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15.12.14 - Vishy Anand won the 6th London Chess Classic on tie-break from Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri after defeating Mickey Adams with the black pieces in the final round on Sunday.



Final scores in tie-break order: 1. Anand 7; 2. Kramnik 7; 3. Giri 7; 4. Nakamura 6; 5. Adams 4; 6. Caruana 4. Vishy Anand has won the London Chess Classic Super-Six Tournament ahead of Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri on tiebreak.


It speaks volumes for the character of the man that he was able to bounce back from the disappointment of Sochi a few weeks ago to take this prestigious title in London. And prestige is a two-way street: Vishy Anand’s name on the trophy adds lustre to the London Chess Classic and means that all three world champions active during the tournament’s existence have now won it.



Vishy’s win on tie-break is karmic compensation for losing out to Magnus Carlsen on tie-break in 2010 despite defeating him in the tournament. Given that the event has now been in existence for five years and six events, it might be timely to publish our roll of honour: 2009 and 2010 Magnus Carlsen; 2011 Vlad Kramnik; 2012 Magnus Carlsen; 2013 Hikaru Nakamura; and now, 2014, Vishy Anand. You’d be hard pushed to find another 21st century tournament with a list of winners as impressive as that.


Final annotated report by John Saunders





Photo: Ray Morris-Hill



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Interview: Mayor of London at the London Chess Classic

7.2.15 - Boris Johnson talks about the importance of chess during a visit to the 6th London Chess Classic in 2014.






Plaudits & Letters 2014

Please see our plaudits and letters page we are compiling now that another fabulous London Chess Classic festival has finished. We welcome your comments about any aspect of the events.

Two Classic games: Can you solves two chess puzzles from the 6th London Open?

By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent | 19 Dec 2014


Here are two tricky puzzles from the London Chess Classic Under 2000 weekender, from the Sicilian and the Gruenfeld




Position after 18... g6?

A puzzle from the Under 2000 weekender, which also features the same opening as the puzzle published on Wednesday:



The 2014 London Chess Classic Open at

Olympia | Photo: RAY MORRIS-HILL


I. Amzallag – G. Bishop,

6th London Chess Classic, Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 d5 6.exd5 exd5 7.Bb5 d4 8.Ne2 Bd6 9.Ng3 0–0 10.0–0 Bd7 11.c3 dxc3 12.dxc3 Qc7 13.Qd3 a6 14.Bxc6 Bxc6 15.c4 Bxg3 16.fxg3 Rad8 17.Qf5 Ne4 18.Ng5 g6? (18...Nxg5 20.Rae1 h6)


White to play and WIN


Solution and second puzzle here ...


Couture Chess Set Auction


04.12.14 - One of the artistic features at this year’s London Chess Classic is the auction of a Couture chess set created by artist Tony Raymonzrek in conjunction with Purling London Luxury Chess Sets. The set will be displayed at Olympia during the course of the London Chess Classic and auctioned at the closing dinner of the London Chess Classic on Monday 15 December 2014.



Tony Raymonzrek’s chess set is a very striking work of art and is called the Chemical Warfare Protest Chess Table. Tony is a London-based artist with 35 years of experience in different mediums and styles.


He is self-taught and employs a technique that brings together the worlds of art, photography and fashion.


Read more and find out how to bid in the auction.


Anand takes London Chess Classic title: Indian bounces back from Carlsen defeat

By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent | 16 Dec 2014


Former world champion Vishy Anand took control against England's Michael Adams to secure first place outright and win one of the world’s top chess events



Vishy Anand and tournament organiser

Malcolm Pein | Photo: RAY MORRIS-HILL


Vishy Anand was declared the winner of the 6th London Chess Classic after he was the only victor in the final round.


Anand defeated England’s Michael Adams with the black pieces to join Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri on 7/15.


Anand won on tie-break, as the trio had all won one game, but his victory was with black.


Read more ...

London Chess Classic: Anand, Nakamura and Kramnik with all to play for on the final day

By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent | 15 Dec 2014


The London Chess Classic's football-style scoring system of three points for a win came into play in the final round of London's big event



Hikaru Nakamura | Photo: AFP/GETTY


When I was planning the first London Chess Classic, I took many soundings and thought long and hard about the scoring system.


I went for the three points for a win system because it can potentially keep so many players in the hunt until the very end.


The fifth and final round of the 6th London Chess Classic was a case in point.


Read more ...

Classic Round 4 Report ~ You've Just been Spacebarred



14.12.14 - With one round to go (starting at 2pm on Sunday), the Classic is nicely poised with five of the six players still able to finish first. Round four featured just the one decisive result, with Hikaru Nakamura beating Mickey Adams, which makes the scores as follows: Kramnik and Giri 6, Nakamura 5, Anand and Adams 4, Caruana 3.


One of the great things about an international chess tournament is the exchange of ideas between people from different countries and cultures.


Pictorial round 4 annotated report by John Saunders


David Howell Simul ~ Friday 12 Dec


10.12.14 - British Champion GM David Howell gave a simultaneous display in the foyer on Friday 12 December.


David played 10 games ... and won them all!


See a nice collection of high quality photos here


Board fee donations went to the Chess in Schools and Communities charity.



Classic Round 3 Report ~ All Quiet on the Olympia Front



13.12.14 - In round three of the London Chess Classic all six players scored the full point. Everyone’s a winner! No, I’m kidding as usual, and taking a chance on some of you forgetting that the tournament uses three points for a win and one for a draw.


All three games were drawn, hence one point apiece. The scores are now Kramnik and Giri 5, Adams 4, Anand 3, Caruana and Nakamura 2. The third match game between Gawain Jones and Romain Edouard was also a draw, so Gawain still leads, by 2-1.


Round 3 report with detailed annotated games by John Saunders


Classic Round 2 Report


12.12.14 - So to round two, with Britain’s Mickey Adams at the top of the table as the only winner in the first round. No distractions today, just straight down to business, with the only blonde mop-tops in sight being the children deputed to make the elite players first moves.


Today the number of decisive results doubled, as Vladimir Kramnik played what at least one of the spectating GMs described as ‘the perfect game’ to defeat Hikaru Nakamura, and Anish Giri opened his Olympia account at the expense of the overnight leader. Birthday celebrant Vishy Anand had another fairly uneventful draw, this time with Fabiano Caruana.


Round 2 Scores: Giri, Kramnik 4, Adams 3, Anand 2, Caruana, Nakamura 1.


Report with detailed annotated games by John Saunders


Kramnik a happy man: Vladimir defeats Nakamura's King's Indian

By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent | 12 Dec 2014


Hikaru Nakamura played into Russian former world champion Vladimir Kramnik's hands at the London Chess Classic 2014 at Olympia in Kensington



Vladimir Kramnik takes on Hikaru Nakamura

at the London Chess Classic


Vladimir Kramnik played a model game against the King’s Indian to defeat Hikaru Nakamura, as Michael Adams lost to Anish Giri in the second round of the 6th London Chess Classic, being held at Olympia.


Kramnik explained that he had kept this opening idea "in his pocket" until the opportunity arose.


The 14th world champion is an expert at defeating the King’s Indian and made the audience laugh when he said: "I admit I am always happy to see a King’s Indian."


Read more here ...


Photo: John Saunders




Classic Round 1 ~ Rule Britannia


11.12.14 - The host nation flew the flag on the first day of the Classic proper, with the only wins being achieved by three people from England: Mickey Adams, who won a real ‘up and downer’ of a game with world number two Fabiano Caruana; Gawain Jones, who won the first game of his six-game match against Romain Edouard; and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who won the hearts and minds of his audience at the opening ceremony.



It was a great boost for the prestige of the event, and for British chess in general, to have someone with the national profile of Boris Johnson pay us a visit. For those overseas readers who’ve never heard of him, he is a very famous politician here in Britain, and not just in London, with an approval rating in opinion polls which is the envy of all other British party leaders. He is often spoken of in the press as a future prime minister. Part of his charm is his ability to deliver an impromptu speech, full of imaginative allusions and classical references, not to mention occasional gaffes which don’t seem to bother him at all and from which he recovers effortlessly.


Report with detailed annotated games by John Saunders


Boris Johnson makes all the right moves at the Classic

Boris Johnson with children from

St Margaret's School, Barking


10.12.14 - Mayor of London Boris Johnson was at Olympia today to open the London Chess Classic Super Six and to lend his support to the work done in the capital to boost children's chess. He made one of his trademark ebullient speeches, linking the role of the chess pieces to life, the universe and politics (he suggested controversially that one 'castle' for every four pieces on the board represented a housing crisis).


Boris sat down to play a quick game, assisted by Mayan Varsani, representing Chess in Schools & Communities, against Dave Chan of Barclaycard and Frankie Niland, also from a CSC partner school. After a few moves and a bit of diplomacy a ½-½ coalition was agreed. Many thanks to Boris - it was a great fillip for the tournament having the Mayor of London as our guest


More photos of Boris's visit here


Pro-Biz Cup ~ Day 4 Round-up


10.12.14 - Day four of the London Chess Classic featured various events, involving the super-GMs in a novelty event, schoolchildren playing a transatlantic match with schools in Florida, USA, and the second round of the festival events, including the FIDE Open.


Eight super-GMs, including all six of the London Classic players, plus Nigel Short and Gawain Jones, were partnered by top business leaders, including the celebrated manager of the 2003 England team which won the Rugby World Cup. Eventually it came down to a light-hearted (but extremely well-played) final between Vladimir Kramnik and Russell Picot (of HSBC) on one side, and Anish Giri and Rajko Vujatovic (of Bank of America Merrill Lynch) on the other.


Pictorial report with additional photo links by John Saunders


Mickey Wins the Elite Blitz


09.12.14 - The London Classic Elite Blitz was held on the evening of 8 December 2014 in the auditorium of the Olympia Conference Centre, with all six elite entrants to the London Classic proper taking part in a double-cycle round-robin to decide the draw order for the main tournament.



The tournament (which was scored on the 3-1-0 basis) ended in a three-way tie for first between Mickey Adams (England), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) on 17/30, Anish Giri (Netherlands) on 16, Vishy Anand (India) 10 and Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 9.


Number of wins or black wins couldn't separate the leaders but Mickey Adams was placed first based on a better head-to-head result against his rivals. He was invited to choose his preferred draw number. He chose number 3 (note that numbers 1-3 secure an extra white). Hikaru Nakamura (who was second on tie-break) chose 2 and Vladimir Kramnik 1. Then Anish Giri opted for 5, Vishy Anand for 6 and Fabiano Caruana was left with 4.


Elite Blitz page | PGN of games (showing clock times) | More photos |


Super Rapidplay Open ~ Day 2


08.12.14 - Hikaru Nakamura of the USA won the London Super Rapidplay Open with an outstanding score of 9½/10, having conceded just the one draw in the sixth round to Matthew Sadler.


Second on his own, a full point behind Nakamura on 8½, was Anish Giri of the Netherlands. Ten players shared third place on 8 points: Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Vishy Anand (India), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Nigel Short, Nick Pert and Simon Williams (all England), Alex Lenderman and Daniel Naroditsky (both USA), Eric Hansen (Canada), and Alon Greenfeld (Israel).Hikaru Nakamura, runaway winner of the Super Rapidplay Open with 9½/10, starts the 2014 London Chess Classic the way he left off in 2013.


Report from Day 2 by John Saunders



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