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Magnus Carlsen Wins the 2012 London Chess Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2012.12.10. 10:10.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen has won the 2012 London Chess Classic after an exceptional tournament that will live long in the memory.

His +5 performance in earning a third Classic title was enough to break the 13-year old Elo rating record of Garry Kasparov.

In the last round Magnus Carlsen was unable to defeat the world champion Vishy Anand, but by then he knew he had done enough to win the tournament.  The destiny of the first prize was decided when Vladimir Kramnik was unable to gain the victory he needed with black against Mickey Adams.

The tournament will also be remembered for Vladimir Kramnik's superb play, and a strong performance by Mickey Adams to cheer the home crowd.

Despite his final round draw, Kramnik placed second with a +4 score, achieving his highest rating in over a decade (2809.7 Elo).

Hikaru Nakamura finished win a win against Luke McShane to share third place with Adams, while Judit Polgar and Lev Aronian drew their game and finish in the bottom half of the standings.

The final standings in the 2012 London Chess Classic (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 18
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 16
3 Adams, Michael ENG 2710 13
3 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 13
5 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 9
6 Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 8
7 Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 6
8 McShane, Luke ENG 2713 5
9 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 3

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Magnus Carlsen's tournament-end rating is a record 2861.4 Elo

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Magnus Carlsen Vishy Anand.jpg

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Mickey Adams and Vladimir Kramnik drew their final round game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Mickey Adams Vladimir Kramnik.jpg

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Hikaru Nakamura finished with a win against Luke McShane

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Hikaru Nakamura Luke McShane.jpg

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Judit Polgar and Lev Aronian also drew their last game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Judit Polgar Lev Aronian.jpg

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Congratulations to Malcolm Pein and all those involved in the organisation of the 2012 London Chess Classic.  How on earth can you top that next year? Cool

The time control was 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, then 30 minutes to finish.  The 'Bilbao' style 3-1-0 scoring system was used.

More information on all the London Chess Classic events is at the official website

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.  Games via TWIC.

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  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    AsunaKnight

    Magnus stills very young.. maybe he will be 2900 or more?

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    that is actually always a concern with round robin-style events with a lot on the line, and one of the big arguments for knock-out events, even though those have their own problems.

  • 17 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.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    kiloNewton

    who will win candidates 2013? no answer is certain. Magnus has the greater probablity. preparation plays a huge role in in such tournament. Carlsen escapes opening moves early, what can avoid opening preparation (spend time in other section) & oppnents wont be able to play opening novelty, so will he do the same in candidates? 

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    @vaiuuii

    Whoever wins the double robin (16 rounds) super chess candidates tournament, will be the next chess world champion next year. This tournament will be by far the strongest chess tournament ever played in the history of man kind. Average ELO rating of 2785.5 as of December 13, 2012.

    I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    prancealot

    as a long standing wood pusher of little signifigance, i am inclined to like this fella carlsen as like me he plays to win.  but what about the future of the game and the world championship?  cricket is watched by few people and played by few people but gets 20 times the coverage.  it does not help our cause when news broadcasters like allistaire stewart of itv compare it to being about as exciting as a wet weekend in manchester!!!!!!

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    Vingore

    Carlsen is the strongest  chess player ever.  His rating says it all.  "Rating inflation"  is a myth.  Due to computer analysis, etc. he is simply stronger than prior champions.  Carlsen, at his present strength,  would have demolished  Fischer at his peak. 

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    vaiuuii

    @kiloNewton:"Carlsen is no 1, according to rating. but he is yet to prove he is "best" by winning world championship, because it worths more than rating."

    Ever since the Kasparov - Karpov matches and with the world having two world champions the title of "world champion" doesnt mean "the best" in chess anymore; Anand has been a wonderful player, but he is far from the best at the moment. We've had world champions like Kasimdzhanov, Ponomariov, Khalifman, which is not accurate at all with the title of "best chess player in the world". Anand is 79 rating points behind Carlsen at the moment. One might argue 10-20-30 rating points are not that significant (although they are), but here we are talking about a gap that is only growing and has been for over 2 years. Another argument against "world champion = best player in the world" is the fact that the title was only decided in rapids and two players that were't even in the top 5 played for the title; Gelfand did a great job by winning the Candidates, but that does not mean he is the second strongest player in the world. His opening prep is amazing, but a world champion should mean a bit more than opening prep. Players like Carlsen, Aronian (Vishy's Nemesys) , Kramnik, maybe even Radjabov, Caruana and Nakamura would have been much stronger opponents for Anand. The KO system of the Candidates tournament was completely wrong, some were just trying to draw everything with white and black and win the blitz games and that would give them a shot at the world title: that is far from the attitude of "the best player in the world".

    "The best player in the world" for me is the one who beats the best opponents in the world most often, not the one who holds a title and has a minus score in classical chess this year (Anand has 4 losses and 3 wins, and two of his wins are against Gawain Jones and Rainer Buhmann in the German League, he couldn't even beat Vallejo Pons in two games in Bilbao and was close to losing one to Paco). So it is obvious that Anand is at the moment not the best chess player in the world, even Kramnik is significantly better now. So a title of world champion does not mean that the player who holds it is the best in the world. 

    However, it wold be better if all the energy of these discussions would be focused towards the wonderful tournament in London played just recently, the wonderful games of Kramnik, Carlsen, Nakamura, Aronian vs McShane and so on. The chess was at times brilliant, almost all the players invited always played for the win, it probably was one of the tournaments with the highest win percentage in recent history, there were rounds with 0 / 1 draws out of 4 games. Some game analysis threads would be much more useful to everyone, then all would understand why someone wins against someone else and why some guy is playing better chess than others.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    abiogenesis23

    Magnus is a freak of nature.  

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Carlsen is simply the best right now.  Look at his winning record in elite tournaments for the last few years.  No one comes close to him.  Winning the world championship will be extra.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    melvinbluestone

    @KingsEye:  Thanks for the info. At least somebody else looked at that game. I'm a fan of Nakamura, but also of McShane. How can you not like an "amateur" who's rated 2700?!, or whatever he is now.....

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    kiloNewton

    Carlsen is no 1, according to rating. but he is yet to prove he is "best" by winning world championship, because it worths more than rating. and to be "best" of all time he will have to retain the title for at least ~ten years.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    Aaronsky72

    Why the hatred against Carlsen? Is it his Scandinavian heritage?


    Carlsen is the best in the world.

    Deal with it.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    jdannyboy

    2xxx is a rating and not a title.

    You might be the best learned person, but to get a degree you need to pass through an exam and the degree is awarded to you.

    World Championship is not a measure of your rating but your enduring capabilities and caliber under stress in measured and supervised sittings.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    Kingssac

    I also am a very long time Kramnik's fan, but why hate Carlsen? Everyone who loves chess should love Carlsen, his strength and the way he always plays to win. The only thing one can say is that sometimes, even when he is not playing particularly well, the opponents kinda help him (see Adams against him. He wasnt under pressure, he just played a few weak moves, then rejected a sure draw refusing a queen exchange, then got ground to dust), but he is impressive, and I love to watch his games.

    As for match results of Anand vs Carlsen...dont leave Anand for dead too soon. I am pretty sure anyone who does is in for a surprise :).

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    Stanya

    I hate Magnus and hate how he wins everything.  I support Kramnik through it all.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    kiloNewton

    Let maggy win the candidates first!

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Carlsen will beat Anand in a match. No question about that unless you are a diehard Anand fan.

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    Thanks for the kind comments. My job is so much easier when the event organisers provide such great media coverage.  Special thanks to Ray Morris-Hill for the photos! Cool

  • 17 hónap ezelőtt

    drumdaddy

    Great coverage! Thanks again, SOP!

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