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Magnus Carlsen Wins the 2012 London Chess Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/12/12 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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  • 21 mesi fa

    kiloNewton

    Carlsen is in his best, and Anand is not. but it would be very difficult for maggy to defeat vishy in WCC. Anand is still very quick to move, in last game he had 1hr more time than Carlsen, and had better (+0.35) position until 28... c4, after that move he (-0.30) defended so good that it looks like >>   he will draw first 12 games and win in 4 rapid games in WCC 2013.

  • 21 mesi fa

    P_G_M

    @vaiuuii

    Your comment proves that Carlsen was much better player than Anand in 2012. And you did not mentioned the 89 points difference in ELO rating and that Carlsen is ranked #1 and Anand #7.

    It will be nice to see your analysis of Kramnik and Aronian tournament performance in 2012.

  • 21 mesi fa

    APawnCanDream

    @melvinbluestone

    If memory serves me well here, I believe Mcshane was under three minutes on the clock near the end of the game which would help explain his collapse against Nakamura. However he unforunately seemed to have multiple collapses during this tournament, several of which probably due to time pressure. Mcshane is always low on the clock and I think his mismanagement of the clock contributes greatly to his losses. If he'd only correct his clock management issues he might score better more consistantly! However I think Mcshane is still amazing considering he is not a professional chess player and up until now, was rated over 2700 and playing with the top players in the world and getting good results as a whole.

  • 21 mesi fa

    melvinbluestone

    What's the story with the Nakamura - McShane game? Did black just blunder a piece away with 31...a4, or was there already no holding the position? .....maybe with something like 31...Bc6. Maybe he was in time pressure. What was the time control?

  • 21 mesi fa

    Boka7

    Russia is the best chess nation..........Karjakin, Kramnik, Grischuk,Morezovich,Svidler,Andreikin,Tomashevsky,Malakhov........Anybady stronger,better maybe?

  • 21 mesi fa

    vaiuuii

    @ Dnyan-TheWarrior:"Even today Anand is much better thatn Carlsen."

     To say that now Anand is better than Carlsen is just biased and wrong. Just a simple question? When did Anand last win a major tournament? Only this year Carlsen has won Tal Memorial, Bilbao Masters and London and was second in Wijk an See and Biel. Those are all his tournaments this year. Only this year Anand has lost to Tiviakov, to Adams, to Carlsen, to Gelfand and this in spite of playing very drawish chess. In London he was under pressure against Nakamura, against Carlsen, against McShane but managed to draw. 

    So Anand this year is at 3 wins and 4 loses. Carlsen this year is at 15 wins and 2 losses. And one of his wins is over Anand! To state that Anand is better than Carlsen now is contrary to all possible principles of logic.

  • 21 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    @ haranosur28 I didn't see your original comment before it was deleted.  If you feel unhappy about something in this article (or any others that I have written) please let me know in a private message so I know what your problem is, and hopefully I can give you an answer.

  • 21 mesi fa

    haranosur28

    My comment(deleted) was very much appropriate.Reporting should be neutral and not biased by discarding any fellow using ambiguous words.what is happening everyone understands.

  • 21 mesi fa

    Dnyan-TheWarrior

    @Sahasrara-I agree with you that Carlsen will improve his record but Anand was not at prime during Kasparov era. Anand improved tremendously after that...I too like Carlsen's entertaining Style of play than any other Chess Player. 

    But I still feel Carlsen style of play can't make him World Champion. He will find dificulties even in Cadidates matches itself. I really wish It will be Carlsen Vs Anand in 2013 World Championship.

  • 21 mesi fa

    Sahasrara

    @Dnyan-TheWarrior

    The fact is: Anand could not beat Kasparov in his prime. Carlsen played him once and almost beat him and he was 13 years old.

    Carlsen is still young just hitting his prime now, he will have better records than Anand or Kramnik soon. 

  • 21 mesi fa

    davidmelbourne

    I love and hate how Carlsen makes chess look simple.

  • 21 mesi fa

    Dnyan-TheWarrior

    Carlsen Vs Anand

    Well Done Carlsen but that doesn't mean he is greatest...forget about history not even today...

    Carlsen may be highest rated but its because he has played well against weaker opponents. It's because dynamic play of Carlsen affects performance of weaker opponent but not of good Opponents.

    Even today Anand is much better thatn Carlsen.Head to head record...

    Total matches - 25, Anand wins-6,Carsen wins-2,draws-17. Even Kramanik is much better than Carlsen where kramanik has won 4 games against 3 by Carlsen & 10 draws.

    Candidates Matches will put full stop on all speculation!

  • 21 mesi fa

    P_G_M

    @haranosur28

    Your comment is completely out of place. SonofPearl tournament reports are of high quality and always fun to read.

  • 21 mesi fa

    haranosur28

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  • 21 mesi fa

    novzki41

    The only thing missing from Carlsen's trophy case is the title of World Chess Champion.. 

  • 21 mesi fa

    bigbikefan

    Thanks for covering such a magnificent event.

    "How on earth can you top that next year?" Easy.  Keep Adams, but replace the trailing Englishmen with the top two finishers from Tashkent's tournament.  Then seek for more sponsors and add Caruana and, say, Morozevich.  There is definitely some room to grow here for making the tournament not only Classic, but Super.

  • 21 mesi fa

    IM dpruess

    a fantastic event. i really enjoyed watching it. congrats to the players and organizers.

  • 21 mesi fa

    maturner

    Such a great tournament. Great performance from Magnus. Strong showing from Kramnik too. Some really interesting games.

  • 21 mesi fa

    ghostofmaroczy

    Great point piphilologist.

  • 21 mesi fa

    wwwsupsup

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