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7th London Chess Classic 2015 (9)

Carlsen wins the London Chess Classic and Grand Chess Tour on the final day

London Chess Classic director Malcolm Pein presents the Classic and Tour trophies to Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

London Chess Classic director Malcolm Pein presents the Classic and Tour trophies to Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/

Magnus Carlsen won the 7th London Chess Classic and the whole Grand Chess Tour after an amazing final day for him.

Carlsen knew he needed to beat Alexander Grischuk in his round 9 game to have any chance. At first he secured a very promising position but he lost control of the position and his hopes only lay with Grischuk's severe time pressure. Grischuk might have even won but in the end with only seconds left he went for a perpetual check that wasn't there and lost. The remaining games of the round were drawn leaving Carlsen tied with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Carlsen had the best performance tie-break and under the rules for a three way tie he waited for the winner of a Giri vs MVL match. Giri won the first rapid game and seemed to be safe and solid with white in the second but he lost control and was defeated. MVL also won the Armageddon tie-break to set up the final against Carlsen.

In the final tie-break match of the day MVL was a bit worse against Carlsen in game one but towards the end seemed favourite to hold the rook endgame before suddenly going wrong and losing. In the second game MVL seemed to have little energy left and Carlsen took a draw from a position of strength that secured both first place in London and first place in the inaugural Grand Tour.

7th London Classic 2015 London (ENG), 3-14 xii 2015 cat. XXII (2784)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2834 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 2858
2. Giri, Anish g NED 2784 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 2864
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2773 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 2865
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2788 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2826
5. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2783
6. Adams, Michael g ENG 2737 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2789
7. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2747 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 2788
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2793 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 4 2740
9. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2796 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 2702
10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 2616
Round 9 (December 13, 2015)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 38 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 33 A04 Dutch System
Adams, Michael - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 35 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 37 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Giri, Anish ½-½ 33 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
7th London Classic TB London ENG Sun 13th Dec 2015 - Sun 13th Dec 2015
Leading Final Round 2 Standings:
RkNameTiFEDRtg123Pts
1Carlsen, MagnusGMNOR28341=1.5
2Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeGMFRA27730=0.5
RkNameTiFEDRtg123Pts
1Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeGMFRA27730112
2Giri, AnishGMNED27841001
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