London Chess Classic 2017

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London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 am

Is this really the first thread on the event, about to start today? Have we forumites become so spoilt that we hardly notice it anymore? (If we represent the English community in any way, then AGON might regret the choice of London for Carlsen's title defence after all). There is also the English KO event starting today.

Myself, I read about it in the Evening Standard, but not here ...

I still haven't looked up the actual Classic pairings though, and am sure that some one else will want to post them, just to spare me the slightest bit of effort?

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:13 am

The first round being in a different location might have taken some of the anticipation out of the start of the event. Hopefully there will be reports and photos at some stage.

Have a read of the report from John Saunders on the Pro-Biz Cup that took place yesterday:

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/probi ... report.htm

Lots more to read about on the event website. That is the place to go, not here! :D

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:14 am

Round 1
Friday 1 Dec, 14.00

Nepomniachtchi-Aronian
Carlsen-Caruana
Adams-Karjakin
Nakamura -Anand
So-Vachier-Lagrave

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:34 am

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:13 am
The first round being in a different location might have taken some of the anticipation out of the start of the event. Hopefully there will be reports and photos at some stage.

Have a read of the report from John Saunders on the Pro-Biz Cup that took place yesterday:

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/probi ... report.htm

Lots more to read about on the event website. That is the place to go, not here! :D
Sure! Just thought we might be discussing it here.

The KO event has already started. Ponziani from Gawain?!

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:52 am

Six pages here, albeit titled "FIDE Open" viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9317

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Alex Holowczak » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:18 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 am
There is also the English KO event starting today.
Jonathan Rowson might dispute that.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:48 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:18 pm
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 am
There is also the English KO event starting today.
Jonathan Rowson might dispute that.
Possibly not, given his current position :oops:

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:08 pm

Despite being the exchange up, the chessbomb stockfish thinks Nigel is worse. Alternatively Alan Merry found a strong exchange sacrifice. In the opening Nigel was pretending to be a club player or possibly Mark Hebden.


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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Graham Borrowdale » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:27 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 am
Is this really the first thread on the event, about to start today? Have we forumites become so spoilt that we hardly notice it anymore? (If we represent the English community in any way, then AGON might regret the choice of London for Carlsen's title defence after all). There is also the English KO event starting today.

Myself, I read about it in the Evening Standard, but not here ...

I still haven't looked up the actual Classic pairings though, and am sure that some one else will want to post them, just to spare me the slightest bit of effort?
Just because people don't post on this forum, does not mean they are not excited or looking forward to the event... but thanks for the reminder!

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:43 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:08 pm
Despite being the exchange up, the chessbomb stockfish thinks Nigel is worse. Alternatively Alan Merry found a strong exchange sacrifice. In the opening Nigel was pretending to be a club player or possibly Mark Hebden.

Black's 32nd move appeared to be the turning point.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:03 pm



32. .. Bf4 was played, where the stockfish at chessbomb suggests 32. .. b4 retaining a Black advantage. The evaluation swings 4.5 pawns (-3.2 to +1.3) in Nigel's favour after 33. Rxe7. Bf4 doesn't look like a major error.

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Post by Nick Burrows » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:47 pm

After 32..b4 33.cxb3 c3 all blacks pieces come alive and due to the impending ..Bb5 Stockfish sees nothing better than 34.Rxe3 when it is obvious that black is winning.

32..Bf4 just seems to drop the a6 pawn.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:53 pm

Whilst glancing at Carlsen-Caruana after move 46 I innocently wondered if white should play 47 Nd3 before coming to the conclusion that 46...Bd5 mate would be a good response :oops:

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by David Shepherd » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:22 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:53 pm
Whilst glancing at Carlsen-Caruana after move 46 I innocently wondered if white should play 47 Nd3 before coming to the conclusion that 46...Bd5 mate would be a good response :oops:
I think even your conclusion was wrong more likely you were thinking of 47...Bd5 :o Now ended in a draw.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:33 pm

The return Merry v Short game featured another tactical collapse.



Here White can be simple with 27. Bf1 or complicated with 27. Ng4 being a pawn up in both cases for insufficient counter-play according to the chessbomb stockfish. The move played 27. Be4 seems to lose on the spot as 27. .. Qxe5 not only captures a pawn but also sets up some useful pins.

After 27. Ng4 g5, the engine spots 28. Qf6+ as strong.


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