Magnus Carlsen - at
the top of the chess world
Magnus Carlsen of Norway has won the 4th London Classic in style.
Magnus' Live rating, currently 2861.4 is an all time record and has
surpassed Garry Kasparov's record of 2851 which stood for 13 years.
The new rating list will be published on January 1st
2013. Magnus became world number one at the London Chess Classic and
he has made history again here.
We look forward to seeing him in London again in
2013 when he begins his world title attempt in the Candidates
He truly is at the top of the chess world.
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Judit Polgar talks about her upbringing and how chess
became a significant part of her family life.
Presenter - James Kumaraswami
Judit Polgar, grandmaster, on her father's determination to
raise chess playing prodigies.
Presenter - Jenni Murray
1992 World Chess Championship challenger
Nigel Short gave the second of his two simultaneous displays during
the 4th London Classic today on Friday. Players
rated below 2300 took part.
All proceeds now go to the charity Chess in
Schools and Communities which delivers chess to inner city
schools in England and Wales. See
www.chessinschools.co.uk to see how you can get
In the first simul Nigel scored +29, =1
and in simul 2 he repeated the feat with an identical
score of +29, =1. Fantastic! Photos
A grandmaster from the age of 19, Nigel
Short is Britain’s most recognisable name in the chess
30.11.12 - Today marked the opening of the
4th London Chess Classic, which succeeds last year’s
tournament as the strongest ever tournament in Britain.
Note, I’ve not described it as an opening ceremony as it was
a generally informal affair. Anyone who comes to London
looking for pomp and ceremony should go to watch the
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; the London Chess
Classic is a more relaxed affair.
l to r: Luke McShane, Hikaru
Nakamura, Mickey Adams, Vladimir Kramnik,
Viswanathan Anand, Malcolm Pein Tournament
Director, Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Levon
Aronian and Gawain Jones
The press conference was a tad later than we
promised – apologies to those of you watching online – as
Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar were whisked off for a
photo-shoot at the London Eye and it took time to get them
back to Olympia through the London traffic.
Meanwhile, the other top GMs,
back at Olympia ...
Additional photos by Ray Morris-Hill
The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 will again
offer free admission to children for the duration of the
event which runs from December 1st to 10th.
Once again we are offering a
comprehensive program of schools
Adult and junior ticket holders receive
admission to the tournament, which is being staged at
London's prestigious Olympia Conference Centre, plus a
guaranteed seat in the
auditorium and access to the Commentary Room where some
of the UK's leading Grandmasters will give insights into the
play and answer questions.
The field is
now complete and is absolutely stellar, with world
number one Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the first two
London Chess Classic tournaments trying to unseat the 13th
world champion Vladimir Kramnik who won in 2011. The world
champion Vishy Anand has yet to take the London Chess
Classic title and having retained the world crown earlier
this year, he will be looking to add the LCC to his long
list of tournament victories.
25th July 2012
Schools and Communities
received the Royal seal of
approval on 19th July at St
Executive IM Malcolm Pein
received the ‘highly
commended’ award from HRH
Prince Edward the Earl of
Wessex at the Sport and
Community Sport and
Recreation awards ceremony.
was made in recognition of
CSC's 'innovative work in
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International Master Andrew Martin is providing a daily 'Game of
the Day' video for the London Chess Classic Click
here to see his contributions.