Today, on Wednesday, December 11th 2013, the London Chess Classics begin with yet another world-class cast. While the chess festival has already begun, the ‘Super 16’ will start today in the English capital London.
Five Top 10 players of the worldwide rankings
As the name indicates, 16 of the world’s best chess players will be participating in this chess event. Yet again, the organizers of the 5th edition of the ‘Super 16’ were able to recruit several top-rated players. Although the new Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen will not be present, former World Champion Visvanathan Anand will compete – for the first time since his defeat at the World Championship in Chennai against the young Norwegian. The Indian will face four other Top 10 chess players: Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Gelfand, Fabiano Caruana, and Hikaru Nakamura. The competitors will play a rapid chess tournament as part of the London Chess Classics 2013, which are carried out from December 7th through 15th.
The playing mode of the London Chess Classics 2013
First of all, the 16 participants will play a preliminary round in four groups of each four players. A victory will be rewarded with 3 points, a draw still adds 1 point to the players’ scores. The best two players of each group qualify for the Knock-Out-Round of the ‘Super 16’. The thinking time for every duel is 25 minutes, plus 10 seconds per move. The tournament’s final victor will take home 50.000€ of the total amount of 150.000€ prize money. Undoubtedly, it would have been interesting to see Magnus Carlsen’s performance so short after the World Championship victory, as the Norwegian was able to win the 1st edition of this event in 2009 and the 4th edition last year.
The 16 participants of the ‘Super 16’ at the London Chess Classics 2013
Here is an overview of the four groups of the preliminary round of the ‘Super 16’ tournament at the London Chess Classics 2013:
1. Luke McShane (2684)
2. Andrei Istratescu (2709)
3. Michael Adams (2746)
4. Vishy Anand (2784)
1. Vladimir Kramnik (2777)
2. Jonathan Rowson (2569)
3. Matthew Sadler (2646)
4. Peter Svidler (2789)
1. Boris Gelfand (2718)
2. Gawain Jones (2615)
3. Hikaru Nakamura (2812)
4. Judit Polgar (2669)
1. Nigel Short (2711)
2. Fabiano Caruana (2783)
3. Emil Sutovsky (2663)
4. David Howell (2649)
written by Michael, translated by Birthe