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  1. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 05:43
    The groups have been decided:
    http://www.londonchessclassic.com/super16_draw.htm
  2. Standard member hedonist
    peacedog's keeper
    06 Dec '13 11:49
    I'm a bit disappointed that it is not classical time controls this year.

    Given that the new world champ isn't involved, I would like to think that there is a good chance of a British win. Although if i had to put money on it I'd put it on the Kramster.

    Will be interesting to see how my fellow countryman Rowson does. He doesn't play full time these days and this is by far the strongest tourney he has played in. He was well beaten by Adams in a challenge match a few years ago so even qualifying past the first round will be a big achievement.
  3. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    06 Dec '13 12:40
    I really enjoyed this tournament last year. I don't recall they'd staggered the games like that last time.
  4. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 15:59 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by hedonist
    I'm a bit disappointed that it is not classical time controls this year.
    Your not the only one. I was disappointed too.

    Of course I will go for the American sence Magnus is not in it.
  5. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 16:00
    Originally posted by thaughbaer
    I really enjoyed this tournament last year. I don't recall they'd staggered the games like that last time.
    9 players the last two years. 8 matches each. But this is cool. It is like FIFA format.
  6. 06 Dec '13 16:22
    Originally posted by hedonist
    I'm a bit disappointed that it is not classical time controls this year.

    Given that the new world champ isn't involved, I would like to think that there is a good chance of a British win. Although if i had to put money on it I'd put it on the Kramster.

    Will be interesting to see how my fellow countryman Rowson does. He doesn't play full time these da ...[text shortened]... allenge match a few years ago so even qualifying past the first round will be a big achievement.
    Ive never seen Rowson play, is he not like our strongest grandmaster?
  7. Subscriber 64squaresofpain
    The drunk knight
    06 Dec '13 18:17
    It is called the chess 'classic'.... so why have they replaced classical time controls with rapid?

    Could it be that they just wanted to cram more people into the tourney, so cutting the time controls compensated for it?
  8. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    06 Dec '13 19:36
    Last year was an incredible tournament. I can't imagine why they would switch to rapid time controls.
  9. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 20:23
    Originally posted by byedidia
    Last year was an incredible tournament. I can't imagine why they would switch to rapid time controls.
    Is Rapid 15 Minutes time control?
  10. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    06 Dec '13 20:29
    Rapid is a range. The London classic is using 20 minutes a side plus 10 seconds a move for the whole game.

    http://londonchessclassic.com/festival_events.htm
  11. Standard member hedonist
    peacedog's keeper
    06 Dec '13 21:36
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Ive never seen Rowson play, is he not like our strongest grandmaster?
    Yes he is. And some would say only one. 😛
  12. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    07 Dec '13 01:03
    Originally posted by byedidia
    Rapid is a range. The London classic is using 20 minutes a side plus 10 seconds a move for the whole game.

    http://londonchessclassic.com/festival_events.htm
    So a 60 move game will be about an hr.
    30 seconds for average move.
  13. 07 Dec '13 12:40
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    Your not the only one. I was disappointed too.

    Of course I will go for the American sence Magnus is not in it.
    Nakamura should make a strong showing with the rapid time controls.
  14. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    07 Dec '13 15:46
    Originally posted by dryhump
    Nakamura should make a strong showing with the rapid time controls.
    I see he has the highest rating in Rapid. But that men nothing.

    Is there such thing as a blindfolded tournament? That would be awesome!
  15. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    07 Dec '13 18:32 / 1 edit
    I see they are doing a Fide Open Tournament with over 180 players. So at least 90 matches a day for 9 days. By day 7 it could be possible for 2 players to be 6-0-0. and play eachother. I see in passed years they have done this. But it is not as popular as watching the Classic.