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Pairings London Chess Classic already announced

Pairings London Chess Classic already announced

The organizers of the London Chess Classic today announced the full pairings of the third edition which takes place 3-12 December in London.

The third London Chess Classic will be the strongest tournament in the history of British chess. It will be complemented by a chess festival with tournaments for all levels and of course free chess coaching for schools.

The festival runs from 3-12 December 2011 and falls on two weekends. Again there will be many side events such as a FIDE Open, weekend tournaments, blitz tournaments every evening and a Women’s all-play-all.

Viktor Korchnoi has agreed to come back again as guest of honour and will give two simultaneous displays.

There will also be training courses for chess teachers and for those who would like to become chess teachers, both organised by the charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).


Name Title Country Rating (1/11/2011) World Ranking
Carlsen, Magnus grandmaster NOR 2826 1 30.11.1990
Anand, Viswanathan world champion IND 2811 2 11.12.1969
Aronian, Levon grandmaster ARM 2802 3 06.10.1982
Kramnik, Vladimir ex-world champion RUS 2800 4 25.06.1975
Nakamura, Hikaru grandmaster USA 2758 10 09.12.1987
Adams, Michael grandmaster ENG 2734 17 17.11.1971
Short, Nigel grandmaster ENG 2698 48 01.06.1965
McShane, Luke grandmaster ENG 2671 74 07.01.1984
Howell, David grandmaster ENG 2633 139 14.11.1990

The average rating of the 2011 London Chess Classic (November 2011 list) is over 2730, making it comfortably the strongest event ever held in the UK.

London Chess Classic 2011 | Full pairings

Round 1 03.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 2 04.12.11 15:00 CET
Kramnik - Nakamura   Howell - Adams
Aronian - McShane   McShane - Carlsen
Carlsen - Howell   Nakamura - Aronian
Adams - Anand   Short - Kramnik
Short bye Assisting the commentary   Anand bye Assisting the commentary
Round 3 05.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 4 06.12.11 17:00 CET
Aronian - Short   Carlsen - Kramnik
Carlsen - Nakamura   Adams - Short
Adams - McShane   Anand - Nakamura
Anand - Howell   Howell - McShane
Kramnik bye Assisting the commentary   Aronian bye Assisting the commentary
Round 5 08.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 6 09.12.11 15:00 CET
Nakamura - Howell   Adams - Aronian
Short - Anand   Anand - Kramnik
Kramnik - Adams   Howell - Short
Aronian - Carlsen   McShane - Nakamura
McShane bye Assisting the commentary   Carlsen bye Assisting the commentary
Round 7 10.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 8 11.12.11 15:00 CET
Short - McShane   Anand - Carlsen
Kramnik - Howell   Howell - Aronian
Aronian - Anand   McShane - Kramnik
Carlsen - Adams   Nakamura - Short
Nakamura bye Assisting the commentary   Adams bye Assisting the commentary
Round 9 12.12.11 13:00 CET        
McShane   Anand        
Nakamura - Adams        
Short - Carlsen        
Kramnik - Aronian        
Howell bye Assisting the commentary        

For clarification: As the lowest rated player has pairing number 7, according to the tournament regulations, the round this player has the “bye” has been moved to be played as round 9.

Albert Vasse IA – Chief Arbiter

Timetable, course details and tickets are available here:

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Septimus's picture

I really like the way in which the organizers have tried to reach out to the public with this format (i.e have the contestants comment). Hope this cool trend catches on.

Malcolm Pein's picture

I just want to thank everyone for their kind words and to mention that there will be a game LCC Players v World on Twitter on Friday @ 15.45 CET I'll be sending Peter full info Cheers

Eiae's picture

I hope King will be the host/commentator again this year. He was brilliant last year.

Tarjei's picture

What are the odds Magnus will start with 3/3?

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