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2012 Grand Pacific Open

Doing it right in Victoria BC

With sponsors (Hotel Grand Pacific and Goddess Chess), high-profile players (led by GM Hikaru Nakamura), and a guaranteed prize fund ($5000), they’ve got a fantastic annual event going in Victoria, BC.

The Grand Pacific Open takes place this weekend, April 6 to 9.

Victoria’s Grand Pacific will also be the site of this summer’s 49th Canadian Open – July 8 to 13, 2012.

Last year’s Grand Pacific Open was won by French WGM Nino Maisuradze, who went 6-0. With Naka playing, she may have difficulty repeating the feat this year.

WGM Nino Maisuradze, with Brian Raymer and Mark Dutton (organizers)
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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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2011 Tal Memorial in Moscow

2011 Tal Memorial – November 16 to 25

The 2011 Tal Memorial in Moscow
Nakamura ½-½ Gelfand, Round 1 © russiachess.org

The Tal Memorial took place from November 16 to 25 in Moscow. It was an incredibly strong event, with an average Elo of 2776, and some exciting match-ups. In the end, Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen tied for first.

Coverage Links:

Last Round (November 25)

Nepomniachtchi-Aronian © russiachess.org

In the final round, soon-to-be World Championship Challenger Boris Gelfand and current World Champion Viswanathan Anand drew. Svidler beat Kramnik to climb back to .500, and Karjakin and Ivanchuk drew.

Magnus Carlsen, with a win against Hikaru Nakamura from the black side of a Queen’s Indian, climbed to 5.5/9 and first place (and dumped Naka in last). So it all came down to the final game, Ian Nepomniachtchi-Levon Aronian. Ian had two pawns for the exchange in an ending, and possible winning chances, but Levon drew to stay (tied with Magnus) in first.

As well as tying for first in the 2011 Tal Memorial, Carlsen and Aronian are first and second in the live FIDE rankings.

Games in .pgn

Round Eight (November 24)

Aronian 1-0 Svidler © russiachess.org

In the eighth round, Levon Aronian broke out of the leader pack with a win against Peter Svidler. Aronian is now alone in first place at the 2011 Tal Memorial, with one round left to play.

Games in .pgn

Round Seven (November 23)

Nakamura 0-1 Ivanchuk © russiachess.org

In the fifth and sixth rounds all games were drawn, but in the seventh Nakamura went down to Ivanchuk, who now joins Carlsen, Aronian, Karjakin, and Nepomniachtchi in a five-way tie for first with 4/6. After his game Naka tweeted, “Quite simply, I have to play better chess.” (Follow @GMHikaru.)

Games in .pgn

Round Four (November 19)

Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Nakamura © russiachess.org

In the fourth round, all five games were drawn. Karjakin, Aronian, Carlsen, and Nepomniachtchi remain in a four-way tie for the lead – with 2½/4. Hikaru Nakamura may have missed a chance or two to win in his game against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Games in .pgn

Round Three (November 18)

Gelfand 0-1 Karjakin © russiachess.org

In the third round, full points were scored by Sergey Karjakin (against Gelfand) and Aronian (against Ivanchuk) to join Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi in a four-way tie for the lead – with 2/3. Naka went down to Peter Svidler and is currently trailing (=8th) with 1/3. And Gelfand is in last with only ½/3 after back-to-back losses.

Games in .pgn

Round Two (November 17)

Carlsen 1-0 Gelfand (Anand looking on) © russiachess.org

In the second round, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen (1st in the world at 2826) defeated Israeli Boris Gelfand (challenger for the world title) in a wild game. Carlsen is now tied for first place with Ivanchuk and Nepomniachtchi – all three have 1½/2.

Games in .pgn

Round One (November 16)

Kramnik 0-1 Nepomniachtchi © russiachess.org

In the first round, 21-year-old Ian Nepomniachtchi (mere 20th in the world and the lowest-rated GM in the tounament at 2730) scored an upset win (with black!) against Vladimir Kramnik (4th in the world at 2800). (And Vassily Ivanchuk beat Peter Svidler)

Games in .pgn

Шестой Мемориал Михаила Таля – Москва 2011

The 6th Tal Memorial is being held in the palatial Pashkov House, which sits atop Vagankovo hill in Moscow, Russia.

The tournament honours Mikhail Tal, a Latvian player known for his tactical play and his death stare. Tal is a Soviet legend, and he became the 8th World Chess Champion when he defeated Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960. This past November 9 would have been his 75th birthday.

The Magician from Riga
Pashkov House
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GM Hikaru Nakamura “Playing Like Garbage”

2011 Kings’ Tournament in Romania

GM Hikaru Nakamura

American GM Hikaru Nakamura is one of six GMs competing in the 5th annual Romgaz Kings’ Tournament in Medias, Romania, from June 11 to 22. It’s a six-player double round robin, with an average Elo of 2758.

At half-time, after the first five rounds, Hikaru was in third place with 2.5/5. Then, in round six, he drew his second game against the leader, GM Magnus Carlsen.

After the game, he tweeted that he has been “continuing to play like absolute garbage ever since Wijk aan Zee.” (Wijk aan Zee was where he won the top section, ahead of Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, and Kramnik!)

Check the official site and @GMHikaru for updates. The official site also has LIVE games – with video feed. Rounds start at 8:30 am EDT.

2011 RomGaz Turneul Regilor
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GM Nakamura wins at Wijk aan Zee

American GM Hikaru Nakamura finishes on top

The 2011 Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the “Wimbledon of chess,” finished this weekend, with GM Hikaru Nakamura on top in Section A, ahead of Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, and Kramnik.

Nakamura played in the Toronto Open in 2009. With this victory, he is now the seventh highest-rated player in the world (and Anand also nudged ahead of Carlsen for the top world rating.)

In section C, top Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein finished in a three-way tie for fourth. With a record of +6-4=3, this was fighting chess at grandmaster level! He has a week off before the start of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow. Check his blog over the next few days for updates about his experiences at Tata Steel.

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