2017 London Chess Classic (London, England)

The last event of the Grand Chess Tour will culminate with the London Chess Tour and perhaps will be the last major event of the year. There is still the Tata Steel Chess January 12th-28th, the World Candidates tournament in March to be held in Berlin, Germany and the World Championship in 2018 will be held in London.

Wesley So
2016 London Chess Classic Champion

The English capital will be buzzing for the next two weeks, but one may wonder where the Grand Chess Tour is headed. The field of players have been virtually the same over the years. There may be some innovations afoot, but the London Classic will be a good prequel to the upcoming Candidates tournament. Magnus Carlsen, Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi have replaced Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and Anish Giri in the field. Wesley So returns to defend his 2016 crown.

So had a banner 2016 year, but this year has been up and down. After winning the U.S. Championship for the first time, he scored creditably at Shakmir, equal at Norway Altibox before fizzling at the Sinquefield Cup. He currently stands in 6th place in the Grand Tour standings.

This is the 9th edition of the London Chess Classic. The first round will be played at Google’s London headquarters in Pancras Square. After a rest day, the tournament resumes at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington on Sunday December 3rd at 14.00 London time. There will also be the British Knockout Championships expanding to eight players including the legendary Nigel Short.

There is the also 5th Pro-Biz Cup designed to involved the business community with chess promotion and charity. There is also a London Chess Conference and the FIDE Open event (December 2nd-9th), a 9-round Swiss format with a £20,000 prize fund and possible norm opportunities. The Super Rapidplay Open will return on 17th-18th December and will be a 10-round FIDE rated open with all players playing in the same section and competing for section prizes.

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2017 London Chess Classic
December 9-18, 2017 (London, England)
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Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Carlsen, Magnus GM Norway
2837
2 Aronian, Levon GM Armenia
2805
3 Caruana, Fabiano GM USA
2799
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM France
2789
5 So, Wesley GM USA
2788
6 Anand, Viswanathan GM India
2782
7 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA
2781
8 Karjakin, Sergey GM Russia
2760
9 Nepomniachtchi Ian GM Russia
2729
10 Adams, Michael GM England
2715
(Official Site)

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Video by GM Daniel King

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Photos: Lennart Ootes

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Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. Round #1: Friday, 1 December 2017

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Carlsen, M
    NOR
    ½-½
    Caruana, F
    USA
    2 Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    ½-½
    Aronian, L
    ARM
    3 So, W
    USA
    ½-½
    Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    4 Nakamura, H
    USA
    ½-½
    Anand, V
    IND
    5 Adams, M
    ENG
    ½-½
    Karjakin, S
    RUS
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #1) 5:48:03

    Video by CCSCSL

    Video by GM Daniel King

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  2. Round #2: Sunday, 3 December 2017

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Karjakin, S
    RUS
    ½-½
    Carlsen, M
    NOR
    2 Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    ½-½
    Nakamura, H
    USA
    3 Caruana, F
    USA
    ½-½
    Aronian, L
    ARM
    4 So, W
    USA
    ½-½
    Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    5 Anand, V
    IND
    ½-½
    Adams, M
    ENG
    Official Site

    Round #2 Recap :53

    Full Broadcast (Round #2) 4:45:33

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    Video by GM Daniel King

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  3. Round #3: Monday, 4 December 2017

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Carlsen, M
    NOR
    ½-½
    Anand, V
    IND
    2 Nakamura, H
    USA
    ½-½
    So, W
    USA
    3 Aronian, L
    ARM
    ½-½
    Karjakin, S
    RUS
    4 Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    ½-½
    Caruana, F
    USA
    5 Adams, M
    ENG
    ½-½
    Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #3) 4:33:13

    Video by CCSCSL

    Video by GM Daniel King

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  4. Round #4: Tuesday, 5 December 2017
    Caruana breaks through… a Benko reserved by So!

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    ½-½
    Carlsen, M
    NOR
    2 Anand, V
    IND
    ½-½
    Aronian, L
    ARM
    3 Karjakin, S
    RUS
    0-1
    Caruana, F
    USA
    4 Nakamura, H
    USA
    ½-½
    Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    5 So, W
    USA
    ½-½
    Adams, M
    ENG
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #4) 4:34:17

    Video by CCSCSL

    Video by GM Daniel King

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  5. Round #5: Wednesday, 6 December 2017
    Caruana wins again… pulls a full point ahead of field

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Caruana, F
    USA
    1-0
    Anand, V
    IND
    2 Aronian, L
    ARM
    ½-½
    Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    3 Carlsen, M
    NOR
    ½-½
    So, W
    USA
    4 Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    ½-½
    Karjakin, S
    RUS
    5 Adams, M
    ENG
    ½-½
    Nakamura, H
    USA
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #5) 6:10:43

    Video by CCSCSL

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  6. Round #6: Friday, 8 December 2017

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    ½-½
    Caruana, F
    USA
    2 So, W
    USA
    ½-½
    Aronian, L
    ARM
    3 Nakamura, H
    USA
    ½-½
    Carlsen, M
    NOR
    4 Adams, M
    ENG
    0-1
    Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    5 Anand, V
    IND
    ½-½
    Karjakin, S
    RUS
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #6) 6:28:01

    Video by CCSCSL

    Video by GM Daniel King

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  7. Round #7: Saturday, 9 December 2017
    A Bird… a Najdorf and g4… craziness

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Caruana, F
    USA
    ½-½
    So, W
    USA
    2 Carlsen, M
    NOR
    1-0
    Adams, M
    ENG
    3 Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    1-0
    Anand, V
    IND
    4 Aronian, L
    ARM
    ½-½
    Nakamura, H
    USA
    5 Karjakin, S
    RUS
    0-1
    Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #7) 6:23:27

    Video by CCSCSL

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  8. Round #8: Sunday, 10 December 2017
    Carlsen collapses… Nepo now in clear 1st

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Carlsen, M
    NOR
    0-1
    Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    2 Nakamura, H
    USA
    ½-½
    Caruana, F
    USA
    3 Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    ½-½
    Anand, V
    IND
    4 Adams, M
    ENG
    ½-½
    Aronian, L
    ARM
    5 So, W
    USA
    ½-½
    Karjakin, S
    RUS
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast (Round #8) 5:32:42

    Video by CCSCSL

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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

  9. Round #9: Monday, 11 December 2017
    Caruana wins London Classic after beating Nepo in playoff!
    Carlsen wins overall Grand Chess Tour

    2017 London Chess Classic
    1 Nepomniachtchi, I
    RUS
    ½-½
    Vachier-Lagrave, M
    FRA
    2 Aronian, L
    ARM
    0-1
    Carlsen, M
    NOR
    3 Caruana, F
    USA
    1-0
    Adams, M
    ENG
    4 Anand, V
    IND
    0-1
    So, W
    USA
    5 Karjakin, S
    RUS
    ½-½
    Nakamura, H
    USA
    Official Site

    Full Broadcast w/ tiebreaks (Round #9) 9:03:14

    Video by CCSCSL


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    Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2017/12/03/2017-london-chess-classic-london-england/

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