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7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 1

20 July 2015


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.


The catalyst for this is the creation of the Grand Chess Tour.


The London Chess Classic has joined forces with Norway Chess and the Sinquefield Cup to create a whole new chess cycle. Each tournament has a prize fund of $300,000 and there is a bonus pool of $150,000 for the top three finishers in the overall standings of the Grand Chess Tour, making for a total prize fund of over 1 million dollars. The London Chess Classic will be the climax of the Grand Chess Tour with potentially over $100,000 at stake in the last round.


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London Chess Classic 2015


The 7th London Chess Classic, England's premier tournament, will take place at its traditional venue of Kensington Olympia from Friday December 4th to Sunday December 13th. This year the main event will be a 9-round 10-player super tournament that climaxes the 2015 Grand Chess Tour.


The 2015 Grand Chess Tour was founded as a partnership between the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis which stages the Sinquefield Cup, Tower AS who organise Norway Chess 2015 and Chess Promotions Ltd, the rights owners of the London Chess Classic.



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 will nominate the tenth player. This will mean that the LCC will be the strongest event ever held in the UK.







Magnus Carlsen


Fabio Caruana


Hikaru Nakamura


Veselin Topalov


Alexander Grischuk






Vishy Anand  

Anish Giri



  Levon Aronian   Nominated by LCC  

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 here and 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!


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