THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR ANY TENNIS PLAYER & FAN – 10sBalls


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THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR ANY TENNIS PLAYER & FAN  |

 

Editors Note: This is a GREAT BOOK! 10sBalls staffers all kept swiping it off the Bosses desk. It’s now on the coffee table in the reception area. It’s a beauty of a book. A real effort of love and passion. The layout and colors and charts and graphs appeal to ALL.

 

 

Infographic guide features grand slams, players, fans, tennis trivia and more

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! THE GRAPHIC GUIDE TO TENNIS

By Mark Hodgkinson

 

Who moves fastest around the court? Which tournament awards their champion a silver pear? Are lefties more successful than right-handed players? Which player admits to smashing 70 rackets a year during his career? All these questions, and so many more, are answered in entertaining infographics in the new book YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! by tennis author and journalist Mark Hodgkinson.

 

From detailed portraits of the icons of the sport to astonishing statistics and the champions’ most remarkable records, this colorful and informative hardcover book includes everything you need to know about the tennis world. From infographics breaking down the rules of the game to the greatest matches, this remarkable book is a great gift for both newbies and veteran tennis fans and players.

 

Whether it is Serena Williams’ record-breaking wins, the tallest and shortest players on the tour, or who hit the fastest serve in tennis history (Sam Groth, 163.7mph) You Cannot Be Serious! has it covered. The eccentric side of the sport is here too, including players’ peculiar training methods, Andy Murray’s and Maria Sharapova’s pet dogs, famous tennis romances, and the most outlandish fashion to have graced the courts.

 

Charting the greatest and most iconic moments in tennis, from 17-year-old Boris Becker’s unexpected Wimbledon victory to Roger Federer’s 20th Grand Slam singles title, You Cannot be Serious! is the perfect companion for devoted amateur players and armchair fans alike.

 

Mark Hodgkinson is a tennis author and journalist based in London. His previous books include Game, Set and Match: Secret Weapons of the World’s Top Tennis Players, Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion, Ivan Lendl: The Man Who Made Murray and Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer. He has written for ESPN, British GQ, the ATP World Tour, and the Daily Telegraph.

 

You Cannot Be Serious! The Graphic Guide to Tennis

By Mark Hodgkinson

Published June 14, 2018

Hardcover, 192 pages

$26.99 US, $34.99 CAN

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Memphis football players relieved, proud to graduate – The Commercial Appeal


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Tony Pollard couldn’t put into words how he felt to graduate from Memphis.

Tito Windham had one word. Freedom.

Both covered the range of emotions that 15 Memphis football players probably felt as they were set to receive their diploma during commencement ceremonies Sunday at FedExForum.

“It’s a dream come true,” Windham said Friday. “You have to represent and make family happy.”

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In addition to tight end Pollard and defensive back Windham, fellow starters Emmanuel Cooper (defensive line), Trevon Tate (offensive line), Roger Joseph (offensive line), Drew Kyser (offensive line) and Curtis Akins (linebacker) also were set to graduate.

For some, Sunday’s ceremony meant even more because they’re among the first in their families to get a college degree. Cooper, who earned his degree in health care leadership, is a first-generation college graduate.

Akins, whose degree is in interdisciplinary studies, is the second in his family to get a degree.

Windham’s father, Tito Sr., has both a master’s degree and doctorate, but the younger Windham will be the first on his mother’s side with a degree.

“Out of all the places in the United States of America, I feel like Mississippi is one of the hardest places to come out of,” said Windham, who said last year he wants to run a pharmacy or medical clinic after leaving Memphis. “I feel like we beat the statistics and beat the odds, so to us, that means a lot.”

Graduation kicks off the final week of the Tigers’ season as they leave Tuesday for the Birmingham Bowl to play Wake Forest (6-6) on Saturday (11 a.m. CT, ESPN). Memphis (8-5) will try to win its first bowl game in four years.

Although that remains a priority for the seniors, Sunday was a chance to celebrate something just as important, if not more so, than a second straight AAC West division title.

It’s why Pollard shook his head trying to explain how it would feel to walk the stage. The native Memphian couldn’t count how many friends and family he would have in attendance but eventually noted that he was most proud of graduating while still in his junior season.

“I came here in 2015,” Pollard said Friday, “so for me to (graduate) in three years, it’s just an extremely big accomplishment.”

More: Memphis-Wake Forest: How to watch the Birmingham Bowl, kickoff, times, TV info

More: Memphis football career over for Darrell Henderson, who will skip Birmingham Bowl

More: Memphis coach Mike Norvell addresses coaching changes heading into Birmingham Bowl

 


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Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir issued an apology Saturday for a drawing on a whiteboard in the volleyball team’s locker room after its national championship victory over Nebraska. 

Husker hackles were raised Saturday night when a photograph popped up on social media of a whiteboard in the Stanford volleyball team’s locker room that appeared to mock Nebraska and its fans. 

Shortly after the Cardinal won a five-set national championship match over Nebraska in Minneapolis, NCAA Volleyball posted a celebratory photo from inside the Stanford locker room. The tweet was deleted, but not before several Twitter users took screen shots and shared them. 

The draw depicted the Stanford Tree, the unofficial mascot of the school’s marching band, making crude gestures toward Herbie Husker, the Nebraska mascot. One hand sprouting from the tree flipped the bird while another pointed a gun. 

The incident prompted an apology Saturday from Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir.

“We are aware of a picture taken in our team’s locker room following the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship and posted on social media,” Muir said in a statement. “The image in the background of the picture is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of Stanford University. We have reached out to our colleagues at Nebraska to express our sincerest apologies to the university and its women’s volleyball program. We regret detracting from what was otherwise a great night for the sport of women’s volleyball.”

Twitter reaction from Nebraska fans was mostly hostile, though some said that people were overreacting to the photo. Many commented that the Stanford coach and players should have apologized instead of the athletic director. 

A Nebraska Athletic Department spokesperson said Sunday afternoon that Nebraska had no comment on the issue.

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Men’s Basketball Schedule

2018-19 Men’s Basketball
Nov. 1: NU 75, Wayne State 40 (exh.)
Nov. 6: NU 106, Mississippi Valley State 37
Nov. 11: NU 87, Southeastern Louisiana 35
Nov. 14: NU 80, Seton Hall 57
Hall of Fame Classic (Kansas City)
» Nov. 19: NU 85, Missouri State 62
» Nov. 20: Texas Tech 70, NU 52
Nov. 24: NU 73, Western Illinois 49
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
» Nov. 26: NU 68, Clemson 66
Dec. 2: NU 75, Illinois 60
Dec. 5: Minnesota 85, NU 78
Dec. 8: NU 94, Creighton 75
Dec. 16: Oklahoma State (in Sioux Falls, S.D.), 6 p.m. (BTN)
Dec. 22: Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m. (BTN)
Dec. 29: Southwest Minnesota State, 1 p.m.
Jan. 2: at Maryland, 5:30 p.m. (BTN)
Jan. 6: Iowa, TBA (BTN)
Jan. 10: Penn State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Jan. 14: at Indiana, 5:30 p.m. (FS1)
Jan. 17: Michigan State, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Jan. 21: at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Jan. 26: Ohio State, 11 a.m. (FS1)
Jan. 29: Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 2: at Illinois, 1:15 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 6: Maryland, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 9: at Purdue, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 13: Minnesota, 8 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 16: Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 19: at Penn State, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Feb. 23: Purdue, 3 p.m. (BTN)
Feb. 28: at Michigan, 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
March 5: at Michigan State, 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
March 10: Iowa, 1 p.m. (BTN)
Big Ten Tournament (March 13-17)

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FEATURE: The Driver FIA Formula 2 Will Deeply Miss Next Year – The Checkered Flag


The FIA Formula 2 Championship, formerly known as the GP2 Series, has seen its drivers come and go. Some leave their mark as one of the best drivers in the series by winning a title during their tenure, whilst others jump in and out of the championship. But in its history, there’s only been one driver who started out as a young, unknown rookie before developing into one of the series’ well loved drivers in a space of five years.

Most people associate this driver a racer who makes the most daring of overtakes look simple. He once passed three cars at once in the final moments of the Feature race in Austria this year. His first ever win in the series came thanks to the Virtual Safety Car in Monaco, creating one of the most confusing and unbelievable results in the GP2 series history. He’s somewhat become a driver that started out as a nobody, and turned into a somebody over the years. He proved that the alternative strategy can turn your weekend around and became a master in tyre management with the Pirelli tyres.

At the end of the 2018 FIA Formula 2 season, Artem Markelov announced on his Instagram profile that he would leave the series at the end of the year, citing new aspirations in the Motorsport world. He did just that, as well as his Russian Time team who stuck with the Moscow born driver since his entry in the series back in 2014. Back then he was a different man compare to now.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Artem Markelov - 2014 Bahrain

After finishing second in German F3, Markelov made the jump to GP2 at the age of 19. Credit: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic

Fresh from finishing second in the 2013 German Formula 3 Championship, Markelov joined the GP2 Series with the 2013 team champions’ Russian Time. The then nineteen-year old Russian was partnered up alongside Mitch Evans, the 2012 GP3 series Champion and coming off from his first year in the series with Arden. In a highly contested field with the likes of Stoffel Vandoorne, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Raffaelle Marciello etc., Markelov would have to find his feet quickly at the first race in Bahrain within the twenty-six car field. He qualified last, over two seconds slower than pole sitter Palmer. The Russian ended his first weekend fifteenth and tenth, narrowly missing out on the points in his first attempt. But the season proved to be challenging and could only one points finish throughout the whole season, with a seventh place at Spa-Francorchamps in the Feature Race. He ended the year down in 24th with six points to his name. By comparison, Evans ended the year fourth overall with two wins to his name.

The following year in 2015, Markelov remained at Russian Time for another year alongside Evans and needed to prove to everyone that he was a racer who can compete in the GP2 Series. After a shaky start, the Russian was able to get points on the board more frequently compare to the year before. But his breakthrough was once again in the Feature race at Spa, where he claimed his first ever podium in the series with third place. This result helped Markelov to push for more points finishes at Monza and at the second Bahrain round in the latter stage of the season. He ended the year thirteenth overall, a big improvement to where he was the year before but some work needed to be done in order for him to be more consistent with the Dallara GP2/11 car and chase for more podium appearances.

In 2016, Markelov stayed for another year with Russian Time but had fresh competition in the opposite car with Raffaelle Marciello joining the team in place for Evans. A strong start to the season saw Markelov among-st the top five in the championship after taking two fourth places at the opening round in Barcelona. But a setback happened during Monaco qualifying, put him out of place for the Feature race in fifteenth place. Monaco is notorious for being a track where passing is near impossible and where qualifying and opting for the right strategy call can make a difference to your result. With the Russian down the field, the team chose to start him on the alternative strategy for the race, starting on the softest tyres and plan to pit later in the race. This trait and the outcome of the race became one of many blueprints and skills the Russian gained in his time in the series.

A MIRACLE BREAKTHROUGH WIN

The Feature race started with Sergey Sirotkin on pole but after a bad start, Norman Nato took over the lead at Turn 1. The race was filled with multiple incidents and crashes, including one from Sirotkin in second place who slammed into the barrier at the exit of the swimming pool section. Multiple Virtual Safety Cars were called out to clean debris and stranded cars around the Monte-Carlo circuit. All whilst that was happening, Markelov kept his nose clean and followed the plan as scheduled. But after a fourth VSC caused by Jordan King for colliding with the barrier and damaging his car. On Lap 29, the race changed on its head when Markelov took over the lead of the race when leaders Nato, Alex Lynn, Oliver Rowland and Evans pitted in. A slow wheel change in Nato’s stopped allowed Markelov more time up front as the Russian was yet to pit. But miraculously, the drivers who made their stops were slower compare to Markelov on worn tyres and struggled to close down the gap to the Russian Time driver. With single digit amount of laps left and with Markelov yet to pit, two more VSCs came out and gave the Russian the upper hand. On Lap 39, he finally made his stop for the Supersoft tyres. He narrowly managed to get out ahead of Nato and with the race shortened due to the amount of VSCs, reducing the race from 42 laps to 40, Markelov held on and claimed his first ever win in the series!

Artem Markelov - Monaco - GP2 Win

After three years in the GP2 Series, Markelov finally won a race! Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

His victory became memorable and controversial relating with the amount of time he gained thanks to the late VSCs. Nato was less than impressed when he lost out on victory whilst third place man Rowland was pleased to grab his first podium with third. After the Monaco Sprint race where the Russian ended in eighth place, he was one point away from the championship leader Nato heading into the next round in Azerbaijan. But ultimately, Markelov’s season after Monaco wasn’t as consistent and didn’t make another trip to the rostrum until the Feature race at the final round in Abu Dhabi. Markelov would round off the year in the top ten of the drivers’ championship for the first time, but was short off team-mate Marciello who ended the year in fourth place despite not winning a race.

THE TITLE CHARGE

Change arrived in 2017 when the GP2 Series became the platform we know today: The FIA Formula 2 Championship. For a fourth season in a row, Markelov would be racing at Russian Time again. But would find a new team-mate in Luca Ghiotto, who was fresh from his rookie year at Trident where like Markelov, won a race in 2016. The series would stick to the GP2 car Markelov has been use to since 2014, but this would be the final year of the Dallara car before a new model is introduced. At the first race of the season in Bahrain, the Russian found himself being one of the pace makers, settling himself in the top three at the opening stages of the race. His tyre management in the race helped him in the opening stint whilst Charles Leclerc and Nato were squabbling for the lead, affecting their tyres. The pair pitted in early whilst the Russian Time driver stayed out later, taking up younger tyres behind Nato and Leclerc in the lead. By Lap 29, the pair in front started to struggle on their tyres and Markelov soon made his attack on the drivers ahead. The Russian passed the pairing and took the lead of the race with three laps to go, taking the first win of the new F2 season.

Artem Markelov - F2 - Bahrain

Markelov claimed the first win in the newly re-branded F2 Series. Credit: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

The victory would set the tone for Markelov’s season, flirting with the championship lead throughout the season against Leclerc. The Russian claimed a second place finish at Monaco in the Feature Race, the race he captured victory the previous year. After a bad qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, Markelov was able to recover into the points in eighth place, earning him reverse grid pole position for the sprint race on the Sunday. He clinched the win that race ahead of Alexander Albon.

After the summer break, Markelov was one of the top drivers competing for the championship alongside Leclerc and Rowland. The three would emerge as the drivers battling for the podium spots in the final moments of the Feature race at Spa. Rowland and Markelov chopped and changed positions on the final lap, with Leclerc leading the way. The Monegasque driver took victory but the attention was drawn on Rowland and Markelov, who were fighting for second heading into the final chicane. Rowland attempted to defend his position by forcing Markelov off track, the Russian had momentum and was able to snatch second at the last second. But after the race, the stewards found both Leclerc and Rowland carried excessive wear to the underfloor plank. Their exclusions meant Markelov took the victory, his third of the season.

Despite claiming victory whilst his title rivals had set backs, Markelov failed to finish in the Sprint Race at Belgium, whilst Leclerc and Rowland managed to claw their way back into the field to earn a points finish. Disappointing rounds in Monza saw the gap to leader Leclerc increase and by Jerez, the title was sealed. Leclerc clinched victory and rounding off the F2 championship whilst Markelov ended down in fifth place. The Russian was able to end the weekend victorious in the Sprint Race, and followed that up with a win in the Feature Race in Abu Dhabi. It would also the ground where he clinched his first ever and only pole position in the series during his five year stint. Markelov rounded off the year second in the drivers’ championship, beating Rowland by nineteen points but lost out to Leclerc by 72 points. But Russian Time’s consistency with Markelov and Ghiotto over the year saw the team win the teams’ title, their first title since 2013.

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Markelov finished second in the championship, behind Leclerc but ahead of Rowland. Credit: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

ONE FINAL ADVENTURE

Question marks were raised over what Markelov will do for the 2018 season, whether he would make a move elsewhere or stick with Russian Time for a fifth season. The F2 series was entering a new era with a new Dallara car introduced, meaning all the drivers entering the year would enter new territory. Most questioned throughout his tenure in GP2/F2 why no Formula 1 team was signing him as a reserve, test or simulator driver. But during the winter of 2018, Renault Sport Formula One Team signed him up as their development driver for the season. As well as his role with Renault, Markelov compete in F2 for one more season with Russian Time, partnering this team with rookie Japanese driver Tadasuke Makino.

After a tricky first qualifying session, which saw the Russian driver qualify down in seventeenth place. It got worse for the Russian driver has he stalled his car during the formation lap in the Bahrain Feature Race, forcing him to start the race in the pit lane. Fortunes turned into his favour as he cut his way through the field, transforming a disastrous start into an incredible podium finish. The Russian even had the chance to spoil a Carlin Motorsport one-two, attempting to pass Sergio Sette Câmara on the final lap, but settled for a third place finish. One of his best drives in the series and turning around a bad start into a positive outcome.

The Sprint Race on the following day proved to a better race for the Russian. Starting from sixth place, he was able to climb his way to the front of the pack and compete for the race win. Thanks to his tyre management skills he learned throughout the years on Pirelli tyres and competing against rookie Maximilian Günther, Markelov was able to find himself in the lead of the race in the scorching heats of Bahrain. Some drivers explored the tactic of making a pit stop in the race, Markelov’s tyre saving was enough to come home and take the win ahead of Günther and Sette Câmara.

But after a strong start to the opening weekend of the 2018 F2 season, Markelov began to struggle with the new car and had poor results in Baku and Spain. A miracle win fell into his lap at Monaco, the place where he took his first win in the series in 2016, after Albon and Nyck de Vries crashed out of the lead whilst behind the safety car. A clean race from the Russian and able to stay clear of Sean Gelael and Roberto Merhi, put him in prime position to capture his second Monaco win in the series and his second victory of the year. After a disappointing round at Paul Ricard where he finished outside of the points and ended qualifying poorly at the Red Bull Ring, Markelov was back in the spotlight when he executed a strong drive on the alternative strategy to compete for a points finish. On the final lap of the race and on fresh rubber, Markelov pulled out the overtake of the season, passing Nicholas Latifi, Santino Ferrucci and Ghiotto in one corner! His drive concluded by passing Nirei Fukuzumi at the final corner to claim reverse grid pole for the Sprint Race, where he would go on to win after managing to withhold pressure from championship leader George Russell throughout the race. He repeated the same result from the year before by recovering into a points finish and grabbing pole, which led to a Sprint Race win.

After his victory in Austria, Markelov rounded off the midway stage of the season with mediocre results, grabbing points finishes but never reached a podium finishes and placing himself as an outsider for the championship battle. Markelov had an opportunity to test with Renault after the Hungarian Grand Prix, making his first F1 test appearance and produced a solid performance in the days’ running.Two second places around Monza came, with the feature race being a Russian Time one-two due to Makino’s shocking win after starting from fourteenth place, but the chances of Markelov improving on from second in 2017 looked very slim. An emotional weekend in his home race in Russia followed where he got to take part in Free Practice 1 with Renault in front of his home crowd and had the opportunity to lead a race in F2 proved to his personal highlight for the year. But after the round and the break that led into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Markelov announced on his Instagram that he will be leaving the series for good, ending a five year association with the championship. He rounded off his final weekend at Yas Marina with a final podium appearance with second place in the Feature Race and seventh in his final ever race. He ended the year fifth overall in the championship.

Artem Markelov - F2 - 2018

The Sprint Race in Austria proved to be Markelov’s last win in F2/GP2. Credit: Zak Mauger / FIA Formula 2

WHY FORMULA 2 WILL MISS MARKELOV?

Markelov has spent five years in the GP2/F2 series, practically nurturing from a young driver into one of the entertaining drivers in the series. Every year in the series saw him develop his skills and grow not only as a driver, but as a person too. His fighting spirit during his final years of the series saw him create some of the best overtaking in the series, showcasing the bravery and talent that he has grown to. It’s not often you find a driver who passes three cars in one corner on the final lap. But thanks to his calmness under pressure and the maturity he learned over the years, he was able to execute the pass. The fans fell in love with him as a driver too thanks to his on-track action and for his character as a fun, likable guy. Russian Time adored him for so many years, being their center-piece and supporting his time in the series. As the two depart from the series, a big void is left behind. UNI-Virtusoi Racing takes over the teams’ entry whilst Markelov eyes on new adventures, potentially a year in Super Formula next year in Japan.

Some drivers leave their landmark in the series before they make their eventual step into further championships. Vandoorne rounded off the 2015 GP2 Series as one of the most dominant drivers ever. Leclerc and Russell in their rookie year of the series win the title, straight after winning the GP3 Series from the year before. Markelov may not have been dominant in the series, or have won championships during his tenure. The Russian does hold the record for the most wins in the F2 series since its re-formation in 2017 with eight wins in total. His growth in the series and performances in the latter years of his career in the series will mark him down as one of the outstanding drivers in F2 history and will be missed within in paddock.

Artem Markelov - F2 - Abu Dhabi

After five years, both Russian Time and Artem Markelov say goodbye to the series! Credit: Joe Portlock / FIA Formula 2


Next best thing: A new club-fitting calculus – Golf.com


Golf’s future isn’t just in the hands of Tour newbies like Joaquin Niemann, Sam Burns and Cameron Champ. This season —and for seasons to come — the sport is going to look, feel and play different. Here are our picks for the best and brightest players, personalities and technology to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.

 

NEXT BEST THING: A NEW CLUBFITTING CALCULUS

According to Tim Briand, director of fitting at True Spec, the biggest potential breakthrough in clubfitting will come, believe it or not, from mathematics. “There’s not yet been a predictive clubfitting algorithm that is brand-agnostic and all encompassing,” says Briand. “But a number of companies are trying to crack the code, and we’re very close. When that happens it will truly be game-changing.”

What he’s referring to is a formula that will allow just about anyone to plug in their key performance attributes — clubhead speed, launch angle, shot shape, etc. — and get a very accurate recommendation of which model or models of club are right for them. Plug that algorithm directly into a launch monitor and the world of clubfitting will change for good.

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London Chess Classic LIVE – Chessbase News



12/16/2018 – Live games and commentary from the 10th London Chess Classic, the final leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. All rounds start at 15:00 CET (14:00 UTC) with commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Maurice Ashley, GM Cristian Chirila and GM Alejandro Ramirez.










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Final Game 2

Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Nakamura

This game went the distance today, as the players played all the way to bare kings, but ended drawn. The game was quite level throughout after starting in a Berlin Defence, although White had the better chances in the eventual rook ending. Both players are adept at rapid and blitz so we should be in for a show on Monday.

Aronian ½-½ Caruana

It was a disappointing game that ended in a move repetition after less than an hour and just 21 moves. Aronian got no advantage against Caruana’s Petroff Defence and opted to take his chances in the rapid and blitz in the fight for third place.

Previous reports

The time controls are as follows (NB: delay, not increment is in use!):

  • Classical: 100 min / 40 moves, 60 mins for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second delay from move one
  • Rapid: 25 min. / Game, plus 10 sec. delay
  • Blitz: 5 min. / Game, plus 3 sec. delay

Complete LCC regulations (PDF)

In the classical games, players receive 6 points for a win, 3 points for a draw.

Results

Final standings G1

Live games and commentary

 

GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Maurice Ashley and GM Alejandro Ramirez

British Knockout Championship — Live games

 

Final results

Final results

The schedule (all times in UTC)

  • Tuesday, December 11th, 14:00: Semifinals Game 1
  • Wednesday, December 12, 14:00: Semifinals Game 2
  • Thursday, December 13, 14:00: Semifinals Rapid & Blitz
  • Friday, December 14th: Rest day
  • Saturday, December 15, 14:00: Final Game 1
  • Sunday, December 16, 14:00: Final Game 2
  • Monday, 17th December, 14:00: Final Rapid & Blitz

The first three days are held at the London headquarters of Google DeepMind. The final games will take place at the traditional home of the London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre.

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