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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
(SPECIAL SCORING IN EFFECT: 3 POINTS PER WIN; 1 POINT PER DRAW)
London Chess Classic (Blitz) Tournament

Michael Adams17(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura17(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik17(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Anish Giri16(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Viswanathan Anand10(+3 -6 =1)[games]
Fabiano Caruana9(+3 -7 =0)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
London Chess Classic (Blitz) (2014)

Played in London, England 8 December 2014, to determine colors for the London Chess Classic (2014). Official site and results: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/2...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Kramnik  0-1282014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A09 Reti Opening
2. Adams vs Giri 1-0392014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. Kramnik vs Nakamura 1-0452014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. Anand vs Caruana 0-1492014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B06 Robatsch
5. Giri vs Adams 0-1422014London Chess Classic (Blitz)C78 Ruy Lopez
6. Nakamura vs Kramnik  ½-½532014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. Caruana vs Anand  0-1352014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
8. Caruana vs Kramnik  0-1482014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
9. Nakamura vs Giri 1-0292014London Chess Classic (Blitz)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Adams vs Anand  ½-½392014London Chess Classic (Blitz)C47 Four Knights
11. Kramnik vs Caruana 1-0472014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
12. Giri vs Nakamura 1-0292014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
13. Anand vs Adams 1-0582014London Chess Classic (Blitz)C78 Ruy Lopez
14. Adams vs Nakamura 0-1392014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
15. Giri vs Caruana 0-1542014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B41 Sicilian, Kan
16. Giri vs Anand 1-0492014London Chess Classic (Blitz)C50 Giuoco Piano
17. Nakamura vs Adams  ½-½842014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
18. Caruana vs Giri  0-1542014London Chess Classic (Blitz)E61 King's Indian
19. Kramnik vs Anand  1-0412014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
20. Kramnik vs Giri 0-1442014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A05 Reti Opening
21. Caruana vs Adams  1-0352014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A30 English, Symmetrical
22. Nakamura vs Anand 1-0262014London Chess Classic (Blitz)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Giri vs Kramnik  ½-½612014London Chess Classic (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
24. Adams vs Caruana  1-0782014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B42 Sicilian, Kan
25. Anand vs Nakamura 1-0402014London Chess Classic (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
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Dec-08-14  me to play: <MarkFinan> How do you feel about Luke McShane ? Seems like a decent fellow and is certainly quite a strong player.
Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Only 4 draws from 30 games.
Dec-08-14  MarkFinan: Me to play... Good question mate, although I can't really comment because I'm not familiar with any of his games or the way he plays. I've seen him do okay in tournaments, he's still relatively young for a chess player, he's obviously one of our best players because he makes the Olympiads year after year, but he's hardly going to challenge the top players. We have no *great* chess players, we never have really. I'm English and love football so I'm used to it, lol.
Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Wow. Only 4 draws in the entire tournament, and none of them belong to Caruana! Unfortunately, he ends up in last place.
Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: After the last round, you could hear the players chatting on the live feed. Referring to the three-way tie for first, Anand said something like. 'How did that happen?', to which Giri replied, 'I lost three games in a row.'
Dec-08-14  fisayo123: It's blitz so low draw count is not really surprising.
Dec-08-14  SetNoEscapeOn: <MarkFinan: Me to play... Good question mate, although I can't really comment because I'm not familiar with any of his games or the way he plays.>

You've gotta see this

McShane vs Carlsen, 2010

A beautiful win over the world #1.

Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: The list is complete.

Now the wait for this great event.

Participants of Tata Steel Masters 2015

Name Country Rating Position
GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2862 1
GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2829 2
GM Aronian, Levon ARM 2797 5
GM Giri, Anish NED 2768 10
GM So, Wesley USA 2762 12
GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2758 13
GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2744 15
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2734 20
GM Jobava, Baadur GEO 2733 21
GM Ding, Liren CHN 2732 23
GM Ivanchuk, Vasil UKR 2715 34
GM Saric, Ivan CRO 2679 62
GM Hou, Yifan CHN 2673 71
GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2667 82

Average rating : 2747
Category : 20

Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Referring to the three-way tie for first, Anand said something like. 'How did that happen?', to which Giri replied, 'I lost three games in a row.' >

That must really suck for Giri.

Standings after 7 rounds (or 3 rounds to go):

1. Giri 5.5
2. Nakamura 4.5
3. Adams 3.5
3. Kramnik 3.5
5. Anand 2
5. Caruana 2

But it's blitz. Anything can happen.

Dec-08-14  Sally Simpson: The time used was 4 minutes + 2 seconds.

The players got 3 pts for a win and 1 pt for a draw - nothing for a loss. So the most a player could score if he won all his games was 30 pts.

Adams 17/30
Nakamura, 17/30
Kramnik, 17/30

Giri 16/30

Anand 10/30

Caruana, 9/30

Dec-09-14  starry2013: Michael Adams has been British no1 and has been near the top of the game for much of the last quarter century and yet he's hardly known in his own country. In that circumstance you can't really expect a flourishing of chess talent, it's simply too low profile.
Dec-09-14  anandrulez: Anand +3 -6 =1 ? Atleast no draws ! Way to go :-) .
Dec-09-14  iamsheaf: Vishy played some amazing games...! really wow...he missed a mate in one against Caruana...

his basically missing tactics, uncharacteristically...but his ideas and technique is superb !

Dec-09-14  anandrulez: His intuition is intact . But execution has drained a bit . Did he miss a mate ? I think it was the Rg8+ move - I was checking that when I was replaying the games but I thought King escapes , if not I need to check it again !
Dec-09-14  Nf8: This tournament was actually a historic achievement for Anand - first win over Nakamura at any speed, after 22 games:-)

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Dec-09-14  GlennOliver: markfinan,

Is it really necessary to foul up the Chessgames messageboard with comments like that?

Nigel Short is a fantastic chessplayer, as he has been for the last 40 years, and far above your petty remarks.

Dec-09-14  MarkFinan: GlennOliver.. I think you'll find that I'll say what I want, about who I want, when I want. I wasn't breaking any rules and if you think I was blow the whistle and put me on ignore.
Dec-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2014

<Penguincw: 45.Rxe8 is a really nice "removal of the defender" move.>

But the really nice move by Kramnik is the genius 13 ... ♕d8-f6? 14 ♘b1-c3!!.


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13 ... ♕d8-f6?


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14 ♘b1-c3!!


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and White wins material because of the <DOUBLE THREAT> of 15 b5x♘c6 and 15 f2-f4 ♗e5x♗c3 16 ♗b2x♗c3 <SKEWERING> the Black f6-queen and h8-rook.

Kramnik's 14 ♘b1-c3!! is one of the most brilliant moves I have ever seen in a blitz game. World #2 blitzer Nakamura *completely* missed this brilliant tactical idea.

Dec-09-14  tino72: <MarkFinan: GlennOliver.. I think you'll find that I'll say what I want, about who I want, when I want. I wasn't breaking any rules and if you think I was blow the whistle and put me on ignore. > If you read his note properly he didn't say you were breaking any rules, or couldn't say what you wanted. He just politely pointed out that you were talking nonsense. Which you are, of course. Nigel Short has been a great chess player for many years, whatever you think of him as a person.
Dec-09-14  MarkFinan: Tino72.. Once again. I'll say what I want, about who I want, when I want. I wasn't breaking the rules. If you don't like my opinion on a fellow Englishman then put me on ignore and don't address me again. I have the freedom of speech. I couldn't care less what you think about me and my opinions, this is social media, buddy. Took me a long time to realise that other peoples opinions of me don't mean nothing to me, whether they're good or bad.
Dec-09-14  tino72: I know, Mark! I don't put people on ignore just because I disagree with them. That would be childish. Read what I actually said. I'm not trying to stop you posting, or accusing you of breaking any rules - I'm just using my own freedom of expression to disagree with you on one point.
Dec-09-14  1d410: Kramnik really needs white because of his obsession with primarily winning white games.
Dec-09-14  MarkFinan: <<tino72: I know, Mark! I don't put people on ignore just because I disagree with them. That would be childish. Read what I actually said. I'm not trying to stop you posting, or accusing you of breaking any rules - I'm just using my own freedom of expression to disagree with you on one point.>>

Sorry about that buddy, I'd just had a bad morning. I still think nothing of Nigel Short though, I have zero respect for the little mummys boy.✌

Dec-10-14  bulibug: <I think you'll find that I'll say what I want, about who I want, when I want. I wasn't breaking any rules and if you think I was blow the whistle and put me on ignore.>

Wow!!! Lucky guy-

Dec-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: adams and kramnik were better than the younger guys, here.
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