took place on Wednesday 4th December at Ravenscroft Primary
School in Newham. Pupils at the school conducted the draw
with Malcolm Pein and deputy arbiter David
Super 16 Rapid Seedings
The seedings for the London Chess Classic ‘Super Sixteen’ are
The players will be divided into four groups consisting of one
from each pool (below) in a draw to be performed by the chess team of
Ravenscroft Primary School in Newham, London, who were the first school to take
part in the Chess in Schools and Communities scheme in 2010.
The school has excelled in local competition and will receive an
award for outstanding achievement from the British Chess Educational Trust at
the London Chess Classic next week.
Seedings are based on FIDE rapid play ratings. If a player has
no rapid play rating, the standard rating is used:
Pool 1: Hikaru Nakamura, 2812;
Vishy Anand, 2794; Peter Svidler, 2789; Fabiano Caruana, 2783.
Pool 2: Vladimir Kramnik, 2777;
Michael Adams, 2746; Boris Gelfand, 2718; Nigel Short, 2711.
Pool 3: Luke McShane, 2684; Judit
Polgar, 2669; David Howell, 2649; Matthew Sadler, 2646.
Pool 4: Gawain Jones, 2615;
Jonathan Rowson, 2569. Plus two qualifiers from the FIDE Open.
Box Office - Tickets for the Super 16 Rapid Dec 11-15
'The Super Sixteen' Grandmaster Rapidplay featuring the World's Elite
and the Best of British
The London Chess Classic showcases the hard
work done by Chess in Schools and Communities, of how chess
can be used as a very effective and invaluable educational
tool in the classroom to help children with their school
work. There has been a lot of global research done on chess
in the classroom; and many academics agree that school chess
And today, we are pleased to announce that during the Classic,
we will also be hosting the Chess and Education London Conference on the weekend
of 7th and 8th December 2013 at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington.
Craigfelen Primary with Debbie Evans of CSC
IT’S checkmate for one group of talented youngsters as they
prepare to make a move to a major chess festival.
Pupils from Craigfelen Primary School have been chosen to take
part in the London Chess Classic 2013, which will see young players from around
Wales and England rubbing shoulders with Grand Masters and world champions.
Former Welsh chess international Deborah Evans visits the
Clydach primary once a week as part of a drive by the charity Chess in Schools
and Communities to spread the love - and benefits - of the game to the next
The three-time British Champion, GM Jonathan
Rowson, steps up to play in the biggest tournament of his
career after being given the wild card spot into ‘The Super
Sixteen’ Grandmaster Rapid at the London Chess Classic, that
runs 7-15 December at the Kensington Olympia. Two spots
remain to be filled for the Super Sixteen, and two players
will win their way there from the FIDE Open at the Classic.
It was hoped that the new World Champion, Magnus Carlsen would
play in the London Chess Classic, which was the primary reason the wild card
spot was devised this year for the tournament. However, due to a heavy workload,
and the need for rest after his recent title match in Chennai with Vishy Anand,
Carlsen, regretfully, had to decline the spot.
There's now just 50 days to the start of the London Chess Classic, and
recently, three of the top players in the 'Super Sixteen' have shown
that they are on form and could well be a force to reckon with, come the
final day of play on 15th December 2013.
The young Italian star Fabiano Caruana, 20, won the 7th
Kings Tournament in Bucharest, Romania this week. The performance puts
Caruana within striking distance of becoming only the seventh player -
the others being: Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov, Carlsen and Aronian
- to break the 2800 rating barrier. On the unofficial live rating list,
Caruana, at 2792, is now No 4 in the world after jumping ahead of his
rival Hikaru Nakamura, the US No 1.
And we also give a tip of the hat to Peter "Mr
Seven-Time" Svidler, who, this week in Nizhny Novgorod, once again won
the Russian Championship Superfinal after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in
a playoff for the title. Svidler now goes one better than Mikhail
Botvinnik and Mikhail Tal, who each won six Soviet Championship titles.
Following his success, there was typical Svidler tweet
"Thanks for the
kind word everyone, feels all warm and fuzzy inside - and not only
because I'm somewhat inebriated."
And following his summer success in winning the Dortmund
super-tournament, Mickey Adams, the UK and English No 1, continues his
good form with yet another superb performance in coming second behind
Levon Aronian in a two-horse race at the recent Bilbao Masters Final in
Spain. On the live ratings, the popular Cornishman now makes his return
to the World's Top 10 for the first time in over a decade.
Entry for Festival Events!
Chess in Schools and
Communities is delighted to announce that entries are still open for the UK's
largest chess festival.
The 5th London Chess Classic will run Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th
December 2013. The marquee event is the ‘Super Sixteen’ Rapidplay
featuring the World’s Elite and the Best of British.
The festival also has events for all abilities and ages, with over
£18,000 in prize money. In addition, there are blitz tournaments and
Grandmaster simultaneous displays with former British Champions Julian
Hodgson, John Nunn and Jon Speelman.
19.9.13 - Chess in Schools and
Communities is delighted to announce today a novel way for any chess
player, of any rating, to have their dream come true and compete
alongside the World’s Elite and the Best of British at the 5th London
Chess Classic, running from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th
This year the LCC FIDE Open will qualify the two highest-scoring players
after four rounds into the ‘Super Sixteen’ Rapidplay that features an
all-star cast ...