London Chess Classic R 9

Most of the games at the London Chess Classic ended peacefully as expected. The last round has its own rules. Many things are already decided and players are exhausted.

The only exception was the game between Levon Aronian and Veselin Topalov:

As usual you can find the pgn at the Peter Doggers's report.


London Chess Classic R 8

Round eight in London was relatively peaceful.
The only exception was once again the game of Veselin Topalov. In a game against his old rival Vishy Anand he got a nasty surprise early in the opening:

Report and pgn here.


London Chess Classic R 7

Hikaru Nakamura felt that there were a lot of problems in the Najdorf. And decided to try the line from the opposite side of the board against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

This was the game of the day at the London Chess Classic's round seven:

Here is the report.


London Chess Classic Round 6

A lot of excitement after the free day in London! Once more three decisive games, and the draws were very interesting too.

Wesley So keeps the lead with a sharp win over Veselin Topalov with the black pieces.

Vachier-Lagrave got into fifty percent after winning against Levon Aronian.

Last, but not least we had a very important game for the lead, overall Grand Chess Tour standing and the (second) top rating position. That was a game:


London Chess Classic R 5

Another tough day for Veselin Topalov in London. Once again the only decisive game of round five was his own. But not in his favor. The local hero Michael Adams showed superb preparation to score his first win:

Do not miss Peter Doggers's report.


London Chess Classic Round 4

Deja vu in London. Once more Hikaru Nakamura was the only trouble maker and winner in round four. His victim- the former world champion Veselin Topalov:


London Chess Classic R 3

Just one decisive game today in London. Hikaru Nakamura proved once again to be extremely unpleasant opponent to Vishy Anand:


London Chess Classic R 2

London is very friendly towards the chess fans around the globe. Yesterday we saw another excellent round. Once again three games proved decisive, but after a long and interesting fight.
Wesley So outsmarted Michael Adams to grab the tournament win, and Fabiano Caruana won a nice game as Black to Veselin Topalov.
Former world champion Vishy Anand was victorious in his game against French's best Maxime Vachier Lagrave:


London Chess Classic R 1

Round one of the LCC kicked off yesterday. Three games were decisive. Aronian was somewhat lucky to win slightly worse position to Adams, Nakamura went down as White against So (his position was already bad after the opening.)

The battle of the former world champions was as usual uncompromising. I tried to comment it in the shortest possible way: