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Nakamura triumphs in the Super Sixteen Rapid

 

 

26-year-old US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of the USA has won the 5th London Chess Classic, staged this year as a rapid chess tournament and billed as the Super Sixteen Rapid. The top American grandmaster defeated former world championship finalist Boris Gelfand of Israel by 1½-½ in the final.

 

 
   

As the world number four on the FIDE Rating List for classical chess, and number three at rapid chess, the result was far from being a surprise but it was a significant achievement in the career of a remarkable player who must be a leading contender to threaten Magnus Carlsen’s world crown in the next few years.

 

Hikaru’s progression through the competition was impressive. He scored +2, =4, -0 in the preliminary phase, and then improved that to +3, =3, -0 against sterner opposition in the knock-out phase. To go through without a loss was a clear sign of strength.

 

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Report 6 - Semi Finals

15.12.13 - Hikaru Nakamura of the USA and Boris Gelfand of Israel have qualified as finalists of the Super Sixteen Rapid at the London Chess Classic after an exciting afternoon's play at the Olympia Conference Centre, and the most dramatic of conclusions. The final two-game match between them follows at 1730 UK time this evening. Read more.

Reports 5 - Hung, Drawn and Quarter-Finalled

15.12.13 - The Super Sixteen has now become the Super Eight and Saturday’s exercise saw the eight whittled down to four. One of the curiosities of this tournament is that, despite the alleged ‘randomness’ of rapid chess, all eight top seeded proceeded to the knock-out stages at the expense of the rest. With all the quarter-finals being between players who were fairly close together on the rating, there were no real surprises there either. Another thing to note is that three of the semi-finalist have an average age of about 40.

Report 4 - Beginning of the End ...

14.12.13 - So the preliminary stage is over, with the result that all eight starting favourites are through to the quarter-finals (pairings are Kramnik-Anand, Adams-Svidler, Caruana-Gelfand, Short-Nakamura). The tournament has had a number of surprise individual results but in the end the double-cycle all-play-all format has ensured that the consistent performers have come through.

Report 3 - Rounds 3 and 4

 
   

13.12.13 - The first session of Round 3 featured major match-ups between the leaders of Groups C and D, while the players at the foot of the table had to slug it out to rescue their chances of staying in contention beyond the end of the all-play-all phase on Friday. Caruana ½-½ Howell: this was an epic encounter in which the British Champion stood and fought toe-to-toe with the world number seven and had several chances to win. Fabiano’s opening didn’t look too sharp and David gradually outplayed him, with his b-pawn becoming a monster.

Report 2 - The Action Begins

12.12.13 - This year’s main event at the London Chess Classic, the Super Sixteen Rapid, began at 1400 at the Olympia Conference Centre, with the elite players playing at a rate of 25 minutes for all the moves, plus ten seconds added per move. They are divided up into four groups of four, with the top two qualifying for a final knock-out phase. The point system is, as usual at the Classic, 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

Report 1 - Superstars Limber up with some Novelty Chess

11.12.13 - The fourth day of the 2013 London Chess Classic, held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London saw the arrival of the superstars, to take part in some novelty events, with celebs, amateurs and representatives of the business world, and maybe to try to gain a psychological edge over their rivals.

 

There was also some crucial action in the FIDE Open, to decide the last two places in the Super Sixteen Rapid. Two top GMs, Andrei Istratescu of France and Emil Sutovsky of Israel, won their fourth straight games and earned instant promotion to the main event.

Super 16 Rapid - Round 1

The draw took place last week at Ravenscroft Primary School in Newham. Pupils helped Malcolm Pein and deputy arbiter David Sedgwick sort the players into pools and then to complete the draw.

 

Play starts Wednesday 11th at 14.00. The games with video commentary and expert analysis will be broadcast LIVE.

 

More information and pairings for the first 3 days.

 

All Super 16 rapid games in PGN | Livestream video recording |

 

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