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Magnus Carlsen - at the top of the chess world

Magnus Carlsen of Norway has won the 4th London Classic in style. Magnus' Live rating, currently 2861.4 is an all time record and has surpassed Garry Kasparov's record of 2851 which stood for 13 years.



The new rating list will be published on January 1st 2013. Magnus became world number one at the London Chess Classic and he has made history again here.


We look forward to seeing him in London again in 2013 when he begins his world title attempt in the Candidates Matches.


He truly is at the top of the chess world.



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Plaudits & Letters 2012

See our plaudits and letters page which we are compiling now that this highly successful and enjoyable 2012 tournament has finished. The London Chess Classic team welcomes your comments about any aspect of the events.

Judit Polgar on BBC World Service






05.12.12 - Judit Polgar talks about her upbringing and how chess  became a significant part of her family life.

  Fast forward to 44.00 | Runtime: 9 mins

Presenter - James Kumaraswami






Judit Polgar on Radio 4






05.12.12 - Judit Polgar, grandmaster, on her father's determination to raise chess playing prodigies.

  Fast forward to 10.00 | Runtime: 8 mins

Presenter - Jenni Murray






LIVE broadcast videos by Macauley Peterson







Nigel Short's second simul - 7 December

In Aid of Chess in Schools and Communities


1992 World Chess Championship challenger Nigel Short gave the second of his two simultaneous displays during the 4th London Classic today on Friday. Players rated below 2300 took part.


All proceeds now go to the charity Chess in Schools and Communities which delivers chess to inner city schools in England and Wales. See www.chessinschools.co.uk to see how you can get involved.


In the first simul Nigel scored +29, =1 and in simul 2 he repeated the feat with an identical score of +29, =1. Fantastic!  Photos [1] [2]


A grandmaster from the age of 19, Nigel Short is Britain’s most recognisable name in the chess world.





Finding Nepo - John Saunders reports

30.11.12 - Today marked the opening of the 4th London Chess Classic, which succeeds last year’s tournament as the strongest ever tournament in Britain. Note, I’ve not described it as an opening ceremony as it was a generally informal affair. Anyone who comes to London looking for pomp and ceremony should go to watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; the London Chess Classic is a more relaxed affair.


l to r: Luke McShane, Hikaru Nakamura, Mickey Adams, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Malcolm Pein Tournament Director, Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Levon Aronian and Gawain Jones


The press conference was a tad later than we promised – apologies to those of you watching online – as Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar were whisked off for a photo-shoot at the London Eye and it took time to get them back to Olympia through the London traffic. Meanwhile, the other top GMs, back at Olympia ...

Additional photos by Ray Morris-Hill

Chess is Free for Children at the London Chess Classic 2012


The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 will again offer free admission to children for the duration of the event which runs from December 1st to 10th.


Once again we are offering a comprehensive program of schools activities.


Adult and junior ticket holders receive admission to the tournament, which is being staged at London's prestigious Olympia Conference Centre, plus a guaranteed seat in the auditorium and access to the Commentary Room where some of the UK's leading Grandmasters will give insights into the play and answer questions.


The field is now complete and is absolutely stellar, with world number one Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the first two London Chess Classic tournaments trying to unseat the 13th world champion Vladimir Kramnik who won in 2011. The world champion Vishy Anand has yet to take the London Chess Classic title and having retained the world crown earlier this year, he will be looking to add the LCC to his long list of tournament victories.

Royal Commended Performance

25th July 2012


Chess in Schools and Communities received the Royal seal of approval on 19th July at St James’s Palace.


Chief Executive IM Malcolm Pein received the ‘highly commended’ award from HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation awards ceremony.



The award was made in recognition of CSC's 'innovative work in schools'.


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Game of the Day

International Master Andrew Martin is providing a daily 'Game of the Day' video for the London Chess Classic  Click here to see his contributions.



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