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Magnus Carlsen Won London Chess Classic & Broke Kasparov's Record

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Monday, 10 December 2012
The world's highest-rated male and female players - Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar

Magnus Carlsen has won London Classic undefeated and with a remarkable performance - 18/24 (football scoring system). Notably, he broke Garry Kasparovs record (2851 in year 1999) and now has an empyreal live rating of 2861.

Vladimir Kramnik (16/24) has also enjoyed being undefeated and scored really well (+4). Especially interesting was his game against Gawain Jones, in which he employed the double fianchetto variation a rare guest at the elite level. Vlady is now #2 on the live rating list with 2809 his all-time high previously achieved in 2002.

Michael Adams is clearly underrated (according to Vladimir Kramnik). He won bronze and reestablished himself as the #1 in Great Britain. The US #1 Hikaru Nakamura finished on par with him  (13/24) and earned a few rating points along the way.

The reigning World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand is still performing disappointingly (9/24), 50%. The way he blundered a simple mate against Michael Adams is a sign that something is wrong with his play.

Levon Aronian was obviously in a bad form at London (8/24). Even more shocking, he managed to save a few terrible positions, but still scored poorly and fell to #3 on the live rating list.

Apart from the game against Luke McShane the event didnt go too well for Judith Polgar (6/24), but it is always a pleasure to see the chess Amazon playing chess.

Luke McShane (5/24) probably collapsed under the burden of high expectations of the public being the #1-rated British grandmaster and a person who has defeated quite a few of the worlds top players, he was supposed to achieve something spectacular in London. Alas, it didnt happen, but at least he won one game (against Gawain Jones).

The reigning British Champion and rating outsider of the tournament Gawain Jones has scored rather miserably (3/24), but was complimented for showing a fighting spirit as opposed to trying to make as many draws as possible.

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