Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Press Conference - John Saunders reports

The opening press conference of the 3rd London Chess Classic took place at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London at 2pm on Friday 2 December 2011.


As tournament organiser Malcolm Pein pointed out in his opening address, this is something very special for British chess: it’s quite simply the strongest chess tournament ever held in these islands. That is quite an achievement for a country which held a stellar chess tournament as early as 1851, to celebrate the Great Exhibition of that year.


l to r: David Howell, Luke McShane, Mickey Adams, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Malcolm Pein Tournament Director, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, and Nigel Short.

More photos here


This year’s tournament is held under the auspices of the Chess in Schools and Communities, a charity set up to promote the teaching of schools in UK schools. As such, the tournament is not just about the elite grandmasters, it caters for players of all ages and abilities, with a general congress for competition players, numerous fun events in the foyer for those trying chess for the first time, plus organised tuition for the children.


Full press release

London Classic vs. The World @londonclassic

1st December 2011


The highest level game of chess ever played on Twitter will launch the 3rd London Chess Classic at Olympia.


The game will begin at 14.45 UK time 09.45 EST on Friday 2 December at the conclusion of the opening press conference which is being streamed LIVE.


Press Conference LIVE at 14.45 UK | 9.45 EST


UK-based journalists are welcome to attend tomorrow (Friday 2 December) at 13.45 at the Olympia Conference Centre W14 8UX.


Questions may be put to the players in advance to . Webmasters note, we will also accept questions from your readers.


All Twitter users will be challenged to a game against the nine grandmasters competing in the strongest tournament ever staged in the UK. The London Chess Classic line-up includes the world’s top four players; world champion Vishy Anand, world number one Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian ranked three, and former world champion Vladimir Kramnik. Prolific chess 'tweeter' Hikaru Nakamura will be making some moves, as will the four English GMs in the field; Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell.


The game can be followed on @londonclassic and moves should be sent with #lccvworld.


The live board will be viewable at www.londonchessclassic.com/live.lccvworld.htm or http://tinyurl.com/dyqjlww.

Classic Pairings published


The pairing schedule is now published. Nigel Short will sit out the first round and be the first player to assist the commentary team.


Round 1 pairings: Vladimir Kramnik v Hikaru Nakamura; Levon Aronian v Luke McShane; Magnus Carlsen v David Howell; Michael Adams v Vishy Anand; Nigel Short v Boris Becker, who is coming to the Classic on 3rd December!


Click here to see all Classic pairings and schedule.

Festival late entries

Online entries for the FIDE Open, Weekenders, Rapidplay and English Junior Rapid are now closed but you can still enter on the day. Spaces are still available in all tournaments. See entries @ 30th Nov.


Please email  if you wish to enter on the day. This will secure your place.


Entrants for the English Junior Rapid on 10th December should email 

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Signing for the deaf

Press release | The English Chess Federation

The London Chess Classic will this year feature signing for the deaf in the analysis room thanks to a combined effort by tournament organiser Malcolm Pein and the English Chess Federation.


Signing for the deaf will be carried out by Darren Townsend-Handscomb, one of the country’s most experienced signing interpreters.


Says ECF Home Chess Director and Chess Classic co-organiser, Adam Raoof: “When we spoke about bringing signing for the deaf to The Classic, the tournament organiser, IM Malcolm Pein, immediately offered to cover half the costs. The other half is being met by the ECF under its remit to increase accessibility in chess.”


Signing will be available in the analysis room on Sunday 11th December, anticipated to be the busiest day of the tournament.


For more information contact: Adam Raoof, English Chess Federation Director of Home Chess | Mobile: 07855 036 537

News release

Tuesday 8th November 2011


The ‘2800 Club’ Converge on London!


The 2011 London Chess Classic is now just a month away - and it’s just got a little bit stronger. The latest ratings published by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, are the ones which will apply to the event.



At the top of the list, for the first time in the history of chess competition, there are four players rated 2800 or more. And it just so happens that these four gentlemen are playing in London next month! Have a look at the table here ...


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News release

Monday 12th September


The timetable for the third London Chess Classic has been announced. The strongest tournament in the history of British chess will be complemented by a chess festival with tournaments for all levels and of course free chess coaching for schools.


The tournament runs from 3-12 December 2011 and falls on two weekends so we expect even more spectators as well as more players in the FIDE Open as amateur players will only have to take one full week off work. It also means there will be two sets of weekend tournaments and blitz tournaments every evening.


Viktor Korchnoi has agreed to come back again as guest of honour and will give two simultaneous displays. We will have at least one Women’s all-play-all.


There will be training courses for chess teachers and for those who would like to become chess teachers, both organised by the charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). Since the last London Chess Classic, CSC has expanded and works in 70 schools in 13 towns and cities in England and Wales. See www.chessinschools.co.uk.


Read this press release in full | Download

Classic 2011 Schedule

27.11.11 - The updated schedule for this year's Classic has been published here

Special Events

24.11.11 - A series of special events will be taking place during the Classic including a book signing by Garry Kasparov, a Chessbase workshop, a special screening of 'Bobby Fischer Against the World' and more. Click here for full details.

Box Office / Tickets

** Classic tickets still available! **


We are proud to support Chess in Schools and Communities with all proceeds from ticket sales donated to this charity.


In 2010, 500 children came to the London Classic for free chess lessons from GMs, IMs and top chess coaches. This year we will be doubling the number of invitations to schools and free lessons will be available on five days.


See details about this exciting opportunity and photos from 2010 here.

Classic 2011 Entry Form


19.08.11 - We are pleased to say that the entry form is now available. The main festival events taking place are:

•  FIDE Rated Open: Sat 3rd - Sun 11th December.

•  2 x Weekend Tournaments, Weekend Classic A: Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th December

    and Weekend Classic B: Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th December.

•  2 x Rapidplays: Rapidplay A: Sun 4th December, Rapidplay B: Sun 11th December.

•  Classic Blitz: Every evening from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th December.

Click for further details including options on how to enter.



All events are held at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London W14 8UX.


Schools are welcome to visit the London Chess Classic for free chess coaching. See times and dates available. Interested? Let us know by clicking .


To see the full schedule for this year's Classic, including details for schools, click here

New festival event

A new festival event, the London Classic Amateur Challenge (1 section: U160 or equivalent) is taking entries straightaway. It will take place between Monday 5th - Friday 9th December. Note: To enter please contact Tournament Director Adam Raoof directly on 07855 036 537 or by email @  | Further details and schedule.

London Classic 2011 announcement


04.07.11 - Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce that the 3rd London Chess Classic will be staged at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington from Saturday 3rd December to Monday 12th December. The 3rd edition of what has already become one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments will be bigger and better than its predecessors, with more children’s events and an even stronger field, the composition of which will be announced shortly.


There will be two extra rounds, as the addition of one more top flight player to this year’s main event will make it a nine player all play all. One player will sit out each day and keep the spectators at Olympia and online, doubly entertained by joining the commentary team. The field is complete and is absolutely stellar with the world champion Vishy Anand aiming to unseat Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the first two London Chess Classic tournaments.



A glance at the Live Rating List shows that the Classic will have four of the world’s top six as we are honoured to welcome for the first time, Levon Aronian from Armenia ranked fourth in the world.



When players are invited to the Classic they always want to return and former world champion Vladimir Kramnik had no hesitation in accepting his invitation. He commented: “I am very glad and honoured to be invited again to London Chess Classic 2011. It is a great tournament in a great city where I have some very pleasant memories.


I can sincerely say that it has quickly become my favourite tournament and I will try my best to win it one day.” Kramnik is ranked fifth in the world and will be looking to avenge his defeat last year by US number one Hikaru Nakamura who has shot up the rankings since London 2010 and is now ranked number six.


The English players will again be led by the UK number one Michael Adams and former world title challenger Nigel Short. David Howell, who surprised everyone including perhaps himself with his stunning debut in 2009 when he came third, will be aiming to repeat this success.


Chess in Schools and Communities is a registered charity which promotes the playing and teaching of chess in state schools in England and Wales.



Download this press release in full | Click for 2011 Schedules


  • The 3rd London Chess Classic will be the strongest chess tournament ever held in the UK. The tournament website is www.londonchessclassic.com

  • The CSC website is www.chessinschools.co.uk.
  • Tickets will go on sale for the London Chess Classic in September. The event is free for children.
  • For images and pictures please contact: Press enquiries to: Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive,   

London Chess Classic 2011 dates confirmed



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The dates for the London Chess Classic 2011 have been confirmed and the tournament will be held from December 3-12 at the Olympia Conference centre in Kensington. The tournament will change format slightly with the addition of one more player, making the UK’s most prestigious tournament even stronger.


Each day, one player will have a day off and will assist the LCC commentary team both at Olympia and in the internet broadcast, making the Classic even more exciting to watch.


There will also be five days of junior coaching, a Grandmaster Open, and weekend tournaments for players of all levels. An innovation this year will be a chess festival with lectures, teaching and film screenings. The prize fund has been increased again and will be in excess of €150,000. The lineup will be announced in May.


Malcolm Pein (IM), Tournament Director.

Chess in Schools and Communities


Do you love playing chess and want to help others improve their game? Or do you know little about the game but want to find a new career or further your PSD? Then learn how to teach chess!


There will be a great opportunity to take part in an introductory course for chess trainers in Manchester this September and at Olympia on 5th December, during the Classic! The courses are run by Chess in Schools and Communities, a registered charity that work in seventy schools around the UK and were recently featured on BBC Breakfast. Read more about this exciting opportunity.





London Classic 2010 



Classic Souvenirs


The London Chess Classic 2010 was a resounding success on all fronts.


The London Chess Centre is the only place to get official Classic 2010 merchandise so get your part of chess history now, while stocks last!


Their mail order service is second to none and they ship worldwide. Click to see all the Classic souvenirs on sale.





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