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Saturday, December 18, 2010

London Chess Classic 2010 - Some memorable moments

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Garry Kasparov presents the trophy and winner's cheque of €50,000 to London Chess Classic winner 2010, Magnus Carlsen.Photo: © Ray Morris-Hill/
Find some great portraits of the players also at

Hi Everyone,

Here are some memorable moments from the just-concluded London Chess Classic 2010 that missed making the regular main news of the tournament. But one tends to miss a lot happening around when Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen his spinning his magic!

Chess legend and former World Champion Garry Kasparov attended the second London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre on December 15, the day of the seventh and last round. He visited the commentary room, which was a real treat for the spectators.

Garry also signed copies of his My Great Predecessor books. Find more photos the great grandmaster here and at

Another chess legend, Viktor Korchnoi played two simuls which included just one loss to Allan Beardsworth, a former England Olympiad team manager! You can see some interesting simul games here. Some nice letters and comments by chess lovers and fans about the London Chess Classic 2010 are here.

And, how could we forget the videos by Macauley Peterson.

(Find more videos here.)

World Chess Problem-Solving champion John Nunn at his astronomy lecture.

GM Boris Avrukh (right) presented a lecture on some examples of theoretical novelties; the thoughts that lead to them and their application in grandmaster practice while GM Jacob Aagaard presented a lecture on the main rules underpinning a successful attack, as outlaid in his book Attacking Manual 1. Also, WIM Arlette Van Weersel (2186) (above left) won the Womens Invitational event with an unbeaten 8/9. Gawain Jones and Simon Williams were the joint winners of the FIDE Open 2010 with 7½/9. Also find a nice wrap-up report at

We sure had fun following the London Chess Classic 2010! Didn't you?

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  • At December 18, 2010 at 8:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just don't get enough of GK, AK and MC. I want to wake up with them, spend my day with them, go to sleep dreaming of them. What a pleasure. Thanks Chess Queen.


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