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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Anand versus Carlsen this December

London Classic 2010

The latest news doing the rounds in the Internet's chess world is that World Champion Viswanathan Anand will play the London Chess Classic in December this year where he will face Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik as his main rivals.Viswanathan Anand will become the first reigning world chess champion to play in a major tournament in London since Anatoly Karpov in 1984.

Vishy Anand is the one change from the field that competed for the Clas
sic in December 2009. Anand will turn 41 during the tournament.

In London he will meet his immediate predecessor Vladimir Kramnik, 36, of Russia, and currently world’s highest rated player (and widely tipped to be Anand’s next challenger) – Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who will be 20 by the time the tournament starts.

At present, Kramnik is number three and Anand number four on the FIDE rating list.Five more players make up the field of eight, all of whom played in the 2009 event.

The fourth non-British player in the Classic will be Hikaru Nakamura, USA, who will turn 23 during the London event. Four British players will include Michael Adams, 39, from Cornwall, who is currently England number one.

Then, there will be Nigel Short, 45, who became a chess legend by beating Anatoly Karpov in 1993. Luke McShane, 26, one of the talented younger grandmasters of the world along with David Howell, 20.

I'm already looking forward to watching the games of this most fascinating tournament, I am sure they will be exceptionally interesting!

Tournament Line-Up

  • GM Magnus Carlsen, Norway, 2813, Fide Rank 1, Born 30.11.1990
  • GM Vladimir Kramnik, Russia, 2790, Ex-world champion, Fide Rank 2, Born 25.06.1975
  • GM Viswanathan Anand, India, World champion, 2789, Fide Rank 4, Born 11.12.1969
  • GM Hikaru Nakamura, USA, 2733, Fide Rank 19, Born 09.12.1987
  • GM Michael Adams, England, 2697, Fide Rank 41, Born 17.11.1971
  • GM Nigel Short, England, 2685, Fide Rank 48, Born 01.06.1965
  • GM Luke McShane, England, 2623, Fide Rank 138, Born 07.01.1984
  • GM David Howell, England, 2620, Fide Rank 144, Born 14.11.1990

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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  • At June 8, 2010 at 2:44 AM , Anonymous R7-Android Super 17 said...

    Я надеюсь, дуэль на Чемпионате мира по шахматам между этими двумя великими игроками.

    The World needs a duel between Anand and Carlsen for the world title.

  • At June 9, 2010 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the wonderful post. Considering the kind of tactics Anand applied during the defense of his world crown in Sofia, I want him to lose against Carlsen and Kramnik. Looking forward to all the action.

  • At June 14, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Anonymous Robin James said...

    I think one reason Kasparov and Carlsen helped Anand in the match against Topalov was to see how is mind is working. After all, Carlsen is Anand's next challenger. And, I am betting my bottom dollar, Carlsen will beat Anand.

  • At November 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    December London chess is just a tournamen, not anand vs carlsen duel.
    The title makes it look like a duel.
    I look forward to anand vs carlsen duel. I think Anand will beat him because of his experience even though he may struggle in the early part of the tournament.


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