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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GM Michael Adams wins London Chess Classic 2014 Elite Blitz

Hello chess blog friends, the London Classic Elite Blitz was held on the evening of 8 December 2014 in the auditorium of the Olympia Conference Centre, with all six elite entrants to the London Classic proper taking part in a double-cycle round-robin to decide the draw order for the main tournament.

Find lots of photos at the official website.

The tournament (which was scored on the 3-1-0 basis) ended in a three-way tie for first between Mickey Adams (England), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) on 17/30, Anish Giri (Netherlands) on 16, Vishy Anand (India) 10 and Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 9.

Number of wins or black wins couldn't separate the leaders but Mickey Adams was placed first based on a better head-to-head result against his rivals. He was invited to choose his preferred draw number. He chose number 3 (note that numbers 1-3 secure an extra white). Hikaru Nakamura (who was second on tie-break) chose 2 and Vladimir Kramnik 1. Then Anish Giri opted for 5, Vishy Anand for 6 and Fabiano Caruana was left with 4.

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