Magnus Carlsen is coming, and you’re invited

Press Release 2 | 21 October 2019


Tickets are now available for the biggest-money chess showdown of 2019 – The $350,000 London Chess Classic: Grand Chess Tour Finals – and spectators will be flocking to see World Champion Magnus Carlsen back in action at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on December 2-8.



Magnus is – sensationally – already mathematically qualified for the four-way Knockout after setting a blistering pace in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour. With two qualifying events to go – Superbet in Bucharest (Nov. 6-10) & Tata Steel in Kolkata (Nov. 22-26) – he is way out in front with 54.5 points, well ahead of his nearest rivals Ding Liren (37.8) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (36.8).


Who will join the World No. 1 in London for the thrilling combined contest of Standard Play, Rapid and Blitz is still up for grabs – also in the hunt are Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin (all on 25.5).


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Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer


Get your discount tickets to Hampstead Theatre’s new play

Press Release | 14 November 2019


  • CSC has partnered with Hampstead Theatre ahead of new play opening – Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer.
  • Partnership offers London Chess Classic attendees and chess fans a third off ticket prices in opening weeks.
  • Gripping play explores the 1972 World Chess Championship, played against the backdrop of the Cold War.
  • Discount can be accessed by entering the code LCC2019 at checkout on the Hampstead Theatre website.



Chess in Schools and Communities has partnered with Hampstead Theatre to offer attendees of this year’s London Chess Classic discounted tickets to the exciting chess play coming to NW London.


The play runs at the same time as the London Chess Classic.


Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer depicts the celebrated ‘Match of The Century’.


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Jon Speelman Simultaneous



Grandmaster Jon Speelman, will give a simultaneous display over 20 boards at the London Chess Classic, on Wednesday 4th December at 18:30 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.


This event will be popular so BOOK your place now!

John Nunn Simultaneous



Grandmaster John Nunn will take on 20 players in a simultaneous display at the London Chess Classic, on Saturday 30th November at 11:00am. The simul will take place in the foyer at Olympia.


John is a famed author, problem-solving World Champion and former top-ten player.


All proceeds will go to Chess in Schools & Communities.


This event will be popular so BOOK your place now!


Judit Polgar inspires ‘Chess and Female Empowerment’ conference

Press Release | 14 November 2019


The strongest female chess player of all time, Judit Polgar, will be the inspirational headline speaker at the 7th London Chess and Education Conference (November 30-December 1, at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith).



The conference, a regular feature of the festival of events during the London Chess Classic, will feature a stellar line-up of expert speakers from around the world and focus on the ground-breaking theme ‘Chess and Female Empowerment.’



Conference participants from up to 40 countries, including female and male chess players, educators and organisers, are expected to offer insights on how to improve the gender balance in chess and examine initiatives to make the game more welcoming and accessible to women and girls at all levels.


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LCC Schools’ Events: Olympia Welcomes Champions of Tomorrow

Press Release | 4 November 2019


Over 2,000 schoolchildren will meet the Grandmasters and enjoy inspirational tuition and friendly competition at Olympia London from December 2-6 as the 2019 London Chess Classic hosts schools from around the UK.



Educational charity Chess in Schools and Communities, the organiser of the London Chess Classic, is proud that its Schools’ Events for primary and secondary-age children were fully booked up this year within days.



Schools participating in Chess and Schools and Communities weekly classroom chess lessons will be attending from across London boroughs and the South East, plus towns and cities as far afield as Liverpool, Teesside, Kent, Oxford and Yorkshire.


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Magnus & Friends: A Chance to Play with the World Champion!


Leading business brains partner world’s top Grandmasters in Pro-Biz Cup


Thursday 5th December 2019


Press Release | 29 October 2019


Entrepreneurs and their businesses can team up with one of the world’s leading Grandmasters in the 5th Pro-Biz Cup, a fun rapidplay tournament that is an integral feature of the London Chess Classic, to raise money for the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities.



World Champion Magnus Carlsen and three more players from the World’s Top 12, plus leading British Grandmasters Michael Adams, David Howell, Luke McShane and Gawain Jones, will be partnering up with the entrepreneurs.


The businesspeople will have the chance to work alongside a top-class Grandmaster and gain a unique insight into how their brain works in three rapidplay chess matches.


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Chess for All: Sign up for Festival & Schools Events now!

Press Release 1 | 11 October 2019


Everyone from schoolchildren to chess enthusiasts and Grandmasters are welcome at the 11th edition of the London Chess Classic (November 29-December 8, 2019) as entries open for a wide range of inclusive Festival events. There’s a total of £27,000 at stake in the FIDE Open, Super Blitz, weekend and weekday standard play events, and weekend rapidplays.



The 10-day London Chess Classic takes place at its traditional venue, Olympia Conference Centre, alongside the Grand Chess Tour Finals – where four of the world’s very top players play in a knockout format to decide the fate of $350,000.


A special focus on promoting women’s and girls’ chess will be a key theme this year, with highlights including the brand-new English Open Women and Girls Rapidplay Championship (December 7), and the ‘Chess and Female Empowerment’ Conference (Nov 30-Dec 1).


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London Chess Classic Schools’ Events



Chess in Schools and Communities will again be running a week-long Schools’ Festival as part of the 2019 London Chess Classic.


All events will take place at Olympia London from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th December.


Click here for more information.

Book your place ONLINE now!

The London Chess Classic is organised by Chess in Schools and Communities, a UK charity which promotes the educational and social benefits of chess. Players can register their Tournament entry and/or as a spectator for the Grand Tour Final, below.



Season Pass or Day Ticket





Registration Open


Festival Entry Form 2019




Weekend Tournaments: 4 sections

Weekday Tournaments: 2 sections

Weekend Rapidplay: 4 sections

English Women & Girls Rapidplay Ch'ship

Super Blitz Open


All events FIDE rated.



Held at Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd,

Kensington, London, W14 8UX.


Note: Please see the full T&C's and Tournament Rules




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