7th London chess classic ; round 5

Aronian vs Carlsen smiling at 1.Nh3!?As usual we started with some children making moves for the grandmasters. This time the children in question had travelled all the way from Gloucestershire. That’s around 200 kilometres due west of London for those readers unfamiliar with our green and pleasant land, and our adherence to Imperial units of measurement. They brought with them some innovative opening ideas. The little boy from Slimbridge Primary School deputed to make Levon

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London chess classic; 3 round

Carlsen vs Anand - and the little girl, Anum Sheikh, presses the clock too!At the start of every round at the London Classic we always have at least one special guest on stage to make the first move for one or more of the super-GMs. Sometimes it’s a sponsor or a celebrity but more often than not it is one of the many children learning to play the game courtesy of the Chess in Schools and Communities charity. Children make great ‘honorary movers’ because you can never be quite sure what they are going to do! Today was a delightful

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London chess classic; round 2

Grischuk vs TopalovALL DRAWS… … in today’s second round. That makes the scores Giri 1½/2; Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, Anand, Adams, Aronian, Carlsen, Nakamura 1; Topalov ½. Most of the games were well contested, but elite, classical chess gravitates towards a drawn result and there’s no point getting hung up about it. One of the dangers of a stellar field is

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