Continuing the growth shown over the last two years, the
GCT now adds a fifth event to the Tour.
This new tournament, sponsored by the Chess Club and
Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, will be held in Saint Louis, MO from
August 13 to 20, 2017. It will follow the Sinquefield Cup, which will be
held in the same venue from July 31 to August 12, 2017. The addition of
a fifth event brings the total prize pool for the 2017 GCT season to 1.2
million dollars, the highest in the tour’s history.
The grand finale of the Grand Chess Tour, the London Chess Classic,
could hardly have gotten off to a more exciting start as three of the
five games ended with a decisive result.
Just nine days ago Magnus Carlsen retained his title after dominating Sergey
Karjakin during a playoff which was held on his birthday. Today, on the day he
turned 29, Hikaru Nakamura suffered a diametrically opposed fate as he blundered
right out of the opening with 13.Ne2?
His second Kris Littlejohn later confirmed Hikaru had mixed up his preparation,
which is strangely reminiscent of his first round encounter against the same
opponent at the Sinquefield Cup. Grand Chess Tour leader Wesley So happily
accepted the present.
Day Zero: Pro-Biz, Simuls,
Masterclasses & British KO
Before serious matters commence at Olympia Conference Centre tomorrow,
nine of the ten participants of the Grand Chess Tour took a day trip to
the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, near St James’s
While Kramnik, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Giri and So partnered up with
amateur players to compete in the Pro-Biz Cup, Caruana, Aronian and Adams gave
masterclasses and played simultaneous displays against invited children and RAC
The format of the 4th Pro-Biz Cup was slightly different from the three previous
editions, as the teams contested a 3-round swiss event. The day started with a
bang, as defending champions Hikaru Nakamura and Rajko Vujatovic fell to the
Pro-Biz Cup 2016
Anand and Terry
Cup took place on Thursday
at the RAC
As part of
the London Chess Classic,
the Pro-Biz Cup brings
leading business minds and
the world’s leading
Grandmasters together in a
fun knock-out tournament to
raise money for the UK
charity, Chess in Schools
and Communities (CSC).
Last night Magnus Carlsen retained his World
Championship crown after overcoming Sergey Karjakin in an intense rapid
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
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.
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
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.
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The 2016 London Chess Classic
will again be a 10-day chess extravaganza running
alongside the final leg of the Grand
Familiar events will be a
FIDE Open with norm
opportunities, as well as weekend
and weekday tournaments. The
festival will culminate in a
Super Rapidplay Open (with a guaranteed prize fund of £19,000!) on 17-18
December. Download your own 2016 entry form below.
- guaranteed £23,125
- 4 sections
- 2 sections
Super Rapidplay Open
- over £19,000 prize fund
All events held at Olympia Conference Centre,
Adams gets wildcard for the London Chess Classic
- Press Release 2
23 August 2016
The 10th player to join the line-up
of the 8th London Chess Classic is none
other than England’s number one, Mickey
The Cornishman has been the country’s
leading player since 1999 and was once
ranked number 4 in the world.
consistently recorded outstanding
performances and been a member of the world
elite for the better part of 20 years.
recently as two weeks ago, Mickey was
crowned British Champion in Bournemouth,
outclassing the opposition and posting an
impressive score of 10/11 that equalled the
record set by Julian Hodgson in 1992.
I am delighted to announce that the 2016
London Chess Classic will take place in December.
will be the 8th edition of the World's most prestigious Chess Tournament
and will climax the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. The familiar format of an
elite 10 player all play all, chess festival, conference and free school
events will again take place. The main event will run from December
9th-18th. The players will be announced in early March.