There's now just 50 days to the start of the London Chess Classic, and
recently, three of the top players in the 'Super Sixteen' have shown
that they are on form and could well be a force to reckon with, come the
final day of play on 15th December 2013.
The young Italian star Fabiano Caruana, 20, won the 7th
Kings Tournament in Bucharest, Romania this week. The performance puts
Caruana within striking distance of becoming only the seventh player -
the others being: Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov, Carlsen and Aronian
- to break the 2800 rating barrier. On the unofficial live rating list,
Caruana, at 2792, is now No 4 in the world after jumping ahead of his
rival Hikaru Nakamura, the US No 1.
And we also give a tip of the hat to Peter "Mr
Seven-Time" Svidler, who, this week in Nizhny Novgorod, once again won
the Russian Championship Superfinal after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in
a playoff for the title. Svidler now goes one better than Mikhail
Botvinnik and Mikhail Tal, who each won six Soviet Championship titles.
Following his success, there was typical Svidler tweet
"Thanks for the
kind word everyone, feels all warm and fuzzy inside - and not only
because I'm somewhat inebriated."
And following his summer success in winning the Dortmund
super-tournament, Mickey Adams, the UK and English No 1, continues his
good form with yet another superb performance in coming second behind
Levon Aronian in a two-horse race at the recent Bilbao Masters Final in
Spain. On the live ratings, the popular Cornishman now makes his return
to the World's Top 10 for the first time in over a decade.
Chess in Schools and
Communities is delighted to announce that entries are still open for the UK's
largest chess festival.
The 5th London Chess Classic will run Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th
December 2013. The marquee event is the ‘Super Sixteen’ Rapidplay
featuring the World’s Elite and the Best of British.
The festival also has events for all abilities and ages, with over
£18,000 in prize money. In addition, there are blitz tournaments and
Grandmaster simultaneous displays with former British Champions Julian
Hodgson, John Nunn and Jon Speelman.
Read more |
online (online entries closed)
19.9.13 - Chess in Schools and
Communities is delighted to announce today a novel way for any chess
player, of any rating, to have their dream come true and compete
alongside the World’s Elite and the Best of British at the 5th London
Chess Classic, running from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th
This year the LCC FIDE Open will qualify the two highest-scoring players
after four rounds into the ‘Super Sixteen’ Rapidplay that features an
all-star cast ...
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CHENNAI 4th Nov: Chess is not
title clash between Anand and Carlsen, or
merely a battle of wits. The popular game can actually help children
with learning disorders. "It's the art of the coach to use chess as a
tool either to silence or stimulate a particular part of the brain",
says Ebenezer Joseph, FIDE trainer and chief consultant of Emmanuel
Ebenezer, the first Indian to be certified as a chess trainer by the
World Chess Federation, says children who play chess have shown 100%
improvement in academic performances.
Read more ...
10.9.13 - Chess in
Schools and Communities is delighted to announce today that the six
leading English players, Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Nigel Short,
Matthew Sadler, David Howell and Gawain Jones have accepted their
invitation to play in the 5th London Chess Classic to be staged at the
Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, running from Saturday 7th
December to Sunday 15th December.
Life begins at 41 for the UK No.1, Michael Adams, who
was one of the world’s best players in the 1990s. He was a four-time
semi-finalist (1993, 1997, 1999 and 2000) in World Championship events,
and in 2004 he made it to the final. He was ranked No.4 in the world in
2001 and 2002, but by 2009 had dropped to No.50.
Since then, the popular Cornishman has seen a
renaissance in his game with a return to elite status; and this summer,
he scored the biggest tournament victory of his career by winning the
Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, ahead of a field that
included Vladimir Kramnik, the former world champion and world No. 3,
and Fabiano Caruana of Italy, who is ranked fifth.
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06.9.13 - Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce that another four international
stars, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler and Judit Polgar
have accepted their invitation to play in the 5th London Chess Classic.
They will now join World Champion Vishy Anand, recent
World Cup winner Vladimir Kramnik and the US No.1, Hikaru Nakamura who
have also confirmed they will play in the 5th London Chess Classic.
The rest of the 16-player field will be announced early
London has become a happy hunting ground for Kramnik. Not only has the
former World Champion been a regular at the London Chess Classic,
winning the 2011 edition, and runner-up twice (behind Magnus Carlsen,
the World No.1, on both occasions), in 2009 and 2012, but in 2000,
London was also the venue for his historic world title win over Garry
The switch to Rapid is because Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen will
doubtless be very tired so soon after the conclusion of their world
title match at Chennai which is scheduled to end on November 26th.
The schools events will be expanded and the festival, with weekenders,
FIDE Open, simultaneous displays and lectures will take place as usual.
The FIDE Open will probably act as a qualifier for the main event and
there will be some Blindfold Chess and Chess 960 so it should be an all
round chess extravaganza.
Tickets will go on sale in September after the field has been finalised.
The venue will again be Olympia.
Please watch this site for more information including the festival entry
form. Latest developments will be posted on Twitter via
again there'll be a cutting edge live broadcast and I'm looking forward
to welcoming you to the biggest Classic ever.