London Chess Classic FIDE Open: Rounds 8-9 [Conclusion!]

A final update on the London Chess Classic. I was in London playing the 9-round FIDE Open:

Round 1 vs. Daniel Fischer (2024): [Draw[
Round 2 vs. Hugh Ditmas (2018): [Win]
Round 3 vs. Fernando Semprun Martinez (2192): [Win]
Round 4 vs. GM Hrant Melkumyan (2633): [Draw]
Round 5 vs. FM David Mirzoyan (2299): [Draw]
Round 6 vs. George O’toole (2262): [Win]
Round 7 vs. GM Sebastien Maze (2608): [Loss]
Round 8 vs. FM Michal Paterek (2311):
Round 9 vs. GM Jules Moussard (2571):

Tactic from Round 9 (difficult):

Final score: 5.5/7

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30 Comments

  1. Liking the outside videos. Hopefully the weather didn't put you off London too much!

  2. You divide your "problems" in: 1 time management, 2 calculation in complicated positions.
    Question: since the second one seems more straightforward to address with specific tactical training, to what extent do you think problem 2 actually causes problem 1 in your game over the board? In my personal patzer's experience the correlation is pretty high, for example.

    Thanks for your videos!

  3. The way I see it tactics based on undermining Nc5 don't work because Nd7 covers b6.

    Instead, how about g4-g5 and making a mess of Black's Kingside?
    Something like
    g4 Bg6
    g5 hg
    Nxg6 fg
    Qxg5 attacking g6 and e5.

  4. Congrats on a terrific tournament John. And thanks for bringing us along on your journey. I think the results show you can compete at the GM level. Hope you keep after the norms…

  5. hey John, congrats on the event. Sounds like you played some nice games.
    You discussed how you felt your handling of messy and sharp positions was sub-par by your standards. What is your plan to improve this aspect of your game? Lots of tactics? Or maybe furthering your strategic play? This is something I am not so strong at as well. Hope to hear from you!

  6. Thanks for everything John! Love following your videos and games! Keep it up, and happy holidays to you and yours!

  7. Merry Christmas John! Had fun following your tournament. Back in the Minnesota sun! Can you skate on that lake later on in the winter?

  8. Digging the outdoors video. Nice to see you back in the states John ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Is this tournament separated in different categories? As the Super GMs only play with each other.

  10. Damn, with all that snow in the background and me not having been outside for far too long, I thought you were going to say, "Hey guys from Richmond Park!"

  11. outstanding sir congratulations on your great success gm norm is not that easy in these days but you are great

  12. I can repairs your computer very rssily

  13. Please check your description. Your score is 5.5/9. It was a pretty decent tournament. You will soon make it to GM norm. And best of luck.

  14. Too bad about the 2400 performance rating. Would've been cool with one over 2600. Better luck on that GM norm next time. I'll be cheering for you!

  15. Nice going, John. I enjoyed your updates from London.

  16. Congrats John, it was a decent result, Im sure if u play a bit more actively and chase the GM title you will get it very soon, wish u a merry christmas and happy new yr!

  17. Such a professional attitude, John! Keep it up!

  18. if you had won the last game would you have gotten a GM norm??

  19. I think you need to find easier tourney for your achieving gm norms. don't go to the main tourney where the strongest players might gather. Just advice from a fans

  20. well done John, we're all proud of you.

    amazing background.

  21. People from Europe always say that american people don't know much about geographie like where is Hungaria or Belgium – but i have to admit – i had to take my US-Map to look for Minnesota – now i know why it's so cold! You made good videos – thanks from Germany! (It's in northern Europe ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Round 9, Yes, that was a very nice idea by white. Did you consider this idea? My first thought was to push pawn to attack the Bishop.. Then a quick thought to attack the Knight but I didn't think about pushing afterwards..

  23. I really hope you find time to play in long tournaments, get the experience and practice for the next gm norm tourney.

  24. Congrats on your results John! Any chance you will do a video analysis of some of them at some point?

  25. If you lived in Europe you would have become a GM a long time ago, there are so many weak opens with norms available. In North America you are really restricted because the half dozen events you can get norms in are full of top juniors and its really dog eat dog!

  26. Followed your tournament religiously and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Too bad you couldn't make that GM norm. No worries, some other time. Love the beard and the background. Best of Luck for the future, John.

  27. keep at it, John! Hope to see you try your luck at 2-3 tournaments in a row at one point because it's hard to build momentum with sporadic norm events. Tough with a busy schedule ๐Ÿ™

  28. An idea.

    Go through your games with Stockfish.

    At a point where you start to lose the plot, play from there against Stockfish. Maybe several times, you should improve your understanding of the position.

  29. Hey John your lips are looking a little chapped. Have you been drinking enough water lately?

  30. Lol I thought that was really nice weather for London, but than I read the comments…

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