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7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 4

9 Oct 2015

 

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 December 4-13.

 

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 register online.

 

Tickets include access to the Auditorium, where the games will be played, as well as to the live Grandmaster commentary room and all other festival events areas.

 

 

However, if watching the action of the Classic is not enough, you will have plenty of events to choose from in what is the UK’s largest chess festival. The 9 round FIDE Open offers GM and IM norm opportunities and has a guaranteed £15,500 prize fund. For those with less time on their hands, the weekend and weekday tournaments provide the opportunity to still play 5 FIDE rated games. The festival will culminate in a (FIDE rated) Super Rapidplay Tournament (with a prize fund of over £13,000) on December 12-13. The 3rd Chess and Education Conference will take place on December 5-6 and more details on this event will follow shortly.

 

 

As in previous years, the festival will also feature junior and school events, simuls, blitz tournaments, as well as numerous other fun side events. You can find all the information about the different events on the official London Chess Classic website. Here, you can also enter online for the FIDE Open, weekend tournaments and Super Rapid, as well as download the entry form and of course buy tickets for rounds 1-9 of the Classic.

 

 

 

Fiona Steil-Antoni

Press Officer |  

 

 

7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 3

8 Sept 2015

 

All set for Grand Chess Tour Showdown in London

 

 
   

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 overall trophy.

 

Magnus Carlsen scored 10 Grand Tour Points at St Louis as he was placed second on a tiebreak based on the number of wins. The third and final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, the London Chess Classic, will be the most highly anticipated tournament of the year.

 

Rank Title Name Rating (1.9.15) Federation Grand Tour Points
1 GM Veselin Topalov 2816 Bulgaria 17
2 GM Hikaru Nakamura 2814 USA 16
3 GM Levon Aronian 2765 Armenia 15
4 GM Magnus Carlsen 2853 Norway 14
5 GM Anish Giri 2793 Netherlands 13
6= GM Viswanathan Anand 2816 India 12
6= GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2744 France 12
7 GM Fabiano Caruana 2808 USA 9
8 GM Alexander Grischuk 2771 Russia 8
9 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer 2683 Norway 1
10 GM Wesley So 2773 USA 1

 

Despite only finishing in 7th place at the Sinquefield Cup, Veselin Topalov still leads the overall Grand Chess Tour standings thanks to his outstanding result in Norway Chess. There are three prizes for the overall standings up for grabs ($75.000, $50.000, $25.000), so there will be a lot to play for in addition to the $300,000 prize fund. The closeness of the GCT standings can be explained by the fact that most players who did well in Norway were less successful in St Louis and vice versa.

 

 

Visit, watch and play!

 

All the information on the UK’s largest chess festival is now on this website. Online entry for the London Chess Classic FIDE open, weekend tournaments and Super Rapid is available here. You can download the entry form and of course buy tickets for rounds 1-9 of the London Chess Classic.

Fiona Steil-Antoni

Press Officer |  

 

 

7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 2

2 August 2015

 

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. Some of the highlights of his career include reaching the final of the 2004 FIDE World Championship and winning the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2013. Having played in all six previous editions of the London Chess Classic, the Cornishman will surely yet again be eager to show his best chess on home turf.

 

Below is the final line-up for the London Chess Classic, with the updated August ratings. The field boasts a staggering 2791 rating average, which, as things stand, makes this a category 22 tournament.

 

No. Name Country Age Rating Ranking
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway 242853 1
2 Viswanathan Anand India 45 2816 2
3 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria 40 2816 3
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 27 2814 4
5 Fabiano Caruana USA 22 2808 5
6 Anish Giri Netherlands 21 2793 6
7 Alexander Grischuk Russia 31 2771 9
8 Levon Aronian Armenia 32 2765 11
9 Michael Adams England 43 2740 18
10 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 24 2731 26

 

Here is the impressive line-up. The 9 players who compete in all three tournaments will be joined by a player nominated by the LCC whose name will be announced shortly.

 

 

However, this list did not take into account the Biel tournament, which ended on the 30th July and saw Maxime Vachier-Lagrave score a treble, making it a record 4th victory in the history of this event. Thanks to this performance, the Frenchman leapfrogged Adams to climb to the 16th place on the live ranking list. Vachier-Lagrave now has a live rating of 2744, while Adams follows him closely on 2742.

 

With only 3 weeks to go until the start of the Sinquefield Cup, we will keep a close eye on the evolution of the world rankings and with a little bit of luck, the 7th London Chess Classic will be the first tournament in history to see the participation of 6 (or more) players rated over 2800 on the official FIDE list.

 

In order not to miss any updates on the tournament, make sure to follow the tournament’s official website as well as Twitter account!

 

Fiona Steil-Antoni

Press Officer |  

 

 

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. As in previous years, the LCC will take place at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London. The action will start on the 4th December and the last round (as well as the playoffs, if needed) will be played on the 13th December, with one rest day on the 9th December. You can find the schedule here.

 

No. Name Country Age Rating Ranking
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway 242853 1
2 Viswanathan Anand India 45 2816 2
3 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria 40 2816 3
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 27 2814 4
5 Fabiano Caruana USA 22 2808 5
6 Anish Giri Netherlands 21 2793 6
7 Alexander Grischuk Russia 31 2771 9
8 Levon Aronian Armenia 32 2765 11
9 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 24 2731 26
10 Organiser's wildcard        

 

Here is the impressive line-up. The 9 players who compete in all three tournaments will be joined by a player nominated by the LCC whose name will be announced shortly.

 

 

The one player everybody is of course looking forward to welcoming back to London is World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who will be eager to add a 4th title to his tally, after winning the event in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

 

The American number one, Hikaru Nakamura, is another former champion, having won the title in 2013, while Vishy Anand, the former World Champion, will be returning to London to defend the title he acquired here last year. Besides these familiar faces, three players will be making their London Chess Classic debut: Veselin Topalov (the winner of Norway Chess, the first stage of the Grand Chess Tour), Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

 

However, with over 4 months to go before the tournament starts, these ratings and rankings are likely to change and we will keep an eye on every player’s performances leading up to the event. We will be bringing you regular updates during the Sinquefield Cup, which takes place from the 22nd August to the 3rd September in Saint Louis, and which will set the stage for the final overall standings of the Grand Chess Tour, before the players reunite for a final time in London in December 2015.

 

As is usual at the London Chess Classic, spectators will not only be able to follow the action from the comfort of their homes on the official website, but also in the Olympia Auditorium and its surroundings, where live commentary will be provided. Tickets for what is going to be the strongest tournament ever to be held in the UK will go on sale in September.

 

A chess festival, including the traditional international open, will be held alongside the Classic, and details for that, as well as for all other side events, will be announced on the official website shortly.

 

Fiona Steil-Antoni

Press Officer |  

 

 
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