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(SPECIAL SCORING IN EFFECT: 3 POINTS PER WIN; 1 POINT PER DRAW)
London Chess Classic (Group A) Tournament

Michael Adams12(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Viswanathan Anand12(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Andrei Istratescu4(+1 -4 =1)[games]
Luke McShane4(+1 -4 =1)[games]

Chessgames.com 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: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/2...

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).

 page 1 of 1; 4 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Istratescu vs Adams 0-1492013London Chess Classic (Group A)A22 English
2. McShane vs Anand 0-1462013London Chess Classic (Group A)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
3. A Istratescu vs Anand 0-1502013London Chess Classic (Group A)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. McShane vs Adams 0-1432013London Chess Classic (Group A)C78 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-12-13
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  HeMateMe: Foist, mates!
Dec-12-13
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  whiteshark: I'll just drop in for a <second!>.
Dec-12-13
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  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  ForeverYoung: Go get them Anand!
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."
Dec-12-13
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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.
Dec-13-13
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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

Dec-13-13
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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
Dec-13-13
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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.

Dec-15-13
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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
Dec-15-13
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  amadeus: Unbelievable
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