grinds would be better entitled ‘howdunits’.

 

Pictorial report in Full | Games from Round 6

Annotated games from Round 6

Additional Photos by Lennart Ootes

 

 

 

 

Photo © John Saunders

Carlsen goes head to head with his old rival Nakamura

   

Round 5 - Super Fabi Goes Ballistic, Others Lose their Focus

07.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The fifth round of the 9th London Chess Classic, played on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre, saw US number one Fabiano Caruana forge clear of the field by a point after winning his second game in a row, this time against ex-world champion Vishy Anand.

     

 

It’s starting to look like a one-man tournament. Caruana has won two games, the other nine competitors not one between them. We’ve only just passed the mid-point of the tournament, of course, so it could all go wrong for him yet but it would require a sea change in the pacific nature of the tournament for this to happen. Minds are starting to go back to Fabi’s wonder tournament, the Sinquefield Cup of 2014 when he scored an incredible 8½/10 to finish a Grand Canyon in points ahead of Carlsen, Topalov, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave and Nakamura. That amounted to a tournament performance rating of 3103 which is so off the scale for these things that it doesn’t even register on the brain as a feasible Elo number.

 

Pictorial report in Full | Games from Round 5

 

Round 5 Photos by Lennart Ootes

Round 5 Photos by Spectrum Studios

 

 

Photo © Lennart Ootes

Tournament leader Fabiano Caruana talks to Maurice Ashley

   
 

Asian Network's Big Debate

 
 
   

International Master, Woman Grandmaster, presenter and commentator Tania Sachdev, talks to Nomia Iqbal about her personal development in chess, how to improve as a player ... and lots more!

 

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Round 4 - Fabiano Caruana Leads the Anish Giri Cup

06.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The fourth round of the 9th London Chess Classic was played on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre, West London. And finally we have a decisive result, at the 20th time of asking.

     

 

Better late than never. For the first time it’s worth showing a crosstable.

 

This time we’ll take the last game to finish at the top of the report, for no other reason than it was the decisive game: Fabiano Caruana’s win with Black against Sergey Karjakin. After 19 straight draws it came as a gift of the gods to a languishing chess world (as was alleged to have been said of the invention of the Evans Gambit).

 

Pictorial report in Full | Games from Round 4

 

Round 4 Photos by Lennart Ootes

Round 4 Photos by Spectrum Studios

 

 

   

Round 3 - Fifteen Draws and what do you get?

05.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The third round of the 9th London Chess Classic was played on Monday 4 December 2017 at the Olympia Conference Centre, West London, and ended with the same five results as the previous two rounds five draws. They were hard fought, with several players going out on a limb with pawn sacrifices, but the defence held in every case.

     

 

The final game to finish was tantalisingly close to a decisive result, had the player in question fathomed out a difficult computer idea.

 

Pictorial report in Full | Games from Round 3

 

Round 3 Photos by Lennart Ootes

Round 3 Photos by Spectrum Studios

 

Photo © John Saunders

Nakamura-So: the two US players set the tone for the day

   

Round 2 - Winter Draws On

04.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The second round of the 9th London Chess Classic saw the tournament migrate back to its familiar home at the Olympia Conference Centre, West London, after the brief dalliance with Google’s London HQ in Pancras Square. Round three takes place on Monday 4 December, but at the changed time of 16.00 London time.

 

 

As Maurice Ashley put it, quoting an earlier US sports commentator, "it was déjà vu all over again." First to finish were Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin who concluded hostilities on move 30. The first movement of the oeuvre was Giuoco Piano, the second pianissimo, the third molto doloroso and the fourth whatever the Italian is for non-existent.

 

The score of this game may be examined on our website but is one for devoted chessologists only. I don't propose to do much more than hum the main theme. Contradicting what Emperor Joseph said in the film Amadeus, I felt there were not enough notes.

 

Report in Full | Photo Gallery | All Games from Round 2

 

Annotated games from Round 2

 

 

Photo © John Saunders

“We meet again, Mr Karjakin!” - Carlsen and Karjakin face off

   

Round 1 - All Quiet on the Google Front

02.12.17 - John Saunders reports: The first round of the 9th London Chess Classic, played at Google’s London HQ in Pancras Square, saw all five games drawn. The tournament now takes an early rest day, allowing the tournament to migrate its equipment to the more familiar setting of the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington in time for round two which takes place on Sunday 3 December at 14.00 London time.

 

 

It was a little disappointing that Google’s state-of-the-art City venue could not have been rewarded with some more exciting headlines for its generosity in hosting the opening round of the Classic but that is often the way with our game when played at its most stratospheric level.

 

The same thing happened in round three of August’s Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis, which featured nine of the ten players who now line up in London. It wasn’t for the want of trying, at least on a couple of the boards. Look closer and you’ll find the latter stages of one of them was a humdinger.

 

Report in Full | Photo Gallery | All Games from Round 1

 

Annotated games from Round 1

Demis Hassabis makes the ceremonial first move for Magnus

   

5th Pro-Biz Cup

John Saunders reports: The 5th Pro-Biz Cup took place on Thursday 30 November 2017 at the London offices of Google on Pancras Square, London.

 

 

   

 

This novelty event serves a number of functions; it’s a curtain-raiser for the main event, the London Chess Classic, which is the last leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour; it is a fund-raiser for the Chess in Schools and Communities charity, with the amateur players involved making generous donations to this worthy cause; and it enables everyone involved, players, organisers, technicians, press and guests, to meet and greet each other and generally acclimatise to the atmosphere at one of the world’s most prestigious and exciting chess competitions.

 

Pictorial report in full | Photo Gallery | Replay Games


DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis inspires London schoolchildren - Press Release 5

23 Nov 2017

 

 

John Saunders reports: Demis Hassabis, co-founder of the leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, now part of Google’s Alpha Group, paid a visit to UCL Academy, a secondary school in Camden, London, on 8 November to talk to the academy students about Artificial Intelligence and give a simul with a difference in which the opponents could consult a computer engine during play.

 

 

Though now more famous for his pioneering work in the field of neuroscience-inspired AI, Demis Hassabis is also a chess player of some renown, having reached a rating of 2300 aged just 13 on FIDE’s January 1990 list at a time when the only player of his age group rated higher than him was Judit Polgar.

 

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Photo © John Saunders


Tania Sachdev: the female Grandmaster making moves in the 'man's game' of chess

Alex Preston | 19 Nov 2017

 

There’s a YouTube video of Tania Sachdev aged seven, from a programme called The World This Week on India’s NDTV.

 

 

She’s at the well-apportioned family home in Delhi, recently returned from winning her first international chess tournament in London.

 

 

She’s a bouncy, energetic little girl, shown combing the hair of a Barbie that’s seen better days, then prancing joyfully along to a Bollywood soundtrack, her arms a dizzy whirl.

 

You see it even then, though, the change that comes over her as soon as she sits in front of a chessboard. She grows suddenly still, focused, her large eyes solemn and unblinking.

 

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Photo © Kate Peters


Yes2Chess Final

 

The 2017-18 Yes2Chess final was held between The Dell School, Chepstow and Stora Hammars skola Hollvoken near Malmo Sweden at Olympia Conference Centre on Thursday 7 December.

 

Information, videos, scores and game replays here.


British Knockout Chess Championship - Press Release 4

21 Nov 2017

 

 

John Saunders reports: The 3rd British Knockout Championship takes place alongside the London Chess Classic from 1-9 December 2017, featuring most of the leading grandmasters from the UK plus the winner of the 4NCL Open held over the weekend of 3-5 November in Coventry.

 

Pairings (The first named player has White in Game 1)

Quarter Finals

1

Nigel Short

v Alan Merry
2

Matthew Sadler

v Jonathan Rowson
3

David Howell

v Jonathan Hawkins
4

Gawain Jones

v Luke McShane

 


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