Finish the year in style!

The London Chess Classic returns to Olympia from Friday 9th - Sunday 18th December. Eight of the world's top ten players, including two former world champions, will be taking part as this year's Grand Chess Tour reaches its climax.

 

Daily and season tickets are now available online - book early to avoid disappointment!

 

There will also be the usual chess festival for players of all ages and abilities, with an over £45,000 prize fund. Events include a nine-round FIDE Open and the Super Rapidplay Open. Women and under-25s enter free of charge (UK residents only).

 

Full details and online entry now available - enter before Monday 17th October for the best discounts.

 

 

The London Chess Classic team.

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Michael Adams gets wildcard for the London Chess Classic 2016

 

 

   
 

 

Malcolm Pein announcing the wildcard at the

closing ceremony of the Sinquefield Cup

(Photo: Spectrum Studios)

   

The 10th player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than Englandís number one, Michael Adams. The Cornishman has been the countryís leading player since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world.

 

Adams has consistently recorded outstanding performances and been a member of the world elite for the better part of 20 years. As 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.

 

Other highlights of his career include reaching the final of the 2004 FIDE World Championship and winning the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2013.

 

This will be Adamsí eighth participation in as many editions and we can be sure he will yet again be eager to please the home fans with his trademark manoeuvring style, which once caused Kasparov to nickname him ďspidermanĒ.

 

Below is the final line-up for the London Chess Classic, based on the August ratings. The field boasts a staggering 2782 rating average, which makes this a category 22 tournament.

 

 

No.

Name

Country

Age

Rating

Rank

1

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

France

25

2819

2

2

Vladimir Kramnik

Russia

41

2808

3

3

Fabiano Caruana

USA

24

2807

4

4

Levon Aronian

Armenia

33

2792

5

5

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

28

2791

6

6

Wesley So

USA

22

2771

7

7

Viswanathan Anand

India

46

2770

8

8

Anish Giri

Netherlands

22

2769

9

9

Veselin Topalov

Bulgaria

41

2761

12

10

Michael Adams

England

44

2727

28

 

 

Seeing as the list is based on the August ratings, the British Championship and Sinquefield Cup results are yet to be taken into account. Thanks to his incredible performance in Bournemouth, Adams added 11 points to his rating and is now up to world number 23 in the live list. Over in Saint Louis, Caruana leapfrogged Kramnik to move up to world number 3, while So, Anand and Topalov also gained some points thanks to their good results.

 

 

Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was the lowest rated player in the field in 2015. After his excellent summer performances - winning Dortmund with a 1.5-point lead over the rest of the field and convincingly beat Svidler in Biel - it will be interesting to see how Maxime fares in London, where he only lost out to Magnus Carlsen in the final play-off last year.

 

Apart from Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand, all London Chess Classic participants will be representing their respective countries at the Chess Olympiad, which starts in Baku in just ten days, and we wish them best of luck!

 

Donít miss any updates on the tournament by following the tournamentís official website and Twitter account!

 

Fiona Steil-Antoni
Press Officer

Contact: Fiona Steil-Antoni |  
Website: 
www.londonchessclassic.com
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@london_chess

 

 


 
 

Dates for the 2016 London Chess Classic

 

 

 

LCC 2015 and GCT 2015 winner Magnus Carlsen

The 2016 London Chess Classic will be the eighth edition of the World's most prestigious Chess Tournament and will climax the 2016 Grand Chess Tour.

 

The winning formula of elite 10 player all play all, chess festival, conference and free school events will take place once again. The GCT players and wild cards will be announced in early March.

 

The 8th London Chess Classic will attract players of all levels to London as well as chess educators, spectators, and children just beginning to learn the game. I hope that by publicising the dates to the chess world over nine months in advance, other organisers of chess events will be able to avoid a clash of dates which would not be in the interests of the top players and the chess public at large.

 

The London Chess Classic will begin with the Pro-Biz cup on Thursday, December 8th with round one beginning the following day. The tournament concludes on Sunday 18 December.

 

The full schedule is as follows:

 

Wednesday 7 December Arrival of Players
Thursday 8 December Pro-Biz Cup
Friday 9 December Round 1
Saturday 10 December Round 2
Sunday 11 December Round 3
Monday 12 December Round 4
Tuesday 13 December Round 5
Wednesday 14 December REST DAY
Thursday 15 December Round 6
Friday 16 December Round 7
Saturday 17 December Round 8
Sunday 18 December Round 9
Monday 19 December Closing Dinner and Prize giving
 
   

For more information, visit www.londonchessclassic.com or follow us @london_chess

 

Contact: Fiona Steil-Antoni |  

 

Malcolm Pein

Tournament Director

 

 

 

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