Festival Events

Entries to the Weekender and FIDE Open are now closed. The Weekday event and Super Rapidplay are still open.

Grandmaster Simultaneous Displays at the London Chess Classic


Grandmaster Jon Speelman, will give a simultaneous display over 20 boards at the London Chess Classic, on Thursday 15th December at 6:00pm in the foyer.


Jon is a famed chessboard maverick - as well as a former World Number 4 and World Championship semi-finalist.


All proceeds will go to Chess in Schools and Communities.


You can book your place online here.


Note: John Nunn's simul on 13th Dec is now SOLD OUT.



Photo: John Saunders

Magnus - film documentary

1 December 2016

Last night Magnus Carlsen retained his World Championship crown after overcoming Sergey Karjakin in an intense rapid playoff.



During the London Chess Classic, there will be a special showing of Magnus, a documentary following the emergence of the greatest chess champion of modern times.


The film will be shown at the Bertha DocHouse on Sunday 11th December at 8.30pm and there is a concessionary rate available for advanced group bookings for those who book through  by Friday 9th December.


For further details see the London Chess Conference website.

8th London Chess Classic

The main event starts on Friday 9 December. As usual there will be LIVE coverage with expert analysis and commentary direct from the Olympia Conference Centre. We hope you can join us for what promises to be another great event in London.




British Knockout Championship Draw


The draw was conducted by David Sedgwick and ECF CEO Mike Truran on 18 November. The event starts on 8 December.


Players received invitations or qualified for the Championship and have accepted their invitations. They are listed in order of their FIDE Ratings at 1st November 2016.


Nigel Short ENG GM 2679
Gawain Jones ENG GM 2663
David Howell ENG GM 2655
Luke McShane ENG GM 2655
Jonathan Hawkins ENG GM 2590
Nicholas Pert ENG GM 2566
Jonathan Rowson SCO GM 2565
Daniel Fernandez ENG IM 2450


Read more here


London Chess Conference

This year's London Chess Conference will take place at the Hilton Olympia Hotel from 10th - 12th December.


The subject will be "The Didactics of Chess", covering different ways of teaching chess, particularly in a classroom setting. The Conference is now firmly established as the world's foremost gathering of chess education experts.


More details about the programme of events, and details of how to register, are available on the London Chess Conference website.

Grandmaster Simultaneous Displays at the London Chess Classic


Grandmaster John Nunn will take on 20 players in a simultaneous display at the London Chess Classic, on Tuesday 13th December at 6:00pm. John is a famed author, problem-solving World Champion and former top-ten player.


All proceeds will go to Chess in Schools & Communities.


John's simul sold out last year, and is sure to be very popular again.





Photo: Andjelko Vasiljević

2017 Grand Chess Tour Schedule - Press Release

October 2016


The Grand Chess Tour is pleased to announce that the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Chess Promotions Ltd, Colliers International France, Vivendi S.A. and Your Next Move™ have agreed to extend their partnership.



The GCT is also negotiating with other parties who have expressed an interest in joining the Tour in 2017. If the Tour is to be expanded, further details will be made available at the end of the 2016 London Chess Classic.


Full press release.

Pro-Biz Cup: The Opportunity of a Lifetime - Press Release

14 October 2016


The fourth edition of the Pro-Biz Cup will once again give you the opportunity to team up with one of your chess heroes.



On Thursday 8 December, less than two months from now, the Pro-Biz Cup will take place at the prestigious locale of the Royal Automobile Club in London, from 10am to 3.30pm.


The Royal Automobile Club has a long association with the world of chess. The Chess Circle formed in 1911 has welcomed many of the world's strongest chess players to the Club - Capablanca, Reti and many others have played exhibition matches there and the Club continues to host the world's longest running chess tournament - the annual Varsity Chess Match between Oxford and Cambridge.


Full Pro-Biz press release | Register your bid HERE!


London Chess Classic Schools’ Events


This year sees the 8th CSC London Chess Classic at Olympia and once again Chess in Schools and Communities will be running events for schools as part of the festival.


From Monday 12th to Friday 16th December we will be putting on an entire week of free chess activities for up to 400 children a day.


Click for further information

Draw Published and Tickets now available - Press Release 3

26 September 2016

The pairings for this year’s London Chess Classic, which is fast approaching, have been published.



The pairings for this year’s London Chess Classic, which is fast approaching, have been published. Unlike last year, there was no need for a draw: In order to ensure an even distribution of colours over the whole Grand Chess Tour 2016, the pairings are the reverse of the Sinquefield Cup, meaning LCC wildcard Michael Adams gets St Louis wildcard Ding Liren’s pairings in reverse.



We already have a major clash to look forward to in round 1 when Hikaru Nakamura takes on Sinquefield Cup winner Wesley So with the white pieces. Nakamura is the only player who can still catch So in the overall GCT standings, which promise the winner a hefty $100,000 bonus with $50,000 for the runner-up.


Full Press Release | 26 Sept


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