Nine players compete in all three Grand Chess Tour
events: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin
Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Vishy Anand, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian. The London Chess Classic organisers
have nominated Michael Adams as the tenth player. This will mean that the LCC will be the
strongest event ever held in the UK.
US Number 1
Former World Ch.
Each tournament in the Grand Chess Tour has a prize fund
of $300,000 and there is a bonus pool of $150,000 for the top three
finishers in the Grand Tour based on their overall performance to make a
total prize fund of over 1 million dollars.
The rules and regulations of
the Grand Chess Tour are here and current standings after Norway
Chess are here. The schedule of the main event is
tickets will go on sale in September.
There will be a chess festival alongside the Classic and
details will be announced shortly.
We look forward to seeing you!
Boris Johnson, London Chess
Draw for the London Chess
28 November 2015
The draw for the highly anticipated London
Chess Classic, which is just one week away
now, was performed by Tournament Director
Malcolm Pein and Deputy Arbiter David
Sedgwick with the pupils of Marion
Richardson Primary School on Monday 23rd
This year’s London Chess Classic promises to
be the most exciting to date, as it
constitutes the final leg of the inaugural
Grand Chess Tour. With both World Champion
Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion
Viswanathan Anand in attendance.
Three English Grandmasters will be giving simultaneous
displays in the foyer at the London Chess Classic.
Jonathan Speelman (centre)
will play 20 opponents at 6:00pm on Tuesday 8th December. Jonathan is a
former World Championship semi-finalist and World number four,
celebrated for his original style of play.
John Nunn (left) will play 20 opponents, at 6:00pm
on Thursday 10th December. John is highly acclaimed as an author, three-time
World Problem-Solving Champion and former top-ten player.
Luke McShane will also play
20 opponents, at 6:00pm on Friday 11th December. Luke, a financial
trader by profession, is the world’s strongest grandmaster and is ranked
in the world top 60.
All proceeds to go to
Chess in Schools and
Communities. To reserve your
place, email - £20 per board.
Chess Pro-Biz Cup 2015
- Press Release
2 Nov 2015
Team Up with one of your Chess Heroes
The Pro-Biz Cup, now in its third year,
gives you the opportunity of a lifetime: to team up with one
of your chess heroes. To be held on Monday 14 December from
10am to 4pm at the Hilton London Olympia and broadcast live
on the internet, this unique event will be a fitting
conclusion to the 7th London Chess Classic.
New Elite Event at the
London Chess Classic
- Press Release
23 Nov 2015
A new high-level event is
joining the extensive list
of tournaments that make up
the 7th London Chess Classic
Festival: Eight of Britain’s
best chess players, with the
exception of Michael Adams,
who plays in the Classic
itself, will contest the
inaugural British Knockout
The prize fund dwarfs that available in the British
Championship and the winner of the British Knockout Championship will get a
Tickets for the London Chess Classic and
Online Entry for the Festival available
Tickets are now available for the 7th London
Chess Classic, which, besides being the
strongest tournament ever to be held on
British soil, will also decide the winner of
the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. This is your
chance to watch ten of the world’s very best
players, including World Champion Magnus
Carlsen, battle it out at the Olympia
Conference Centre in Kensington, from
Daily tickets cost £20 each,
while the season pass is a bargain at only
£100, which is 9 rounds for the price of 5!
Entry is free for women and under 25s (UK
residents only) and all you need to do is
World’s top players will compete in 2nd
year of the tour
(April 24, 2015)
– The Grand Chess Tour has announced its
schedule and dates for the 2016 circuit. The
announcement came at the conclusion of the
Sinquefield Cup, the second stop on the
inaugural year of the tour.
The 2016 schedule will feature the same
three tournaments as this year’s tour with
Norway Chess, Sinquefield Cup and London
Chess Classic. The Grand Chess Tour has
quickly established itself as the premier
chess circuit in the world, featuring 10 of
the top players in the world.
Free entry for
GM/IMS, *Women and U25s before
Friday 27 November.
*UK residents only
Something for everyone!
The 2015 London Chess Classic will
have something for everyone. Over the 10 days a Chess Festival will run
alongside the elite tournament.
Choose from: 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 £13,000!) on 12-13
FIDE Open (9 round Swiss)
- guaranteed £15,500
Chess Union and Chess in
Schools and Communities are
joining forces to provide
the first ever professional
program for social
entrepreneurs in chess.
part of the London Chess
Classic with its London
Chess and Education
Conference 2015 on the theme
'Chess and Society' the best
applicants will come
together for a professional
crash course in social
entrepreneurship and a best
project competition. The ECU
is offering six stipendia to
be decided after the
submission deadline of 6
On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6
December, the participants
will, along with following
the conference, pitch their
project or project idea
first to an expert jury and
then to the conference
audience at large.
The inaugural Grand Chess Tour could hardly
have produced a more exciting climax as the
countdown begins to the 3rd and final leg at
the London Chess Classic. Chess lovers
enjoyed top-class fighting chess during the
first two legs of the Grand Chess Tour and
after Levon Aronian’s victory at the
Sinquefield Cup, almost all the players are
still in with a chance of winning the
Michael Adams completes line-up for the
London Chess Classic 2015
The 10th and last player to join the
incredible line-up of the 7th London Chess
Classic is none other than England’s number
1, Michael Adams. It is no surprise the
Englishman is the recipient of the
organisers’ wildcard, seeing as he has been
the English number one since 1999 and was
once ranked number 4 in the world. Despite
being the second oldest participant in the
field (after Anand), Adams keeps posting
impressive performances and has been a
member of the world elite for the better
part of 20 years now.
The London Chess Classic has long
established itself as one of the preeminent
events on the chess calendar. This year’s
edition will surpass its predecessors, as
the presence of ten of the world’s
top-ranked players will ensure the 7th
Classic is the strongest tournament ever
held on British soil.