DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis inspires London schoolchildren - Press Release 5

23 Nov 2017



John Saunders reports: Demis Hassabis, co-founder of the leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, now part of Google’s Alpha Group, paid a visit to UCL Academy, a secondary school in Camden, London, on 8 November to talk to the academy students about Artificial Intelligence and give a simul with a difference in which the opponents could consult a computer engine during play.



Though now more famous for his pioneering work in the field of neuroscience-inspired AI, Demis Hassabis is also a chess player of some renown, having reached a rating of 2300 aged just 13 on FIDE’s January 1990 list at a time when the only player of his age group rated higher than him was Judit Polgar.


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Tania Sachdev: the female Grandmaster making moves in the 'man's game' of chess

Alex Preston | 19 November 2017


There’s a YouTube video of Tania Sachdev aged seven, from a programme called The World This Week on India’s NDTV.



She’s at the well-apportioned family home in Delhi, recently returned from winning her first international chess tournament in London.



She’s a bouncy, energetic little girl, shown combing the hair of a Barbie that’s seen better days, then prancing joyfully along to a Bollywood soundtrack, her arms a dizzy whirl.


You see it even then, though, the change that comes over her as soon as she sits in front of a chessboard. She grows suddenly still, focused, her large eyes solemn and unblinking.


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Photo ~ Kate Peters

British Knock-Out Chess Championship - Press Release 4

21 Nov 2017



John Saunders reports: The 3rd British Knock-Out Championship takes place alongside the London Chess Classic from 1-9 December 2017, featuring most of the leading grandmasters from the UK plus the winner of the 4NCL Open held over the weekend of 3-5 November in Coventry.


The Quarter-Final pairings are:

1 Nigel Short (2687) v Alan Merry (2422)
2 Gawain Jones (2659) v Luke McShane (2649)
3 Matthew Sadler (2687) v Jonathan Rowson (2563)
4 David Howell (2685) v Jonathan Hawkins (2573)


Players were seeded based on their rating as at 1 November 2017, with Nigel Short placed ahead of Matthew Sadler based on his greater number of games played.


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LCC Draw Published

8 Nov 2017


The pairings and schedule for this year’s London Chess Classic, which is fast approaching, are now published.

2017 London Chess Classic: The Players - Press Release 3

27 October 2017


John Saunders reports: The ninth London Chess Classic, which kicks off at the DeepMind Google HQ on 1 December 2017 and continues at the Olympia Conference Centre from 3 to 11 December 2017, is the concluding leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and features a prize fund of $300,000. Heading a stellar field is the world champion Magnus Carlsen.


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Jon Speelman Simultaneous


Grandmaster Jon Speelman will give a simultaneous display over 20 boards at the London Chess Classic on Monday 4th December at 6:00pm in the foyer. Jon is a famed chessboard maverick, and a former World Number 4 and World Championship semi-finalist.


All proceeds will go to Chess in Schools and Communities.


This event will be very popular and likely to sell out very quickly.


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London's Best Business Minds To Compete For Prestigious Chess Title - Press Release 2

17 Oct 2017



London’s business elite to compete alongside world’s best chess players in the London Chess Classic Pro-Biz Cup 2017 charity fund raiser.


Demis Hassabis, Co-Founder of leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, is the first amateur player confirmed.


Hassabis will partner with UK’s number one player, grandmaster Michael Adams, while World Champion Magnus Carlsen will also compete.


Former World Champion Garry Kasparov set to return to London and play.


The London Chess Classic marks the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, a circuit of prestigious international events inspired by Kasparov.


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John Nunn Simultaneous


Grandmaster John Nunn will take on 20 players in a simultaneous display at the London Chess Classic on Wednesday 6th December at 6:00pm in the foyer. 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 very popular and likely to sell out very quickly.


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DeepMind backs Chess in Schools and Communities - Press Release 1

28 Sept 2017


Leading AI company to host Round One of London Chess Classic at Google.



LONDON: Chess in Schools and Communities today announced the release of tickets for its annual flagship event, the London Chess Classic. Round One of this year’s event will be hosted by leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, at Google’s headquarters in London.


The London Chess Classic, now in its ninth year, is the UK’s largest chess event and sees the world’s grandmasters converge on London in the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour.


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Ticket Office Now Open!

Daily, season tickets and tournament entry now available online - book early to avoid disappointment!





Season Pass or Day Ticket






Registration Open



London Chess Classic Schools’ Events


Once again Chess in Schools and Communities will be running a week-long Schools’ Festival as part of the 2017 London Chess Classic at Olympia.


From Monday 4th to Friday 8th December we will have room for up to 400 children a day.


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Festival Entry Form



FIDE Open - guaranteed £22,500 prize fund

Weekday Tournaments - 2 sections

Rapid Tournaments - 4 sections

Super Blitz Open - over £10,000 prize fund


All events FIDE rated


Held at Olympia Conference Centre,

Hammersmith Rd, Kensington, London, W14 8UX.


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







Plaudits & Letters 2016

Please see our plaudits and letters page we compiled after another fabulous London Chess Classic festival in 2016.

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