Vlad All Over
Many congratulations to Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, who
has won the third London Chess Classic. If you needed
someone to save your life by getting a draw with White,
Kramnik would be most people’s first choice. He was solidity
personified against Levon Aronian, rapidly liquidating to a
level bishop ending. That gave him the point he needed to
take the trophy.
Garry Kasparov presents the trophy and
winners cheque for €50,000 to London Classic winner 2011, Vladimir
Magnus Carlsen could still have shared the money (though not the trophy) with
Vlad had he won with Black against Nigel Short in their now traditional last
round encounter but he had rather worst of things.
The game started with the Giuoco Pianissimo - ‘very quiet game’ - which most of
us learn when we are beginners. “I haven’t played this since I was about eight,”
said Nigel. “I haven’t scored with White in this event and I decided to play
something incredibly boring. Magnus tried to inject some excitement into [the
game] - but the excitement was all for White.”
managed a picturesque d4-d5 thrust, which was a very useful pawn sacrifice, and
the resultant activity saw him go from a pawn down to a pawn up. He was close to
winning at one stage and Magnus admitted he “played a horrible series of moves”
to get himself into difficulties.
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Abhijeet Gupta wins
London Classic Open
Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta (left) won
the London Classic FIDE Open with 8/9. He defeated Gawain Jones in
round 8 and Keith Arkell in round 9 to claim the £2500 first prize.
Final scores: 1st.
Abhijeet Gupta (India) 8/9; 2nd. IM Sahaj Grover (India) 7½
... 231 players.
Full results |
reports by Malcolm Pein |
wins 2nd English Junior RP
Well done to Ravi Haria (right) for
winning the 2nd English Junior Rapidplay, held during the London
Classic, with a score of 5½/6. |
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Best Game Prizes
Aronian draw McShane
(shared); Round 2:
Short 0–1 Kramnik;
Carlsen 1–0 Nakamura;
Anand 0–1 Nakamura;
Nakamura 1–0 Howell;
Anand draw Kramnik
(shared); Round 7:
Kramnik 1–0 Howell;
Round 8: McShane 0-1
Kramnik but shared; Round 9:
Nakamura 1-0 Adams;
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The prizes were awarded to the
winner, or shared
in the event of a draw. However, the prize for Round 8, awarded for the game in
which Kramnik beat McShane, was shared between the two players.
Kasparov Book Signing!
The great man himself paid a visit
to the London Chess Classic for a book signing on Sunday 11th Dec.
His latest work 'Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov Part 1:
is on sale now and you can order a copy by clicking
More photos of Garry's visit here
by Macauley Peterson
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Year" by the Chess Journalists of America. His written work has appeared in
Chess Life, Chess Life Online (U.S.A.), New in Chess (Netherlands), "64"
(Russia), Chess (U.K.), and elsewhere.
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by John Saunders
Vlad The Anglocide
There was just one decisive result in the
penultimate round: Vladimir Kramnik broke English hearts by beating home player
Luke McShane in a long, fluctuating struggle. That put the former world champion
two points clear of the field.
He has White in the final round and is not
someone who is readily beatable with that colour. And in order for Vlad not to
finish first (at least on tie-break), something would have to happen that has
never happened before at a classical time control: Levon Aronian would have to
beat him with Black in tomorrow’s final round.
Let’s run through a few possible last-round
permutations. If Vlad wins, of course he takes the title and the 50,000 Euros
first prize. If he draws, and Magnus Carlsen fails to win (he’s Black against
Nigel Short), the same applies. If Vlad draws and Magnus wins, then Vlad is
first on tie-break ...
[All is revealed in the
round 8 report]
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