Pro-Biz Cup - 9 December 2014, Olympia
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Event Schedule(Times given in UTC/GMT)
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.
Eight super-GMs each
partner a top business leader in a doubles chess
rapidplay knock-out tournament in the
Six Blitz Tournament
The elite group of six players will take part in
a blitz tournament. Start time 18.15.