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Magnus Carlsen wins the London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour

16.12.15 - To adapt Gary Lineker’s famous football quote (and not for the first time): chess is a simple game. The players play longplay, rapidplay and blitz and in the end Magnus Carlsen wins.



The final day of the London Classic had the lot – a mind-numbing, eight-hour extravaganza of chess in three different formats, brilliant moves, crazy strategies, outrageous slices of luck – and somehow you just knew that Magnus Carlsen would come through it all to snatch first place in the tournament and in the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. He did so and deserves the plaudits.




But let’s also hear it for his co-stars in the last-day drama – Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier- Lagrave – who deserve to share some of the winner’s stardust.


London Classic, final scores: 1. Magnus Carlsen 5½, 2. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 5½, 3. Anish Giri 5½, 4. Levon Aronian 5, 5-7. Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Michael Adams 4½, 8. Hikaru Nakamura 4, 9. Viswanathan Anand 3½, 10. Veselin Topalov 2½.


Round 9 report in full by John Saunders


Annotated Games | PGN | Photo Gallery |


Magnus Carlsen with his trophies for the Grand Chess Tour and London Chess Classic ... more photos.


Chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen: 'Bobby Fischer is my dream opponent'

By Sheena McKenzie, for CNN, December 16, 2015



Magnus Carlsen: Evolution of the Greatest ever Chess Player


(CNN) Magnus Carlsen is used to breaking records. At 13 he became the world's youngest chess grandmaster. Six years later, at the age of 19, the baby-faced Norwegian was named the World No. 1 -- again, the youngest player to hold the title.


Now 25-years-old, the international poster boy of chess might have been one of the youngest players at the prestigious 2015 London Chess Classic -- but that clearly wasn't going to stop him taking home the trophy on Sunday.


We sat down with the chess genius, asking him questions posed by YOU using the hashtag #AskMagnus.


And we were inundated with questions from the public -- everything from Carlsen's eating habits to his ultimate opponent.


We put your questions to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen. Here are some of the best.

Classic Round Up - Day 9

15.12.15 - Yesterday’s round-up predicted it could be a late night at the Olympia Conference Centre on the last day of the London Chess Classic, but little did the fans know they were in for a high intensity 10-hour chess marathon.



The final and decisive round had started at the usual 2 pm weekend kick-off time and, for the seventh time in the tournament, there were four draws and one decisive result. Adams-Caruana, Aronian-Vachier Lagrave, Anand-Giri and Nakamura-Topalov were all balanced draws. The one decisive result (which was incidentally also the last game to finish) was crucial as Magnus Carlsen ultimately got the better of Alexander Grischuk.


More from Day 9 by Fiona Steil-Antoni


Play through the games from Round 9 here




Pro-Biz Cup - Hilton Hotel, Monday 14 December

14.12.15 - As part of the London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup brings leading business minds and the world’s leading Grandmasters together in a fun knock-out tournament to raise money for the UK charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). Games were broadcast LIVE.


List of Players | Press Release | ProBiz Website | Read More | Replay Games | Photos of the Event |




Pro Biz Cup in action with GM's Caruana and Nakamura helping


Winner Josip Asik


Classic Round 8 Report

13.12.15 - Round eight and we were back to the standard 1:4 ratio of decisive games to draws. But very good quality draws, let it be said. The one winner was Anish Giri, who inflicted a second successive defeat on the unlucky Hikaru Nakamura.



Scores with one round to go are: 1-2 Anish Giri (NED), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 5/8, 3-5 Levon Aronian (ARM), Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 4½, 6-7 Mickey Adams (ENG), Fabiano Caruana (USA) 4, 8 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 3½, 9 Vishy Anand (IND) 3, 10 Veselin Topalov (BUL) 2. As regards the Grand Chess Tour standings: the estimates going into the final round are Giri 24, Vachier-Lagrave 23, Aronian 22, Carlsen 21, etc. These can of course change quite drastically depending on results.


Round 8 report in full by John Saunders


Annotated games from Round 8 | Download PGN


Photo gallery from Day 8

Aronian, MVL and Carlsen enjoy some pre-game banter


Super Rapidplay

13.12.15 - In the Super Rapidplay, Luke McShane carried his superb form into day two, as he rushed to a perfect 9/9, securing tournament victory with a round to go.



In the last round, he was held to a draw by Alex Lenderman, but he nevertheless left second-place finisher Hrant Melkumyan a whole point behind him.


A total of nine players shared third place with 8/10, including British Knockout Championship runner-up Nicholas Pert and IM David Eggleston, who was perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament.


Prize Fund: 1st £2,500; 2nd £1,500; 3rd £1,000; 4th - 5th £750; 6th - 7th £500.


Final standings | Prizewinners List


More information about the event


Replay games from the Top 20 boards - Rounds 1-10




Luke McShane, winner of the Super Rapidplay


Rest Day Round Up

10.12.15 - While the London Chess Classic players got to enjoy a rest day, there was still a lot of chess action going on elsewhere at Olympia Conference Centre, most notably with the conclusion of the inaugural British Knockout Championship.



In the 6th and final game of this novel and exciting event, David Howell outplayed Nicholas Pert to take the final by a score of 4-2 and the winner’s cheque of £20,000. Congratulations! Pert picked up £10,000 for his efforts.



In the FIDE Open, three of the ten leaders - Evgeny Postny, Benjamin Bok and Eric Hansen - won their games and are in the joint lead with 2 rounds to go.


Before the players return to the board on Thursday, now is a good time to view the GCT Estimated Standings, with an additional 150,000$ at stake for the top-three finishers of the Tour (75,000$ for the winner, 50,000$ for the runner-up and 25,000$ for third place).


More from the Rest Day Round Up by Fiona Steil-Antoni


British KO Championship results and games.


David Howell, winner of the British Knockout Championship


Game of the Day Vote


ChessBase are offering free copies of the newly-released Fritz 15, and ChessBase Magazine 169, to the online audience of the 7th London Chess Classic.


All viewers were able to vote online for the best game of each round of the Classic, and one randomly-drawn person won a prize each day.


See winners list.




Classic Round Up - Day 8

12.12.15 - Today’s penultimate round saw a lone decisive result, but the players treated us to plenty of fighting chess and set the stage perfectly for tomorrow’s 9th and final round in which a huge amount is at stake. The winners of the London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour will be decided as well as who qualifies for next year’s tour.



The first game of the day to finish saw tournament leader Vachier-Lagrave draw with Adams who defended the Ruy Lopez with ease. MVL decided to repeat moves and a draw was agreed on move 37.


While this game was always balanced, the draw that soon followed between Grischuk and Aronian was a much wilder affair.


More from Day 8 by Fiona Steil-Antoni


Play through the games from Round 8 here




Classic Round 7 Report

12.12.15 - Well, that round was a bit more like it! The London Classic came to life in round seven at Olympia, with three decisive results, some pulsating play on all the boards and a tense, cliff-hanging endgame which went on long into the evening.



After seven of the nine rounds the situation is now as follows: 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 4½, 2-5 Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk 4, 6-8 Mickey Adams, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura 3½, 9 Vishy Anand 2½, 10 Veselin Topalov 1½.


The first game to finish (in just a little under three hours) was Aronian-Topalov, with the Bulgarian going down to another disappointing defeat.


Round 7 report in full by John Saunders


Annotated games from Round 7 | Download PGN


Photo gallery from Day 7

Carlsen and Nakamura about to create a game to remember


Classic Round Up - Day

12.12.15 - Chess fans were treated to three decisive results at the Classic today as the openings and the atmosphere changed completely. The battle between Carlsen and Nakamura had the spectators on the edge of their seats until 11pm.



After pushing for most of the game, Carlsen broke down Nakamura’s defences in the seventh hour and the American resigned on move 78 - making it an incredible +12 =18 -0 lifetime score in favour of the World Champion in classical games.


The US number one defended robustly until very near the end, and was even 25 minutes to 8 minutes up on the clock but 62...f6? was possibly the decisive error and Magnus uncorked the incredible 67.Kxf6!! which Nakamura had understandably missed.


More from Day 7 by Fiona Steil-Antoni


Play through the games from Round 7 here




Classic Round Up - Day 6

10.12.15 - Today saw the return of the Grand Chess Tour, with the identity of this year’s winner still very much in the balance. With 3 rounds to go, almost anyone could still win both the London Classic and overall Grand Chess Tour title.



The first result to come in today was yet another draw in a Berlin, this time in the game between Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana. Next up drawing their encounter were Anish Giri and Magnus Carlsen, meaning the former not only remains unbeaten in all three tournaments of the Grand Chess Tour, but also undefeated by the World Champion.


Nakamura and Aronian also split the point as soon as the time control was made, as there was nothing left to play for in a level rook endgame.


More from Day 6 by Fiona Steil-Antoni


Play through the games from Round 6 here


Giri analyses from the large screen, Carlsen from the board.


Classic Round 6 Report

10.12.15 - Round six of the London Chess Classic took place on Thursday 10 December at the Olympia Conference Centre and saw just one decisive game. Alexander Grischuk defeated Vishy Anand to join three other players in the lead with +1, while the former world champion dropped back to ninth place.



Scores after six rounds: 1-4 Anish Giri (NED), Alexander Grischuk (RUS), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 3½/6, 5-8 Mickey Adams (ENG), Levon Aronian (ARM), Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Fabiano Caruana (USA) 3, 9 Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2½, 10 Veselin Topalov 1½. Three rounds remain.


The clash of two of the leaders, Vachier-Lagrave and Giri, was bloodless and the first game to finish, around two hours into the round. It was a Berlin Defence and drawn in 33 moves. The main point of interest was the move 19...Nd4, which must have been computer analysis.


Round 6 report in full by John Saunders


Annotated games from Round 6 | Download PGN


Photo gallery from Day 6

Giri is getting so lazy he employs a child to move his pieces.


Livestream Broadcasts

9.12.15 - Round 5 - Watch the post-game press conference, where Anish explained he’s going to spend the next 36 hours straight preparing for his Round 6 game with Magnus Carlsen



In other Round 5 news: Vishy Anand shrugged off the previous day's defeat to outplay Veselin Topalov in textbook style in Round 5 of the 2015 London Chess Classic.


That was, yet again, the only decisive game, since Fabiano Caruana failed to find the killer blow after crashing through in Alexander Grischuk’s time trouble. World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian were among the other players to draw, with neither star having notched a win in five attempts.


More Livestream Broadcasts here


Play through Round 5 games here



Classic Round 5 Report

9.12.15 - As usual we started with some children making moves for the grandmasters. This time the children in question had travelled all the way from Gloucestershire. That’s around 200 kilometres due west of London for those readers unfamiliar with our green and pleasant land, and our adherence to Imperial units of measurement.



They brought with them some innovative opening ideas. The little boy from Slimbridge Primary School deputed to make Levon Aronian’s move against Magnus Carlsen unfurled 1.Nh3!? which was extremely welcome with us photographers as it made the players smile for the camera.


The clash of two of the leaders, Vachier-Lagrave and Giri, was bloodless and the first game to finish, around two hours into the round. It was a Berlin Defence and drawn in 33 moves. The main point of interest was the move 19...Nd4, which must have been computer analysis.


Round 5 report in full by John Saunders


Annotated games from Round 5 | Download PGN


Photo gallery from Day 5


The little boy from Slimbridge Primary School unfurled 1.Nh3!?


Boris Johnson, London Chess Classic





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