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London Chess Classic Prize-Giving

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2012.12.11. 11:39.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo cropped square.jpgThe players of the 2012 London Chess Classic received their prizes at a ceremony and dinner held at the historic Simpson's-in-the-Strand, where they played simultaneous games against the invited guests!

Magnus Carlsen set the highest ever chess rating during the tournament, beating Garry Kasparov's 13-year old record. 

London is set for even more chess action next year when the 2013 Candidates take place in March 2013 in the city, with the winner challenging Vishy Anand for the world title in October/November 2013.

The eight players in the 2013 London candidates tournament are:

  • Boris Gelfand (loser of the 2012 World Championship)
  • The top 3 in the 2011 World Cup (Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk)
  • The top 3 rated players not otherwise qualified (Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik)
  • A wildcard nominee from the original hosts Azerbaijan (Teimour Radjabov)

So this is not so much goodbye to London, more like "au revoir"!

Before then Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian, Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura are among the GMs taking part in the 2013 Tata Steel tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, from 11-27 January 2013.

Many thanks to Ray Morris-Hill for the great photos below, and throughout the tournament!

Magnus Carlsen received €50,000 for first place

London Chess Classic 2012 Preizegiving Magnus Carlsen winner.jpg

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Judit Polgar

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Lev Aronian, Luke McShane and Gawain Jones

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Lev Aronian Luke McShane Gawain Jones.jpg

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Vishy Anand with his wife Aruna

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The opulent surroundings of Simpson's-in-the-Strand

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Simpsons-in-the-Strand.jpg

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Lev Aronian during the simultaneous display against the guests

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Lev Aronian.jpg

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Gawain Jones

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Gawain Jones.jpg

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Mickey Adams

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Mickey Adams.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Magnus Carlsen.jpg

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Hikaru Nakamura

London Chess Classic 2012 Prizegiving Hikaru Nakamura.jpg


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  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    bolshevikhellraiser

    Has anyone ever accomplished a 2900 rating. Thinking about it I think Carlsen and Kasparov are the only ones who came close.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    Priteshrp87

    yep, it seems 2900 is not far away!

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    EZASPI

    C'mon guys, haven't you seen Rocky? No, not the squirrel, Rocky Balboa. Anand is a fighter, and will retain his title - Rocky style! Who cares if he slacked off in a couple tournaments - he just took a break. And why not, he's the WCC. My money's on Anand for one more! 

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ ProdfessorBaltazar The pictures belong to Ray Morris-Hill and are used with his permission. Nothing to do with Chessbase.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    ProdfessorBaltazar

    Doesnt chessbase get angry when you steal their pictures?

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    lobosolo21

    Wow what a chess festival! 

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    EZASPI

    Looks like 2900 is next!

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    The only problem with the double round robin candidates tournament is that the winner basically is winning at least one million dollars because this is the minimum amount the loser of the World Chess Championship wins, and this can be a source of corruption by some players that might get together, for example the three Rusians: Kramnik, Grischuk and Svidler, and decide to let Kramnik win both his games against Grischuk and Svidler and this could easily decide the first place and new challenger for the WCC, and they can decide to split the one million dollars, How? Easily, Grischuk and Svidler will be in Kramnik's team that helps him during the WCC, and Kramnik will pay them $300,000 each for their help and this will be perfectly legal.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    Dargone

    Yeah, great tournament. Coverage was great and some great chess was played. 

    I agree with a previous comment about Kramnik. I think he will win the CM in a minor "upset."

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    davidmelbourne

    The tournament was truly superb on every front; the best in my experience, since Fisher Spassky. Brilliant job, the Brits.

    The Candidates will be intense! Of course Carlsen is super fravourite, but never discount Kramnik, who is as good as he ever was, and Aronian, in form, is of course utterly outstanding. And there are a few other good players competing as well, who will have their own ideas about who should win. 

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    puna41

    congts Carlsen

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    I'm very happy with Nakamura performance on this tournament and I'm also happy that he is back on the top ten where he belongs Smile

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Judit is such an attractive woman!!!

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    The double round robin guaranties that Carlsen will be the challenger for the world title because Carlsen might have one bad game but after sixteen rounds he will end up winning the candidates tournament because his winning ratio is much better than all of the other candidates.

    FIDE knows that is bad for them to have a World Champion that is ranked #7 in the world and as soon as they can have Magnus Carlsen as World Champion the better for FIDE because it will prove that the FIDE rating system is an accurate measure of the strength of players.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    laghachess

    Amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing MAGNUS

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ TheMagicianPaul - Kramnik was there too.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    dzindzifan

    This was such an amazingly awesome tournament!  I've been watching / playing chess since the Fischer boom in the '70's and you know what?  It just gets better and better.  Take a note, USCF and America ... let's copy what the Brits are doing here ... great tournament, with a great cause! Chess in Schools!  The players, the commentary, the showcase, the cause.  It all works.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    JBades6310

    awesome pictures!

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    Ericbryan

    Why does anand look so serious? Sure he is walking into a room where is sucessor surely is but why doesnt he smile. Another question, why is there another candidates tournament and world chess championship the year after the previous world chess championship. I dont understand this now quicker cycle than usual...

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    TheMagicianPaul

    Wheres Kramnik?

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