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


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

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



Mickey Adams and Vladimir Kramnik drew their final round game

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



Hikaru Nakamura finished with a win against Luke McShane

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



Judit Polgar and Lev Aronian also drew their last game

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



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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  • 4 anni fa


    High class performance.

  • 4 anni fa


    I think there's something to be said for Carlsen. This was a magnificent tournament performance, one really for history books.

    However, I hesitate to say that Carlsen is going to steamroll over all the other players from now on. He still drew with Kramnik and Anand. Aronian was nowhere near his good form. It's still too close to call when it comes to who's gonna be on the throne next year. For all we know, as seen from today's game, Anand may be able to keep his title, though just barely. It's even possible Kramnik could defeat Carlsen and regain the title. Aronian could come back even. Time will tell.

  • 4 anni fa


    Carlsen, Anand, Nakamura, and Aronian will meet again in Tata Chess January 11-27. Other strong players like Caruana, Karjakin, Leko, Wang, and Giri will also join them. Should be a great event too, and hope there'll be a good live coverage as well. Really looking forward to it Cool.

  • 4 anni fa


    Carlsen is the best chess player in the world right now!

  • 4 anni fa


    Magnus the magnificent!!! looking forward now to the candidates...

  • 4 anni fa


    Well, it looks like Carlsen has been able to clearly get ahead of someone with whom Kasparov had problems in 2000 (Kramnik), which is all I need to see. Even if there is rating inflation, it's not like Kasparov's 2851 was obtained in the dark ages.

    About rating gaps: While it's cool to see one person dominating chess, I don't agree that the gap is always the best determinant of greatness. If there were to emerge, for instance, a group of five 2900 performing players (assuming for the purposes of argument no rating inflation), then, well we just have five unfathomably strong players; I wouldn't care that there wouldn't be someone clearly ahead of everyone else -- the quality of play would be beautiful no matter how you looked at it.

    It could be speculated that the reason why Carlsen's gap is smaller than Kasparov's is simply because his opposition is better than during Kasparov's time, not because Carlsen is not playing the best chess.

  • 4 anni fa


    winning the event + creating a new world record carlsen is bound to cherish this event for years to come, kudos carlsen!

  • 4 anni fa


    Thanks for the great reporting.

  • 4 anni fa


    It was extremely disappointing to observe the poor performance of McShane especially on his last game against Nakamura where he also showed a lack of fighting spirit. Luke ended with 1 win 5 loses and 2 draws.

    Even more disappointing was to witness the extremely poor performance of Aronian (#2 at the start of  the tournament) who ended with 1 win, 2 loses and 5 draws.

    It was an exciting tournament because Carlsen archived the highest ELO rating in chess history, but the last round was no exciting mainly because Kramnik played the Berlin Wall.

  • 4 anni fa


  • 4 anni fa


    Brahmastra and Buakaw21, The FIDE rating graph is probably incorrect. Other sources give a highest rating of 2809 (see note in linked Wikipedia article). Therefore Kramnik's new rating of 2810 will be his peak.

  • 4 anni fa


    congrads to magnus, vladimir and micky. All played very strongly especailly micky.

  • 4 anni fa


    I don't recall denying that being +50 elo over the second strongest player is an amazing accomplishment. Yes, ceddy, it is especially impressive in a modern context to be so far above the rest of the field. Not sure what people are getting so worked up over. Comparing players from different eras is dubious at best, but to the extent it is possible within Elo, the relevant metric is margin over contemporaries. By that measure, Carlsen still has not attained the same level of dominance as Kasparov had (the point on Fischer I'd let slide because so much has changed since then, and it was such a unique occurrence anyways).

  • 4 anni fa


    I was at the london chess classic on saturday infact actually, where Carlsen played Nakamura, it was quite funny as magnus came out of the elevator his bag got caught on the rail as he tried to jump over it. Then some people tried to get his autograph but he refused saying he was in a rush, (he arrived with 1 minute to spare).

  • 4 anni fa


    @ Brahmastra and Buakaw21 Thanks! Now corrected. Smile

  • 4 anni fa


    a lot of crying as babies here because of carlsen's new record. anyway for those who say that magnus didnt brake any record because of the different between the #1 and the #2, well in that case kasparov didnt brake any record either so stop crying babies

  • 4 anni fa


    @ offtherook you are wrong. These days use of computers and general development of the game means that Carlsen's margin is rather astounding.

  • 4 anni fa


    To Sonofpearl

    A slight correction you need to make, Kramnik's highest rating was 2811 (may 2002).

  • 4 anni fa


    nice games to just watch

  • 4 anni fa


    I think, Nakamura's good performance in this tourney is worth commenting too. Congrats Naka.

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