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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2nd London Chess Classic:round 1 results and standings,round 2 pairings

The second London Chess Classic has started in London,England. Here is a list of the players partipating in this event: The Live list reflects the player's rating after the first round of play.


Classic - LIVE list and FIDE list
LIVE - 05 Dec 2010
FIDE - 01 Nov 2010
Carlsen
2812
1
Anand
2804
1
Anand
2808.4
2
Carlsen
2802
2
Kramnik
2786.2
4
Kramnik
2791
4
Nakamura
2748.2
10
Nakamura
2741
15
Adams
2728
17
Adams
2723
22
Short
2680
58
Short
2680
58
McShane
2645
100
McShane
2645
100
Howell
2611
178
Howell
2611
178
2727.35
2724.62


Here are the results from the first round of play (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game).In round 1 there was a big upset as GM Luke McShane defeated GM Magnus Carlsen!

 Round 1, Wed Dec 8th, 14:00
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Short-Kramnik      0-1
McShane-Carlsen 1-0
Adams-Howell     1-0
Anand-Nakamura draw

The tournament is using a different scoring system:Players get 3 points for a victory and 1 point for a draw.


Standings after Round 1
Nr Title Name Rating Fed Score TPR W Birthday Tiebreak
1 GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2791 RUS 3 3415 3 1975 black
2 GM Adams, Michael 2723 ENG 3 3346 3 1971 white
2 GM McShane, Luke J 2645 ENG 3 3537 3 1984 white
4 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2741 USA 1 2804 1 1987 black
5 GM Anand, Viswanathan 2804 IND 1 2741 1 1969 white
6 GM Carlsen, Magnus 2802 NOR 0 1910 0 1990 black
6 GM Howell, David W L 2611 ENG 0 1988 0 1990 black
7 GM Short, Nigel D 2680 ENG 0 2056 0 1965 white

Here are the pairings for round 2:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Kramnik-Nakamura
Howell-Anand
Carlsen-Adams\
Short-McShane



Here is the schedule for this tournament:


The Classic schedule
Tuesday
7th December
Press Conference, drawing of lots
12:00
Wednesday
8th December
Round 1
14:00 - 21:00
Thursday
9th December
Round 2
16:00 - 23:00
Friday
10th December
Round 3
14:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11th December
Round 4
14:00 - 21:00
Sunday
12th December
Round 5
14:00 - 21:00
Monday
13th December
Rest day
Tuesday
14th December
Round 6
14:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
15th December
Round 7
12:00 - 19:00

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