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London Chess Classic Cross Table

London Chess Classic 2010

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score*
1 Magnus Carlsen 2802 * L L W W D W W 13/21
2 Viswanathan Anand 2804 D * W D D D D W 11/21
3 Luke McShane 2645 W D * D D D D W 11/21
4 Hikaru Nakamura 2741 D D L * W D D W 10/21
5 Vladimir Kramnik 2791 D D D L * D W W 10/21
6 Michael Adams 2723 D D L D D * W D 8/21
7 David Howell 2611 D D L D L L * D 4/21
8 Nigel Short 2680 L L L L L D D * 2/21

* The London Classic was scored using 3 points for a win 1 for a draw.

Simpson’s Simul Swindle

One of the nice touches at the London Classic is the simultaneous display that accompanies the closing dinner: all the participants give a tandem simul making one move each in turn which leads to a happy kind of chaos. The event is quite competitive as several of the boards (each having 4 players consulting) have on their team a GM including  Speelman, King, Rowson, Norwood, Watson, Keene  and several other handy players;  last year the tournament participants had a fairly heavy loss.  Chess players are maniacally quite competitive and this year we were paying a bit more attention (whilst making sure not to miss out on their Yorkshire pud and glasses of claret).  Malcolm Pein gave a running commentary on the mic, eventually he announced that the score was even at 8 all with just  1 game remaining, at this stage Magnus took over the game , a not unwelcome development that I wouldn’t have minded availing myself of on a few other occasions. Still the game seemed destined for a draw as there were only queens and a few pawns remaining, the Black players were the presidents of three federations :CJ de Mooi of the ECF ,Tomas Sielicki of the Polish Federation, Viktor Kapustin of the Ukraine Federation and Frederic Friedel of Chessbase fame who had put up stiff resistance in a Stonewall Dutch.

Magnus has just nudged his king forward to h4, a move which contained a rather vicious trap.

I hope all my visitors have had a happy holiday season – all the best for 2011!

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London Chess Classic

We’re now past the rest day in the London Classic and coming into the home stretch. Pretty open field so a lot to play for!

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Bundesliga 2010-11: Rounds 1-4, 7

Bundesliga Round 1, Saturday 9th October 2010

SG Solingen OSG Baden-Baden
(W) Chanda Sandipan 2641 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Svidler 2731
(B) Jan Werle 2574 0 – 1 Sergei Movsesian 2723
(W) Predrag Nikolic 2597 1/2 – 1/2 Etienne Bacrot 2716
(B) Markus Ragger 2628 1/2 – 1/2 Michael Adams 2728
(W) Romain Edouard 2636 0 – 1 Francisco Vallejo-Pons 2697
(B) Artur Jussupow 2589 0 – 1 Arkadij Naiditsch 2674
(W) Sipke Ernst 2587 1/2 – 1/2 Jan Gustafsson 2646
(B) Alexander Naumann 2544 1/2 – 1/2 Philipp Schlosser 2574
2.5 – 5.5

Bundesliga Round 2, Sunday 10th October 2010

OSG Baden-Baden SC 1950 Remagen
(W) Peter Svidler 2731 1- 0 Tigran Gharamian 2658
(B) Sergei Movsesian 2723 1/2 – 1/2 Mircea Parligras 2601
(W) Etienne Bacrot 2716 1- 0 Jean-Marc Degraeve 2561
(B) Michael Adams 2728 1- 0 Alexandre Dgebuadze 2524
(W) Francisco Vallejo-Pons 2697 1- 0 Benjamin Bok 2453
(B) Arkadij Naiditsch 2674 1- 0 Bart Michiels 2459
(W) Jan Gustafsson 2646 1/2 – 1/2 Petar Popovic 2495
(B) Philipp Schlosser 2574 1/2 – 1/2 Jens Kipper 2394
6.5 – 1.5

Bundesliga Round 7, Friday 12th November 2010

OSG Baden-Baden SC Eppingen
(W) Peter Svidler 2731 1/2 – 1/2 Ferenc Berkes 2678
(B) Michael Adams 2728 1 – 0 Sergei Tiviakov 2637
(W) Peter-Heine Nielsen 2670 1/2 – 1/2 Csaba Balogh 2608
(B) Arkadij Naiditsch 2674 1/2 – 1/2 Zoltan Gyimesi 2595
(W) Georg Meier 2659 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Acs 2601
(B) Jan Gustafsson 2646 1/2 – 1/2 Falko Bindrich 2507
(W) Rustem Dautov 2602 1/2 – 1/2 Arik Braun 2538
(B) Philipp Schlosser 2574 0 – 1 Zoltan Medvegy 2531
4 – 4

Bundesliga Round 3, Saturday 13th November 2010

SV Wattenscheid 1930 OSG Baden-Baden
(W) Mateusz Bartel 2599 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Svidler 2731
(B) Sebastian Bogner 2549 1/2 – 1/2 Michael Adams 2728
(W) Pawel Czarnota 2524 0 – 1 Peter-Heine Nielsen 2670
(B) Alexander Rustemov 2541 0 – 1 Arkadij Naiditsch 2674
(W) Ralf Appel 2547 1 – 0 Georg Meier 2659
(B) Florian Handke 2494 1/2 – 1/2 Jan Gustafsson 2646
(W) Tobias Hirneise 2436 0 – 1 Rustem Dautov 2602
(B) Dr. Volkmar Dinstuhl 2424 0 – 1 Fabian Doettling 2579
2.5 – 5.5

Bundesliga Round 4, Sunday 14th November 2010

OSG Baden-Baden SK Turm Emsdetten
(W) Peter Svidler 2731 1/2 – 1/2 Anish Giri 2677
(B) Michael Adams 2728 1 – 0 Wouter Spoelman 2538
(W) Peter-Heine Nielsen 2670 1 – 0 Ruud Janssen 2498
(B) Arkadij Naiditsch 2674 1/2 – 1/2 Daan Brandenburg 2519
(W) Georg Meier 2659 1 – 0 Roeland Pruijssers 2483
(B) Jan Gustafsson 2646 1/2 – 1/2 Thomas Fiebig 2453
(W) Fabian Doettling 2579 1 – 0 Christov Kleijn 2427
(B) Philipp Schlosser 2574 1 – 0 Christian Richter 2392
7 – 1

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