Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Draw for the London Chess Classic

28 November 2015


The draw for the highly anticipated London Chess Classic, which is just one week away now, was performed by Tournament Director Malcolm Pein and Deputy Arbiter David Sedgwick with the pupils of Marion Richardson Primary School on Monday 23rd November.



This year’s London Chess Classic promises to be the most exciting to date, as it constitutes the final leg of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. With both World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in attendance - alongside 8 other world class players - the LCC will be the strongest tournament ever held in the UK.


Children from the Chess Class with David Sedgwick, Malcolm Pein and CSC Tutor Adam Bukojemski



Draw and Pairings


In accordance with the arrangements notified in St Louis, the colours were reversed from the Sinquefield Cup, with Michael Adams playing the opposite colours to Sinquefield Cup wild card Wesley So.


The players were placed in two groups of five. Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play five games with the white pieces and were randomly allocated numbers 1-5. Michael Adams, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura will play five games with the black pieces and were randomly allocated numbers 6-10.


The results of the draw were as follows:



1.   Veselin Topalov

2.   Alexander Grischuk

3.   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

4.   Fabiano Caruana

5.   Viswanathan Anand

6.   Michael Adams

7.   Levon Aronian

8.   Magnus Carlsen

9.   Hikaru Nakamura

10. Anish Giri




Full Pairings


Round 1 Friday 4th December 1600

Veselin Topalov v Anish Giri       

Alexander Grischuk v Hikaru Nakamura

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave v Magnus Carlsen

Fabiano Caruana v Levon Aronian

Viswanathan Anand v Michael Adams


Round 2 Saturday 5th December 1400

Anish Giri v Michael Adams        

Levon Aronian v Viswanathan Anand

Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana

Hikaru Nakamura v Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Veselin Topalov v Alexander Grischuk


Round 3 Sunday 6th December 1400

Alexander Grischuk v Anish Giri

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave v Veselin Topalov

Fabiano Caruana v Hikaru Nakamura

Viswanathan Anand v Magnus Carlsen

Michael Adams v Levon Aronian


Round 4 Monday 7th December 1600

Anish Giri v Levon Aronian

Magnus Carlsen v Michael Adams

Hikaru Nakamura v Viswanathan Anand

Veselin Topalov v Fabiano Caruana

Alexander Grischuk v Maxime Vachier-Lagrave


Round 5 Tuesday 8th December 1600

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave v Anish Giri

Fabiano Caruana v Alexander Grischuk Viswanathan Anand v Veselin Topalov

Michael Adams v Hikaru Nakamura

Levon Aronian v Magnus Carlsen

  Round 6 Thursday 10th December 1600

Anish Giri v Magnus Carlsen

Hikaru Nakamura v Levon Aronian

Veselin Topalov v Michael Adams

Alexander Grischuk v Viswanathan Anand

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave v Fabiano Caruana

Round 7 Friday 11th December 1600

Fabiano Caruana v Anish Giri

Viswanathan Anand v Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Michael Adams v Alexander Grischuk

Levon Aronian v Veselin Topalov

Magnus Carlsen v Hikaru Nakamura

  Round 8 Saturday 12th December 1400

Anish Giri v Hikaru Nakamura

Veselin Topalov v Magnus Carlsen

Alexander Grischuk v Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave v Michael Adams Fabiano Caruana v Viswanathan Anand

Round 9 Sunday 13th December 1400

Viswanathan Anand v Anish Giri

Michael Adams v Fabiano Caruana

Levon Aronian v Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Magnus Carlsen v Alexander Grischuk

Hikaru Nakamura v Veselin Topalov

  Rest Day Wednesday 9th December



Fiona Steil-Antoni

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