ProBiz Carlsen Kasparov

Play with the Pro's and support Chess in Schools

Monday 6th December 2021

By Invitation Only

As part of the 12th London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup will bring business minds and Grandmasters together in a fun tournament to raise money for the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). You, and your business, have the opportunity to team up with an England international or another top-flight grandmaster who is playing in this year’s main event. The line-up features worldtitle contender Boris Gelfand, reigning Russian Champion Nikita Vitiugov, 2019 French champion Maxime Lagarde, World Championship challenger Nigel Short, UK number one Michael Adams, England internationals Gawain Jones and Luke McShane and former British champions Stuart Conquest and Julian Hodgson

In the event of a tie after three rounds a Blitz game between the amateurs will determine the winner of the competition. If the play-off game is a draw then the GM and amateurs from opposing teams will play each other and the first to checkmate wins!

Game Format

  • Team Swiss tournament, three rounds. Scoring 2-1-0.
  • Rapid chess: 20 minutes for all moves + 5 seconds increment per move.
  • The pro makes the first move, no conferring.

Time Outs. Two one-minute time outs will be permitted per game. The team will need to signal to the arbiter that you wish to confer and time outs can only be called when it’s your move. Either player can call a time out but they can only call for one each. The clocks will be stopped during your time out. After two time outs – no further consultation is permitted. The team that calls the time out remains at the board the other team leaves.

In the event of a tie after three rounds a Blitz game between the amateurs will determine the winner of the competition. If the play-off game is a draw then the GM and amateurs from opposing teams will play each other and the first to checkmate wins! We look forward to welcoming you to the 8th Pro-Biz Cup!

The Pro-Biz Cup is part of the London Chess Classic and supports Chess in Schools and Communities

Malcolm Pein

Line Up

Biz Pro
Demis Hassabis Luke McShane
Rajko Vujatovic Maxime Lagarde
Jeremy Hodgson Julian Hodgson
Justin Baptie Boris Gelfand
Terry Chapman Nigel Short
Colm O'Shea Gawain Jones
Etan Ilfeld Stuart Conquest
Chris Gant Maxim Matlakov
Kameron Grose Michael Adams
Yuri Bedny Nikita Vitiugov