Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


London Classic Round 1: Giri tricks Topalov

Anish Giri scored the only win in Round 1 of the London Chess Classic, saying his unlikely victory over Veselin Topalov reminded him of when he was a kid, “surviving with cheap tricks and zero understanding”. Hikaru Nakamura came close to joining Giri, but time pressure and only moves enabled Alexander Grischuk to pull off a great escape. Anand-Adams, Caruana-Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave-Carlsen were all little to write home about.


London Classic Round 2: Not a classic

Anish Giri still leads the 2015 London Chess Classic after Round 2 ended in five draws, four of which were quick and almost uneventful. If there’s one man you can’t criticise, though, it’s Hikaru Nakamura, who followed his missed win against Alexander Grischuk with a roller-coaster encounter with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The Frenchman felt he was enjoying himself a little too much as he let a big advantage slip and had to fight to hold a difficult endgame.




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