BOTW: 2017.12.03

London Chess Fesitval
December 1-11, 2017.

London Chess Classic, FIDE Open, the British Knockout Championship, Rapid and Blitz tournaments, simuls, lectures and more.

9th London Chess Classic

10-player RR featuring 5 of the world's top six: 

Rank... Name.... FED.... Rtg

1  Carlsen Magnus, NOR...2837
2  Aronian Levon, ARM...2805
3  Caruana Fabiano, USA...2799
5  Vachier-Lagrave Maxime, FRA...2789
6  So Wesley, USA... 2788
8  Anand Viswanathan, IND... 2782
9  Nakamura Hikaru, USA... 2781
13 Karjakin Sergey, RUS... 2760
27 Nepomniachtchi Ian, RUS.... 2729
33 Adams Michael, ENG... 2715

Lev Aronian has had an amazing year so far, with wins at the Grenke Classic in April, Altibox-Norway Chess in June, St.Louis Rapid and Blitz in August, the World Cup in September, and marriage on September 30 to long-time girlfriend, WIM Arianne Caoili, and =1st the the Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca in November.

Carlsen has to be the favourite -- the top-seed, convincing winner at the Isle of Man, and two recent crushing wins at the Speed Championship all show that he's in excellent form -- but Caruana came to London with the same secret weapon that the World Champion had at the Isle of Man... 

Rounds 1-8 start at various times between 2 and 4pm local (9am and 11am, EST). Round 9 starts at noon local, 5pm EST.

Live Games



London Classic Open
Dec. 2-9, 2017.

A 9-round Swiss featuring 37 GMs, 11 over 2600 and 25 over 2500. One game per day, except Sunday, which has 2 rounds.

Three Canadians are playing: WIM Yuanling Yuan, Daniel Abrahams and IM Aman Hambleton, who is going for his still-elusive final GM Norm. All three were paired down in round 1 and won.Yuanling plays 13-year-old IM Nihail Sarin in round 2.

Canadian Results

Complete Results


3rd British Knockout Championship

The event follows the same format as the FIDE World Cup: semis are best-of-two matches followed (if necessary) by rapid tie-breaks; finals are  best-of-four, followed by Rapid KO. The Semi-Finals see four well-matched British GMs:

  • Nigel Short vs Luke McShane and
  • David Howell vs Matthew Sadler. 

The event has no clear favourite: Sadler has the highest FIDE rating (2685) but that's only 45 points more than the lowest-rated semi-finalist. Short has by far the most experience -- becoming an IM when the next-oldest player (Sadler) was only 6.