Action Continues with the London Chess Classic 2016

The Grand Chess Tour of 2016 continues with the London Chess Classic. It can be recalled that so far in the tour, Wesley So with 30 points leads by a big margin, and the only player who could possibly catch up with him is Hikaru Nakamura. As such, they were pitted against each other in the very first round.

London Chess Classic 2016 List of Participants

No.NameCountryRatingWorld Rank
1Fabiano CaruanaUnited States28232
2Vladimir KramnikRussia28093
3Maxime Vachier-LagraveFrance28044
4Wesley SoUnited States27945
5Levon AronianArmenia27857
6Viswanathan AnandIndia27798-9
7Hikaru NakamuraUnited States27798-9
8Anish GiriNetherlands277110
9Veselin TopalovBulgaria276015
10Michael AdamsEngland274819
Updated ratings and rankings as of December 2016 FIDE Ratings list.

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Michael Adams Named Wildcard in London Chess Classic 2016

Michael Adams (Photo: Ray Morris-Hill)

Michael Adams (Photo: Ray Morris-Hill)

London Chess Classic:

The 10th and last player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than England’s number one, Michael Adams. The Cornishman has been the country’s leading player since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world.

Thus, Magnus Carlsen is officially out of the race for the Grand Chess Tour 2016 top prize. That leaves Hikaru Nakamura alone in contention, who still has a lot of catching up to do with the tour leader, Wesley So.

Final list of participants for the London Chess Classic 2016 follows:

Grand Chess Tour 2016 Standings (After Paris, Leuven, and St. Louis)

As we have mentioned before, Wesley So now leads the Grand Chess Tour 2016 race with 30 GCT points:

But let’s find out how did the rest of the players fared so far:

Grand Chess Tour 2016 Ranking After Paris, Leuven, and St. Louis

PlayerParisLeuvenSt LouisTotalPrize Money
Wesley So7.0010.0013.0030.00$120,000
Magnus Carlsen*10.0013.00-23.00$67,500
Levon Aronian6.008.007.7521.75$66,250
Hikaru Nakamura13.004.004.5021.50$62,500
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8.005.004.5017.50$40,000
Fabiano Caruana3.006.007.7516.75$58,750
Viswanathan Anand-7.007.7514.75$51,250
Veselin Topalov 2.001.007.7510.75$51,250
Anish Giri5.002.501.008.50$30,000
Vladimir Kramnik4.002.50-6.50$15,000
Ding Liren*--3.003.00$15,000
Peter Svidler*--2.002.00$15,000
Laurent Fressinet*1.00--1.00$7,500
These are GCT (Grand Chess Tour) points earned by each player from the last three legs and the total GCT points. Prize money is the total prize earned so far from the tour.

* Considered as wildcards for the tour.