2011 Chess Classic in London, England

GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Nigel Short, during the opening press conference

3rd London Chess Classic – December 3 to 12, 2011

The charity, Chess in Schools and Communities, is running the 3rd London Chess Classic at Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, West London.

Starting this Saturday December 3, the London Classic pits American GM Hikaru Nakamura, English GM Nigel Short (who recently visited Toronto), and three more English grandmasters – Michael Adams, Luke McShane, and David Howell – against the world’s top four – Anand, Carlsen, Aronian, and Kramnik – in a round-robin, all-play-all tournament.

With an odd number of players, one player will assist with the live broadcast each round.

Along with “the Classic,” CSC has a huge variety of other chess events on tap: a FIDE open, two weekenders, a women’s invitational, rapid and blitz tournaments, simuls with Viktor Korchnoi, free coaching for children, classes for chess teachers, etc.

Through 6 rounds, Hikaru Nakamura is leading with 11 points (he’s 3-1-2).

Round 7 starts at 9:00 am EST on Saturday December 10 – Here are the pairings:

Nigel Short – Luke McShane
Vladimir Kramnik – David Howell
Levon Aronian – Viswanathan Anand
Magnus Carlsen – Michael Adams

Hikaru Nakamura bye, assisting the commentary

Round 6 (Fri Dec 7)

Get the .pgn gamefile

Michael Adams – Levon Aronian (½-½)
Viswanathan Anand – Vladimir Kramnik (½-½)
David Howell – Nigel Short (½-½)
Luke McShane – Hikaru Nakamura (½-½)

Round 5 (Thurs Dec 6)

Get the .pgn gamefile

Hikaru Nakamura – David Howell (1-0)
Nigel Short – Viswanathan Anand (0-1)
Vladimir Kramnik – Michael Adams (1-0)
Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen (½-½)

Round 4 (Tues Dec 6)

Get the .pgn gamefile

Magnus Carlsen – Vladimir Kramnik (½-½)
Michael Adams – Nigel Short (0-1)
Viswanathan Anand – Hikaru Nakamura (0-1)
David Howell – Luke McShane (0-1)

Round 3 (Mon Dec 5)

Get the .pgn gamefile

Levon Aronian – Nigel Short (1-0)
Magnus Carlsen – Hikaru Nakamura (1-0)
Michael Adams – Luke McShane (0-1)
Vishy Anand – David Howell (½-½)

Round 2 (Sun Dec 4)

Get the .pgn gamefile

David Howell – Michael Adams (½-½)
Luke McShane – Magnus Carlsen (½-½)
Hikaru Nakamura – Levon Aronian (1-0)
Nigel Short – Vladimir Kramnik (0-1)

Round 1 (Sat Dec 3)

Get the .pgn gamefile

Vladimir Kramnik – Hikaru Nakamura (½-½)
Levon Aronian – Luke McShane (½-½)
Magnus Carlsen – David Howell (1-0)
Michael Adams – Vishy Anand (½-½)

The round started with tennis star Boris Becker playing the ceremonial first move on Magnus Carlsen’s board:

Later, Mr. Becker played a game with GM Nigel Short:

Opening Ceremonies (Fri Dec 2)

The day before Round 1, there was a press conference followed by a game between the London Classic GMs and the Rest of the World. The GMs took turns playing Black’s moves, while White’s moves were decided democratically through Twitter (@londonclassic #lccvworld).

Here’s the game:

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