Michael Adams gets wildcard for the London Chess Classic 2016

 

 

   
 

 

Malcolm Pein announcing the wildcard at the

closing ceremony of the Sinquefield Cup

(Photo: Spectrum Studios)

   

The 10th player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than Englandís number one, Michael Adams. The Cornishman has been the countryís 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. As recently as two weeks ago, Mickey was crowned British Champion in Bournemouth, outclassing the opposition and posting an impressive score of 10/11 that equalled the record set by Julian Hodgson in 1992.

 

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 Adamsí 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 ďspidermanĒ.

 

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 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 beat 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!

 

Donít miss any updates on the tournament by following the tournamentís official website and Twitter account!

 


 

Fiona Steil-Antoni
Press Officer

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