Caruana Narrowly Misses #1 Spot

Round-up Day 1 | 11 December 2018



    World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana is held to a draw by Hikaru Nakamura in the first semi-final game of the London Chess Classic, the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, despite coming close to a decisive kingside attack on multiple occasions.

  • The result leaves Caruana still just short of World Champion Magnus Carlsen’s No. 1 spot on the live ratings.

  • Levon Aronian presses Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in an endgame but is also held to a draw in 74 moves.

  • In the accompanying British Knockout Semi-Finals, Luke McShane forces a perpetual after mounting a strong counter-attack on Mickey Adams’ king.


LONDON (December 11, 2018) – The big question on everyone’s lips at the start of play at the London Chess Classic Semi-Finals was whether Fabiano Caruana could win to overtake Magnus Carlsen – just 3 points ahead of him in the live ratings – to grab the coveted World No. 1 spot that the Norwegian has held for seven years.


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Fabi’s Back: This Time It’s a Knockout!

Press Release | 30 November 2018


Fans eager for more fabulous top-class chess after the World Championship in London need look no further than the London Chess Classic, where the valiant challenger, Fabiano Caruana, will be back in town for a showdown with three of the world’s most exciting players from December 11-17, thanks to support from our new sponsor, The Lohia Foundation.



With an exciting Semi-finals and Final format, complete with Classical, Rapid & Blitz, plus a nail-biting Armageddon decider, the London Chess Classic will pit Fabi against fellow American Hikaru Nakamura, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) in the finale of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour.


The fantastic four will be dueling for a total of $300,000 (£230,000) in GCT prize money.


Just how Fabi will come back after his narrow loss (tied 6-6 in Classical, 3-0 in the Rapid playoffs) in the World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen will be the question on everyone’s lips – as his opponents are likely to face more of the superb opening preparation that Fabi displayed there.


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Howell & Vujatovic Triumph in Pro-Biz Cup



The London Chess Classic’s 2018 Pro-Biz Cup was won for the third time by Rajko Vujatovic, this year partnered by English GM David Howell in a prestigious pairs event charity fundraiser.



The Pro-Biz Cup is a chess tournament like no other – the world’s best grandmasters competing alongside leading businesspeople in a meeting of minds – all in the super-cool surroundings of Deep Mind’s offices at Google HQ near King’s Cross in London.


Alcoves and corridors around the Google offices – with its whizzing lifts and cool gadgetry like a kind of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for techies – are abuzz with the chatter of chess opening preparation as the world’s best players give last-minute coaching tips to their playing partners – all to the sounds of a PA system piping out Freddie Mercury and Queen’s up-tempo single, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now!’


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British KO: Adams, Howell, Jones & McShane into Semis

Press Release BKO 4 | 10 November 2018



    Semi Finals: 11-13 Dec

    England top 4 Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane all negotiate their way through a tough quarter-final stage to qualify for the British Knockout Championship semi-finals.

  • David Howell triumphs eventually over IM Ravi Haria in a rapid playoff, despite almost coming to grief in the first Classical game.

  • Semi-Finals pit Adams vs McShane and Howell vs Jones.

  • Live coverage of the Semi-Final matches, starting Tuesday at 11:00 UTC, is available on the London Chess Classic website.


LONDON (December 10, 2018) – Despite valiant efforts from the underdogs in the British Knockout, England Olympiad team members Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane all managed to win their Quarter-Final matches – although not without a struggle ... Read more

London Chess Classic Schools’ Events


Chess in Schools and Communities will be running a week-long Schools’ Festival as part of the 2018 London Chess Classic at Olympia London from Monday 10th to Friday 14th December.


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Book your ringside London Chess Classic tickets now!

Press Release | 14 September 2018


Just days after the end of his World Championship match in London against Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana will be pitting his wits against Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the Grand Chess Tour Finals at the London Chess Classic, which this year will be a four-player knockout supported by our new sponsor the Lohia Foundation.



The big question is: After going 12 rounds with Magnus, just how will Fabi fare against some of the most dangerous hitmen in world chess?


Will he be buoyed by victory or desperate to take out the pain of defeat on his rivals? ... read more.

Book your place at the 2018 London Chess Classic: Enter online today!

Press Release | 23 August 2018


Join us at the epicentre of world chess – for a very special 10th London Chess Classic from December 9-16, 2018.


With London hosting what promises to be an epic Magnus Carlsen-Fabiano Caruana World Championship match in November, just days later chess aficionados are in for a double treat with the exciting finale of the Grand Chess Tour being fought out at the London Chess Classic, in a knockout format for the first time and with $300,000 at stake.


The semi-final battles, which will feature the 4 top players from the Grand Chess Tour qualifying events in Paris, Leuven and St. Louis, will be hosted by the pioneering artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, at Google’s London headquarters. Then the action moves to the London Chess Classic’s traditional venue, Olympia London, for the final ... read more.




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