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
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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Press Release | 30
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,
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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
Press Release BKO 4 | 10 November 2018
England top 4 Mickey
Adams, David Howell,
Gawain Jones and Luke
McShane all negotiate
their way through a
stage to qualify for the
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
of the Semi-Final
Tuesday at 11:00 UTC, is
available on the 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
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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.
Click here for information.
Press Release | 14
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
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?
be buoyed by victory or desperate to take out the pain of defeat on his rivals?
... read more.
Press Release | 23 August
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
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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