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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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