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London Chess Classic Open Tournament

Jon Ludvig Hammer7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Boris Grachev7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Tigran Gharamian7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Mateusz Bartel7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Viorel Iordachescu7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Neil R McDonald7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Vladislav Nevednichy6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Sabino Brunello6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Mark Hebden6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Raja Panjwani6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Jahongir Vakhidov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksander Petkov Delchev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Robin van Kampen6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Benjamin Bok6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Sundar M Shyam6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ziaur Rahman6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Yang-Fan Zhou6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Frode Elsness6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Keith Arkell6/8(+6 -2 =0)[games]
Kalle Kiik6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Justin Sarkar6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Jovanka Houska6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
John J Cox6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Eesha Karavade6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Simon T Ansell6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Slavin6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
* (189 players total; 160 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
London Chess Classic Open (2013)

London Chess Classic FIDE Open 2013 was played 7-15 December in Kensington, London, England. Official site: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/2.... Standings table: http://www.classic.livechess.co.uk/.... The festival also included the Super Sixteen Rapid (for super-GMs), which culminated with the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013), and many other minor events.

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 783  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Zumsande vs S Gschwendtner 1-0462013London Chess Classic OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. R Bates vs O Phillips  1-0362013London Chess Classic OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. I Matthew vs A Longson  0-1232013London Chess Classic OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. B Khatanbaatar vs T Schmitz  1-0642013London Chess Classic OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. S Jacob vs G Wall  ½-½272013London Chess Classic OpenA80 Dutch
6. P J Sowray vs D McCarthy  1-0332013London Chess Classic OpenE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
7. V Sagues vs G Gislason  ½-½262013London Chess Classic OpenB06 Robatsch
8. G Buchicchio vs M Dydak 1-0212013London Chess Classic OpenC10 French
9. D K Shah vs T Chapman  0-1362013London Chess Classic OpenB44 Sicilian
10. S Franklin vs James Robinson  ½-½422013London Chess Classic OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. V Rumsey vs M E Osborne  0-1352013London Chess Classic OpenE15 Queen's Indian
12. N Carr vs S Whatley  1-0402013London Chess Classic OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. O Solli vs S J Roe  0-1272013London Chess Classic OpenA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
14. P Barasi vs J Richardson  0-1562013London Chess Classic OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. I Ben Artzi vs D J White 1-0312013London Chess Classic OpenA58 Benko Gambit
16. F Al-Hamlan vs B Ahlander  0-1432013London Chess Classic OpenA43 Old Benoni
17. J Sarkar vs M Acosta  1-0432013London Chess Classic OpenD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
18. R Sellmair vs A Summerscale  ½-½362013London Chess Classic OpenB07 Pirc
19. N R McDonald vs J Shepley  1-0482013London Chess Classic OpenB07 Pirc
20. J Cox vs H Milligan  1-0392013London Chess Classic OpenA15 English
21. R C Cannon vs D H Fernandez  0-1622013London Chess Classic OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
22. E Karavade vs P R Wood  1-0752013London Chess Classic OpenA14 English
23. R Pleininger vs S T Ansell  0-1602013London Chess Classic OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Tommy Andersson vs D Faldon  ½-½412013London Chess Classic OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. K Millward vs J Ortega Ruiz  0-1462013London Chess Classic OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 783  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-11-13  The Rocket: How does this work? Is the London chess classics rapid for the top guns, and a slow chess qualification tournament for the others?
Dec-11-13  cbpatzer: Actually the only place with all moves updated was https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream... and Short - Howell is draw (not win for white as reported elsewhere)
Dec-11-13  Kinghunt: Anand ultimately defeated McShane, but after getting an objectively lost position. This win can't have done much for his morale.
Dec-11-13  iamsheaf: how many rounds per day?
Dec-11-13  iamsheaf: <Anand ultimately defeated McShane, but after getting an objectively lost position. This win can't have done much for his morale.> Is it? Strange when this happens to Magnus it doesn't seem to affect his morale, does it?
Dec-11-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevinatcausa: <The Rocket> There's two tournaments going on Simultaneously. The "big guns" event (The Classic) is a 16 person rapid event, 14 of whose players were chosen in advance.

The open event is non-rapid ("slow chess") and started several days before the Classic. The first 4 rounds of the open event also served as a qualification for the Classic (the top two players after Round 4 were pulled out of the event to fill the last two slots in the Classic), but the open's also its own tournament and is still going on.

Dec-11-13  Kinghunt: <iamsheaf: <Anand ultimately defeated McShane, but after getting an objectively lost position. This win can't have done much for his morale.> Is it? Strange when this happens to Magnus it doesn't seem to affect his morale, does it?>

You're kidding, right? Have you ever seen Carlsen in a press conference after a game where he was worse, much less losing, whatever the result? He is by the far the harshest self-critic of any top player. (The last round win against Aronian in St. Louis comes to mind.)

There is a difference in their mental states, though. Carlsen knows he's the best, and not much can shake his self-confidence. Anand just lost the title and has sounded very unsure of himself and what he wants to do in the future in recent interviews. Anand is badly in need of a confidence boost right now.

Dec-11-13  HeMateMe: Where are the games featuring the top group, like the above mentioned game, Anand/McShane?
Dec-11-13  Kinghunt: <HeMateMe> I'm not sure where chessgames intends to put them, but you can see them at www.chessbomb.com.
Dec-11-13  supy: <Kinghunt> <HeMateMe> chessbomb have wrong results and incomplete moves for the first day the suggested above https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream... seems more reliable for LCC. Do I have to be a member though to download the pgn?
Dec-11-13  waustad: The World Mind Games are going on now too in Beijing. Among the players I noticed are Levon Aronian and several of the top women from Yifan Huo through Pia Cramling.
Dec-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: I cannot figure out from their website whether any of the chess games at the World Mind Games are being broadcast live. According to the schedule, round 1 is supposed to be tomorrow, but from another page round 1 has already finished (Aronian lost!). Does anyone have a live broadcast address?
Dec-12-13  Eti fan: Parallel rapid with Aronian, Kamsky, Nepo, Grischuk http://www.chessdom.com/mind-sports...
Dec-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Ward and King's commentary is a farce. If this is the best the format will allow I'm glad Short is playing not commentating.
Dec-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: With the new format and the association with children, this tournament can now become the Xmas pantomime of the super chess circuit. Maybe the winners will have to lead community singing and give goody bags to the school children at the end!
Dec-12-13  fref: I'm slightly disappointed by the performances of the 2 "qualified" players (Itratescu and Sutovsky) in the closed section
Dec-12-13  HeMateMe: Are the London organizes offsetting costs by charging entrance fees to the increased number of players?

It no longer has the feel of an elite GM tournament.

Dec-12-13  Kinghunt: <HeMateMe: It no longer has the feel of an elite GM tournament.>

This page is for the open, which has always existed. The elite GM tournament is now just a rapid event.

Dec-12-13  ragtag: More than half of London's population is now non British.
Dec-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: Yea, I miss the old format.
Dec-12-13  Kinghunt: I think the old format may come back, but it's dependent on Carlsen's participation. I would imagine the expenses for appearance fees/prizes are a lot higher for the classical format, and they need Carlsen's popularity to make it worthwhile.

If Carlsen decides to play in next year's event, they will probably make it classical again, and Aronian will also be back. But given that Carlsen's first title defense is next November, it's quite likely he will again not want to play, and it will stay rapid.

Dec-12-13  waustad: There will be a many way tie for first after the 2 players with 4.5/5 drew.
Dec-13-13  Absentee: Why is there no live commentary today?
Not that I miss Trent's "AWMAIWAD!!!11" (you can actually hear the 1s) too much, but in general I appreciated it.
Dec-15-13  Absentee: Errata: turns out it's actually Chris Ward, not good old Lawrence Trent, who has the habit of shouting "OH MY WORD!". More points to Trent, then.
Dec-15-13  waustad: Congratulations to JL Hammer for his fine win. There seems to be a problem here since one game between Vladislav Nevednichy and Clement Sreeves has been counted twice, once as a win by the former player and once as a draw.
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