Magnus Carlsen Wins the 2012 London Chess Classic

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10-12-12 10:10.

London Chess Classic 2012 logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen has won the 2012 London Chess Classic after an exceptional tournament that will live long in the memory.

His +5 performance in earning a third Classic title was enough to break the 13-year old Elo rating record of Garry Kasparov.

In the last round Magnus Carlsen was unable to defeat the world champion Vishy Anand, but by then he knew he had done enough to win the tournament.  The destiny of the first prize was decided when Vladimir Kramnik was unable to gain the victory he needed with black against Mickey Adams.

The tournament will also be remembered for Vladimir Kramnik's superb play, and a strong performance by Mickey Adams to cheer the home crowd.

Despite his final round draw, Kramnik placed second with a +4 score, achieving his highest rating in over a decade (2809.7 Elo).

Hikaru Nakamura finished win a win against Luke McShane to share third place with Adams, while Judit Polgar and Lev Aronian drew their game and finish in the bottom half of the standings.

The final standings in the 2012 London Chess Classic (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2848 18
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2795 16
3 Adams, Michael ENG 2710 13
3 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2760 13
5 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2775 9
6 Aronian, Levon ARM 2815 8
7 Polgar, Judit HUN 2705 6
8 McShane, Luke ENG 2713 5
9 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644 3


Magnus Carlsen's tournament-end rating is a record 2861.4 Elo

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Magnus Carlsen Vishy Anand.jpg



Mickey Adams and Vladimir Kramnik drew their final round game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Mickey Adams Vladimir Kramnik.jpg



Hikaru Nakamura finished with a win against Luke McShane

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Hikaru Nakamura Luke McShane.jpg



Judit Polgar and Lev Aronian also drew their last game

London Chess Classic 2012 Round 9 Judit Polgar Lev Aronian.jpg



Congratulations to Malcolm Pein and all those involved in the organisation of the 2012 London Chess Classic.  How on earth can you top that next year? Cool

The time control was 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, then 30 minutes to finish.  The 'Bilbao' style 3-1-0 scoring system was used.

More information on all the London Chess Classic events is at the official website

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.  Games via TWIC.

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  • 4 jaar geleden


    This years event was absolutely fabulous, congratulations to Maggie and Vlad for their outstanding performance!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Extraordinaire result. Magnus is in top form pulverizing the opposition. I am also a Kramnik fan and he did pretty well this time. His highest rating ever...

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Too bad that Kramnik decided to take the line of least resistance.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I really surprised that kramnik chose again berlin defense when he needed a victory....!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    In all the hoopla over rating records, people forget that Elo is not an absolute measure - what matters is your rating in relation to everyone else's rating. At his peak rating, Kasparov was about 80 points above Kramnik (#2 at the time). On the next rating list, Carlsen will be 51 points above Kramnik - still an incredible display of dominance in the chess world, but not record-breaking. Yet.

    Also, Fischer was 125 points above his nearest competitor at his peak. To match that record, Carlsen will have to go well into 2900 territory.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Kramniks highest ever rating was 2811.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Awesome ending! congratulation to both Magnus and Kramnik 

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