Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London

 

6th London Chess Classic (6-14 December 2014)

 

Pro-Biz Cup - 9 December 2014, Olympia Conference Centre

 

A unique chance to play chess alongside world champions!

 

The 2014 London Chess Classic features a doubles chess rapidplay knock-out tournament in which eight super-GMs – the Super Six, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Vlad Kramnik, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura and Mickey Adams, plus leading English grandmasters Nigel Short and Gawain Jones – partner top business leaders in competition for the prestigious Pro-Biz Cup currently held by Barclays Bank.

 

 
   
 

   

Hikaru Nakamura will be partnering Jeremy Hodgson (right). If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Jeremy is the younger brother of English grandmaster and London Classic commentator Julian Hodgson.

 

 

Jeremy is a keen player in his own right, with a rating in the 1800s. Jeremy has a more positional style than his four-times British champion brother, not to mention the hard-hitting American super-GM whom he will be partnering.

 

Jeremy himself commented: “Although famous for his tactical brilliance, Hikaru might have to calm his explosive style for my sedate positional play.” As brother to the ‘Grandmaster of Disaster’, Jeremy should have no trouble bonding with the ‘H-Bomb’. Those two GMs have the most macho nicknames in the business, don’t they?

 

Jeremy is being sponsored to play in the Pro-Biz Cup by his company, Interactive Data, a global provider of financial information. Jeremy comments: “I am a supporter of the Chess in Schools and Communities initiative because it provides children with an opportunity to learn a lifelong skill – the ability to play the most fascinating game on earth – chess!”

 

 

Link to support Jeremy and Hikaru - https://www.justgiving.com/Jeremy-Hodgson-Chess-Challenge/

 

Doubles Chess Competition format: knock-out rapidplay with 25 minutes for each two-player team. In doubles chess, the four players each make a move in turn on the same board, hence the two players of a team play alternate moves without conferring. A new rule this year allows teams to take two one-minute time-outs in order to confer during a game. Play takes place in the auditorium. The three rounds are webcast at 10.45, 12.00 and 14.00.

 

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Elite Event Schedule (Times given in UTC/GMT)

 

Date

Event

Time

Notes

9 December

Pro-Biz Cup

10.45

Eight super-GMs each partner a top business leader in a doubles chess rapidplay knock-out tournament in the Auditorium.

 

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill | John Saunders

 

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive | Press release: 13 November 2014

 

For further information, press accreditation, etc: .

 

@LondonClassic2014 | Press Officer: John Saunders, email .

 

  Download Press Release 3

 


 

6th London Chess Classic (6-14 December 2014)

 

Pro-Biz Cup - 9 December 2014, Olympia Conference Centre

 

A unique chance to play chess alongside world champions!

 

The 2014 London Chess Classic features a doubles chess rapidplay knock-out tournament in which eight super-GMs – the Super Six, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Vlad Kramnik, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura and Mickey Adams, plus leading English grandmasters Nigel Short and Gawain Jones – partner top business leaders in competition for the prestigious Pro-Biz Cup currently held by Barclays Bank. Now what we are looking for are their doubles partners!

 

 
   
 
   

The first partnership which will compete in the 2014 Pro-Biz Cup has already been settled: Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward (left of picture) will play alongside English grandmaster Gawain Jones (right of picture) and the two are currently preparing themselves for the fray. The race is now on to match the other seven top chess players with partners from the world of business. For anyone interested in taking part, they can apply via a form on the website. There is field in the form which allows you to state your preferred partner – so bid quickly and generously to secure the super-grandmaster of your choice! All proceeds from this fun mini-tournament go to the Chess in School and Communities charity.

 

Doubles Chess Competition format: knock-out rapidplay with 25 minutes for each two-player team. In doubles chess, the four players each make a move in turn on the same board, hence the two players of a team play alternate moves without conferring. A new rule this year allows teams to take two one-minute time-outs in order to confer during a game. Play takes place in the auditorium. The three rounds are webcast at 10.45, 12.00 and 14.00.

 

All proceeds from this fun mini-tournament go to the Chess in School and Communities charity. Interested business people should register their interest and bid for a player via the form on the website.

 

Sir Clive Woodward is a rugby union international. After coaching club teams from 1990, he became England rugby coach in 1997 at a time when the game was transforming from amateur to professional status. Under Sir Clive’s management, England went on to win the Six Nation’s Grand Slam in in 2003 and the Rugby World Cup later the same year, beating the hosts and holders Australia in the final. To date, this is the only time that a European rugby team has won the sport’s most prestigious competition. Sir Clive has an interest in chess and how it can improve performance in sport, business and life.

 

Pro-Biz Cup page | Register a bid for the Pro-Biz Cup | Video of the 2013 London Chess Classic Pro-Biz Cup |

 

Elite Event Schedule (Times given in UTC/GMT)

 

Date

Event

Time

Notes

6-7 December

Super Rapidplay Open

12.00

10 rounds, featuring the Super Six and many other GMs. The Super Six will compete against Chess in Schools and Communities schoolchildren in the first round.

9 December

Pro-Biz Cup

10.45

Eight super-GMs each partner a top business leader in a doubles chess rapidplay knock-out tournament in the Auditorium.

9 December

Super Six Blitz Tournament

18.15

The elite group of six players will take part in a blitz tournament. Start time 18.15.

10-14 December

Super Six Classical Tournament

16.00*

* For rounds 1-3; rounds 4-5 start at 14.00.

 

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

 

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive | Press release: 13 October 2014

 

For further information, press accreditation, etc: .

 

@LondonClassic2014 | Press Officer: John Saunders, email .

 

  Download Press Release 2

 


 

6th London Chess Classic (6-14 December 2014): The Super Six

4 October 2014

 

The ‘Super Six’ players who will compete in both the ten-round Super Rapidplay Open (6-7 December) and the five-round ‘Super Six’ classical chess tournament (10-14 December; rounds 1-3 start at 16.00 GMT, rounds 4-5 at 14.00 GMT) are as follows.

 

No.

Name

Country

Age

Classical Rating

Classical Ranking

Rapid Rating

Rapid Ranking

1

Fabiano Caruana

Italy

22

2844

2

2858

1

2

Viswanathan Anand

India

44

2785

6

2809

6

3

Anish Giri

Netherlands

20

2768

7

2674

67

4

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

26

2764

9

2800

9

5

Vladimir Kramnik

Russia

39

2760

11

2773

13

6

Michael Adams

England

43

2758

12

2764

18

 

Fabiano Caruana recently set the chess world alight with an extraordinary result at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, recording a tournament performance of 3097. He now trails world no.1 Magnus Carlsen by fewer than 20 rating points. Chess fans will be keen to see how he fares in classical chess at the tournament which served as Magnus’s springboard to the top of the rating list in 2009. ‘Fabi’ rarely takes a long break from playing and he may even have taken over the top spot before he arrives in London.

 

 

Whisper it softly, but it is also possible that Magnus will no longer be world champion in a few weeks time and the London Chess Classic might be welcoming Viswanathan Anand back as world champion. Despite his loss of the title to Magnus Carlsen last year, Vishy has regained much of his zest for the game, winning the 2014 Candidates’ Tournament in tremendous style. Indian chess fans will be hoping Vishy emulates the 1940-60s Soviet world champion Mikhail Botvinnik who regained his title twice. Right now the force seems to be with Vishy...

 

Ranked third in the line-up and making his London Classic debut is Anish Giri. At 20, Anish already has an impressive string of tournament successes to his name, with recent strong performances at the Tromsø Olympiad and 2014 European Club Cup carrying him to his highest place yet in world rankings.

 

 

 

 
Fabiano Caruana Vishy Anand Anish Giri

 

 

 

 
Hikaru Nakamura Vladimir Kramnik Mickey Adams

 

Defending the London Chess Classic title he won in 2013 is top US player Hikaru Nakamura. Like a number of other super-GMs, he was eclipsed by Fabiano Caruana and his dazzling run in Saint Louis, but nothing dampens Hikaru’s ebullient spirit for long and he will entertain the crowd in London as he always does.

 

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, like Hikaru Nakamura, is an ever-present in the London Classic line-up and he will be keen to set right a few disappointments suffered in the past year or two. He will want to end the year on an upswing and re-establish himself in the top ten, so expect him to come out of his corner fighting.

 

Mickey Adams has been the top Brit for most of the century and he has regained the rating he had when he was world ranked number four player in the early 2000s. Recently he won the Silver Medal on board one for England at the Tromsø Olympiad and achieved a 2836 TPR at the 2014 European Club Cup, so he’s in top form.

 

Elite Event Schedule (Times given in UTC/GMT)

 

Date

Event

Time

Notes

6-7 December

Super Rapidplay Open

12.00

10 rounds, featuring the Super Six and many other GMs. The Super Six will compete against Chess in Schools and Communities schoolchildren in the first round.

9 December

Pro-Biz Cup

10.45

Eight super-GMs each partner a top business leader in a doubles chess rapidplay knock-out tournament in the Auditorium.

9 December

Super Six Blitz Tournament

18.15

The elite group of six players will take part in a blitz tournament. Start time 18.15.

10-14 December

Super Six Classical Tournament

16.00*

* For rounds 1-3; rounds 4-5 start at 14.00.

 

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

 

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive | Press release: 4 October 2014

 

For further information, press accreditation, etc: .

 

@LondonClassic2014 | Press Officer: John Saunders, email .

 

  Download Press Release 1

 

 

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