The 5th London Chess Classic Open was a 9-round Swiss played in the East Hall of the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London, 7-15 December 2013. There was no rest day, but no double rounds either. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. The first prize was £2,500. Tournament organizer and chief arbiter: ... [more]
Player: Jahongir Vakhidov
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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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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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