Sizzles turned into fizzles in game 1 at London Chess Classic

There are two Classical games on December 11-12

Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½

2018 London Chess Classic

1 d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Qc2 Bb7 8. Rd1 Bd6 9. Bg3 Nbd7 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. e4 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Bxg3 13. hxg3 e5 14. Bb5 c6 15. Be2 Qc7 16. g4 Rfe8 17. g5 Rad8 18. Kf1 b5 19. Rh4 a6 20. a4 Qa5 21. g6 hxg6 22. Ng5 Nf8 23. Rd3 Bc8 24. Qb3 Qc7 25. axb5 axb5 26. Rf3 Be6 27. d5 cxd5 28. exd5 Rxd5 29. Nxe6 fxe6 30. Rfh3 e4 31. Rxe4 Ra8 32. g3 Qc5 33. Re3 Ra3 34. Qb2 Qd6 35. Rh4 Ra4 36. Rhe4 Qa3 37. Qxa3 Rxa3 38. Bg4 Rc5 39. Bxe6+ Nxe6 40. Rxe6 Raxc3 41. Rxc3 Rxc3 42. Rxg6 b4 43. Rb6 b3 44. Kg2 Kf7 45. f4 g5 46. fxg5 Rc2+ 47. Kf3 b2 48. Kg4 Kg7 49. Rb7+ Kg6 50. Rb6+ Kg7 51. Rb7+ Kg6 ½-½

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Aronian, Levon ½-½

2018 London Chess Classic 2018

1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 b4 9. a5 d6 10. d3 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Nbd2 Qb8 13. Nb3 Nd8 14. d4 exd4 15. Qxd4 c5 16. Qc4 Nd7 17. Be3 Bf6 18. Ra2 Re8 19. Nbd2 Nf7 20. Qb3 Qb5 21. Rd1 Nde5 22. Nxe5 Nxe5 23. Qa4 Qxa4 24. Rxa4 Rac8 25. h3 g5 26. c3 d5 27. exd5 exd5 28. cxb4 Nd3 29. Bxc5 Nxb2 30. Raa1 Nxd1 31. Rxd1 Bc3 32. Nf3 d4 33. Nxg5 Rb8 34. Nf3 Bxb4 35. Bb6 Re4 36. Nxd4 Re1+ 37. Rxe1 Bxe1 38. Ne6 Re8 39. Nc5 Rc8 40. Nxa6 Bxa5 41. Bxa5 Ra8 42. Bd2 Rxa6 43. g4 Kf7 44. Kg2 Kg6 45. Be3 h5 46. f4 hxg4 47. hxg4 Rf6 48. Kf3 Rf7 49. Bc5 Rf6 50. Bb4 Rf7 51. Ke4 Rb7 52. Bc5 Rb3 53. Be3 Rb4+ 54. Ke5 Kf7 55. Kf5 Rb5+ 56. Ke4 Kf6 57. Bd2 Rc5 58. Be1 Rc4+ 59. Kf3 Rc5 60. Bh4+ Kg6 61. Be7 Ra5 62. Kg3 Kf7 63. Bd6 Kg6 64. Kh4 Ra1 65. Bc5 Rd1 66. f5+ Kf6 67. Be3 Rh1+ 68. Kg3 Rb1 69. Bc5 Rb5 70. Bd4+ Kg5 71. Be3+ Kf6 72. Bd4+ Kg5 73. Be3+ Kf6 74. Bd4+ ½-½



The London Chess Classic is the final stage of the Grand Chess Tour held in London from 11th to 7th of December.

  • Fabiano Caruana (Classical #2, 2832; Rapid #10, 2789; Blitz #16, 2767)
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Classical #6, 2778; Rapid #11, 2786; Blitz #2, 2937)
  • Levon Aronian (Classical #11, 2765; Rapid #7, 2802; Blitz #3, 2889)
  • Hikaru Nakamura (Classical #17, 2746; Rapid #2, 2844; Blitz #4, 2858)

After two Classical games on December 11-12, games of rapid and blitz will be played on Dec. 13. The winners then go through to the 3-day Final, held at the traditional Olympia London venue on December 15-16 (Classical) & 17 (Rapid & Blitz). There will also be a Third Place Playoff.

1st prize of $120,000, $80,000 for 2nd, $60,000 for 3rd and $40,000 for 4th

Chess Playing Schedule in UTC:

Round 1 Classic Dec 11, 2018 14:00

Round 2 Classic Dec 12, 2018 14:00

Round 1 Rapid Dec 13, 2018 14:00

Round 2 Rapid Dec 13, 2018 15:30

Round 1 Blitz Dec 13, 2018 17:00

Round 2 Blitz Dec 13, 2018 17:30

Round 3 Blitz Dec 13, 2018 18:00

Round 4 Blitz Dec 13, 2018 18:30

Round 1 Classic Dec 15, 2018 14:00

Round 2 Classic Dec 15, 2018 14:00

Round 1 Rapid Dec 15, 2018 14:00

Round 2 Rapid Dec 16, 2018 15:30

Round 1 Blitz Dec 17, 2018 17:00

Round 2 Blitz Dec 16, 2018 17:30

Round 3 Blitz Dec 17, 2018 18:00

Round 4 Blitz Dec 17, 2018 18:30

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