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London Chess Classic (Group A) Tournament

Viswanathan Anand12(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Michael Adams12(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Luke McShane4(+1 -4 =1)[games]
Andrei Istratescu4(+1 -4 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
London Chess Classic (Group A) (2013)

Played in Kensington, London, England 11-13 December 2013. The two best players from each of four groups (A (Anand and Adams), B, C, D) advanced to the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013). Official site:

See also London Chess Classic (Group B) (2013), London Chess Classic (Group C) (2013), London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013), and the London Chess Classic Open (2013).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Adams  ½-½402013London Chess Classic (Group A)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
2. McShane vs A Istratescu 1-0312013London Chess Classic (Group A)C07 French, Tarrasch
3. A Istratescu vs Adams 0-1492013London Chess Classic (Group A)A22 English
4. McShane vs Anand 0-1462013London Chess Classic (Group A)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
5. Adams vs A Istratescu 1-0452013London Chess Classic (Group A)C07 French, Tarrasch
6. Anand vs McShane 1-0382013London Chess Classic (Group A)A06 Reti Opening
7. Adams vs McShane  ½-½822013London Chess Classic (Group A)C47 Four Knights
8. A Istratescu vs Anand 0-1502013London Chess Classic (Group A)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. McShane vs Adams 0-1432013London Chess Classic (Group A)C78 Ruy Lopez
10. Anand vs A Istratescu  ½-½402013London Chess Classic (Group A)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. Adams vs Anand  ½-½612013London Chess Classic (Group A)A38 English, Symmetrical
12. A Istratescu vs McShane 1-0402013London Chess Classic (Group A)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
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Dec-12-13  shivasuri4: After Adams' win against Istratescu, Mark Crowther tweeted: Trent asked Adams, "Do you have any particular strategy in rapid chess?" Adams replied, "I play a bit faster."
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  ketchuplover: teehee
Dec-12-13  visayanbraindoctor: I expect Anand to win this event. Whatever his psychological blocks are to winning tournaments, they seem to disappear when he plays quicker games.
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  virginmind: Pretty tough for Istratescu. Chessbase news continues to put him on 2709 Elo, although he never had this rating, the best ever being 2670 on Dec. 2013 list.
Dec-13-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<virginmind>

it's his rapid rating; although I have noticed that the commentators keep switching back and forth

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  virginmind: Oops right, I forgot about the rapid rating. Thanks.
Dec-13-13  Octavia: <I expect Anand to win this event.> me too, but Adams is pretty good too
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  PawnSac: Adams is a very solid player. In the right positions he can hold off the best. He seems to excel in classical type positions, so to beat him you have to be a Nakamura style playing weird crap in massive complications.
Dec-14-13  haydn20: I'm a fan of Adams and he's playing very nicely I'm glad to say.
Dec-14-13  GlennOliver: <shivasuri4: After Adams' win against Istratescu, Mark Crowther tweeted: Trent asked Adams, "Do you have any particular strategy in rapid chess?" Adams replied, "I play a bit faster.">

Excellent, shivasuri4, thank you!

Dec-14-13  Octavia: Gelfand - Adams &

Kramnik - Nakamura

on sun @ 13.00

Dec-14-13  visayanbraindoctor: I predicted wrong on Anand winning, as Kramnik eliminated him in a two game mini-match. Anand is definitely better than Kramnik in quick games, but the mini-match KO system used in this tournament's later rounds makes events more unpredictable. If it were a round robin tournament, Anand would have better chances at winning. Anand has been playing well, but just one game wherein Kramnik played better is enough to knock him out.

This is not a serious tournament compared to a WC cycle qualifier such as the World Cup. What keeps on bothering me is that the Chess World Cup, which is basically at the level of an Interzonal tournament, utilizes two game mini-match KOs.

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  perfidious: <Doctor>: In making a prediction which was in error, you are hardly in doubtful company in this world: it will be remembered that virtually all pundits had Capablanca as defeating Alekhine a while back.

Let the minimatch system at the WC qualifying level begone! It is no way to decide a contest of such significance.

Dec-15-13  RedShield: I liked Vishy's reply when asked if he was celebrating his birthday. Along the lines of, <At my age, you celebrate the other 364 days!>
Dec-15-13  SatelliteDan: The fast food generation won't stand for serious chess. It takes too long between wanting to text.
Dec-15-13  evlozare: <let the minimatch system at the WC qualifying level begone>. then what do you suggest to replace it?

<perf> let's say 8 players in the candidates, a DDR. what should be the criteria to qualify?

Dec-15-13  RedShield: It's cumbersome to have the four groups of this event with separate pages. Will they be subsumed at a later date?
Dec-15-13  Strongest Force: Naked turned that 2nd game around and has edge.
Dec-15-13  InfinityCircuit: What a blunder from Kramnik.
Dec-15-13  nok: Holy s--t
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  amadeus: Unbelievable
Dec-15-13  RedShield: Vlad said yesterday that he wouldn't be competing again until the Candidates in March, so this will be festering in his mind for some time to come.
Dec-15-13  dTal: somebody please tell me why Kramnik did not take the pawn with 42... Kd7? What was wrong with that?
Dec-15-13  micartouse: <dTal> I think he was worried about 43. Bxh6 which he figured would give white an easy draw.
Dec-15-13  dTal: Thanks <micartouse>. I didn't figure that B+P vs 3P would an easy draw. I should have looked at the endgame a bit more closely.
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