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London Chess Classic Tournament

Magnus Carlsen5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Anish Giri5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Michael Adams4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Fabiano Caruana4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
London Chess Classic (2015)

The 7th London Chess Classic was played in London, England 4-13 December 2015. Rest day: 9 December. In the three-way rapid tiebreak, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave first defeated Anish Giri and then fell to Magnus Carlsen, who collected 12 Grand Chess Tour points (GP).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 GP 1 Carlsen 2834 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5½ 12 2 Giri 2784 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5½ 10 3 Vachier-Lagrave 2773 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½ 8 4 Aronian 2788 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 7 5 Grischuk 2747 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4½ 6 =6 Caruana 2787 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 4½ 4½ =6 Adams 2737 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 4½ 4½ 8 Nakamura 2793 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 4 3 9 Anand 2796 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 3½ 2 10 Topalov 2803 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 2½ 1

Carlsen's victory at this event (LC) crowned him the winner of the Grand Chess Tour 2015, which also included Norway Chess (2015) (NC) and Sinquefield Cup (2015) (SC):

NC SC LC GP Earnings 1 Carlsen 4 10 12 26 $215,000 2 Giri 7 6 10 23 $155,000 3 Aronian 2 13 7 22 $145,000 4 Vachier-Lagrave 5 7 8 20 $90,000 5 Nakamura 8 8 3 19 $95,000 6 Topalov 13 4 1 18 $105,000 7 Grischuk 3 5 6 14 $60,000 8 Anand 10 2 2 14 $80,000 9 Caruana 6 3 4½ 13½ $55,000 10 Adams - - 4½ 4½ $20,000 11 Hammer 1 - - 1 $15,000 12 So - 1 - 1 $15,000

Official site: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/...
Official GCT site: https://grandchesstour.org/2015-tou...
Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/mag...
ChessBase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/a-mag...
Chess24: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
TWIC: https://theweekinchess.com/chessnew...

Previous edition: London Chess Classic (2014). Next: London Chess Classic (2016). Previous GCT event: Sinquefield Cup (2015)

 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Grischuk vs Anand 1-0542015London Chess ClassicA20 English
27. Nakamura vs Aronian ½-½412015London Chess ClassicE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
28. Topalov vs Adams ½-½472015London Chess ClassicD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
29. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½302015London Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
30. A Giri vs Carlsen ½-½532015London Chess ClassicC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
31. Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1342015London Chess ClassicB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
32. Adams vs Grischuk ½-½292015London Chess ClassicB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
33. Caruana vs A Giri ½-½362015London Chess ClassicA45 Queen's Pawn Game
34. Aronian vs Topalov 1-0272015London Chess ClassicA34 English, Symmetrical
35. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0782015London Chess ClassicD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
36. Caruana vs Anand ½-½592015London Chess ClassicE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
37. Topalov vs Carlsen ½-½972015London Chess ClassicD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
38. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½402015London Chess ClassicA14 English
39. A Giri vs Nakamura 1-0432015London Chess ClassicA07 King's Indian Attack
40. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Adams ½-½362015London Chess ClassicC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
41. Nakamura vs Topalov ½-½372015London Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
42. Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½332015London Chess ClassicA04 Reti Opening
43. Adams vs Caruana ½-½352015London Chess ClassicC78 Ruy Lopez
44. Anand vs A Giri ½-½332015London Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
45. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-0382015London Chess ClassicB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-19-15  Absentee: <BOSTER: < Sokrates: I- and only I - am responsible for my moves on the board>. If it is so clear like Mona Lisa Smile, why do we need the arbiters in tour?>

To make sure you haven't roided up to make your pineal gland secrete an abnormal quantity of luck-enzyme.

Dec-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: < Jim Bartle: There may be no luck in chess but there is Michal Luch.>

And David Lucky

Also David Glueck (again David?) as well as Michael Glueck (although Glück can mean both luck and happiness... But is there happiness in chess?!)

Dec-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: No luck, oh really?

L Luck

Dec-19-15  BOSTER: The arbitres ( 4 arbitres watching the game) should see how Naka had < castled > with <two hands > in round 3, World Cup in Baku. In this case he'd be eliminated, not
Nepo.
Dec-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy:
<<... in the most fair game of all: a game of chess.>

Why is chess fairer than all other games or sports?>

<Jim Bartle: No dice. No luck of the draw. No lucky bounces.>

<tamar: No parquet floor>

There are other games that share those characteristics, Jim, but that is my lesser point.

My main point is this: A die or a ball are deterministic objects and they fully obey the laws of physics. Why should I view a mastery of these objects as being a matter of luck any more or less than mastery of the chess board?

You view a die or coin as a fair source of randomness. But in my grad school years, I TA'd for a guy who could toss a fair coin heads several times in a row. (He could also do perfect shuffles while lecturing on the applications of group theory to statistics; and many other parlor tricks.) He smiled an "ow shucks" smile when we oohed and aahed and he floored us with his explanation: "I practiced last night."

Or consider a soccer ball. You can pretty well figure its trajectory from its Reynold's number and initial conditions. The physics of its flight is that of Magnus effect (no, different Magnus). The amount of computation in fluid-dynamics number crunching is huge, but so is the amount of computation involved in evaluating a complex chess position.

All in all, there seems to be two aspects of skill -- (1) computing or estimating effects of our action, (2) executing our action sufficiently accurately.

My view is that if (1) does not allow completely perfect evaluation or if (2) does not permit perfect accuracy of action, we are in the realm where skill and luck combine.

Dec-19-15  Shams: <BOSTER> <The arbitres ( 4 arbitres watching the game) should see how Naka had < castled > with <two hands > in round 3, World Cup in Baku. In this case he'd be eliminated, not Nepo.>

Not true; the penalty would have been a warning and not a forfeit.

Dec-19-15  Chessinfinite: Nice commentary by the GMs-next time maybe they should invite Daniel Gormally for his passive/ aggressive commentary!
Dec-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Post-mortem with Aronian would be fun.
Dec-20-15  Clemens Scheitz: <Gypsy>, no ifs or buts, my view is that all human undertakings are in the realm where skill and luck combine.
Dec-20-15  Clemens Scheitz: ...and skill requires luck, but luck works in mysterious ways...
Dec-20-15  BOSTER: <Shams: not a forfeit>.

It was a blitz game.

In blitz chess rules are different.
According to the WBCA rules, a player who makes illegal move loses the game immediately.

This is the game So vs Akobian, US Champ.2015.


click for larger view

It 's difficult to believe that black in this pos. can win in one move.

"But Akobian played a winning move-he approached the arbiter and pointed out that So had been writing messages on a sheet of paper.

Since So had already been warned twice for writing notes arbiter forfeited So."

Dec-20-15  Shams: <BOSTER> Nakamura didn't make an illegal move, he made a legal move but he executed it wrongly. From what I've read that gets a warning.
Dec-20-15  BOSTER: < Shams>.Thanks.
Dec-20-15  Shams: <BOSTER> I found this but it's confusing: http://www.angelfire.com/games5/che...
Dec-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: < Sokrates: I- and only I - am responsible for my moves on the board>

True, but what about your opponent?

(not in white/black order):

In Grischuk/Giri, Gris missed his chances.

In Grischuk/Aronian, Gris spotted his chances.

In Grischuk/Carlsen, Gris missed his chances.

<I- and only I - am responsible for my moves on the board> ...assumes you will be punished for a mistake.
That's not necessarily the case, and where "luck" comes into play.

Dec-20-15  Absentee: <diceman: <I- and only I - am responsible for my moves on the board> ...assumes you will be punished for a mistake. That's not necessarily the case, and where "luck" comes into play.>

It's your opponent's skill that comes into play in that case.

Dec-20-15  Absentee: <Shams: <BOSTER> I found this but it's confusing: http://www.angelfire.com/games5/che...

I remember the discussion right after the game was played: it was confirmed that Nakamura would have been warned, not forfeited. I assume they were using FIDE's official rules, since it was the World Cup.

Dec-20-15  BOSTER: According to Chess Life < it was noted by the appeal commitee that Naka had moved his rook first, also illegal under FIDE laws>.
Dec-20-15  Absentee: <BOSTER: According to Chess Life < it was noted by the appeal commitee that Naka had moved his rook first, also illegal under FIDE laws>.>

The question isn't whether it was legal or not, it is what penalty it would have entailed.

Dec-20-15  schweigzwang: Sounds like the discussion of the London Chess Classic has run its course. It was SO dull! let's talk about Nakamura.
Dec-20-15  epistle: He is always dull outside of chess
Dec-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Carlsen was really clutch & showed great nerves
at the end of this tournament. He won 2 out of his last 3 classical games to get to the rapid tiebreak & win the tournament!
Dec-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <Clemens Scheitz: <Gypsy>, no ifs or buts, my view is that all human undertakings are in the realm where skill and luck combine.>

<Clemens Scheitz: ...and skill requires luck, but luck works in mysterious ways...>

Amen to all of that.

Dec-26-15  rayoflight: Could you please put link of PGN for tie-break games? I cannot find them!!!
Dec-26-15  zanzibar: <rayoflight> Google quickly comes up with:

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/r...

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/p... (direct pgn download)

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