Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Exclusive screening of the award winning Brooklyn Castle documentary


All players and participants welcome on Friday 7th in the Auditorium 11.30am.


WHAT: Critically acclaimed documentary film Brooklyn Castle will be shown for the first time in the UK at an exclusive screening at the London Chess Classic 2012, Britain’s leading chess tournament. The film takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs faced by members of junior high school Brooklyn Castle's champion chess team, amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts. Having won audience awards at the South by Southwest, Newport Beach and Hot Docs film festivals, Brooklyn Castle is hotly tipped for a spot on the shortlist for the Best Documentary Oscar.


The London Chess Classic 2012 is running at the Olympia Conference Centre until 10th December, featuring the strongest ever line-up at a British chess tournament. The tournament is the flagship event of UK charity ‘Chess in Schools and Communities’ (CSC), whose mission is to give primary school children around the country the chance to learn how to play chess.






Friday 7th December 2012, 11:30am




Olympia Conference Centre, Hammersmith Rd, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, W14 8UX




Elizabeth Vicary, Brooklyn Castle chess coach, will be available for comment via Skype after the screening



Praise for Brooklyn Castle:




“Irresistible” – New York Times


“A stand-out documentary” – Huffington Post


“A break-out hit” – Time Out Chicago


“A truly wonderful, uplifting film” – Hitfix


Concert of music

This year’s London Chess Classic opening ceremony, at 13.45 GMT on Saturday 1 December, features a mini-concert of music played by two professional musicians who also happen to be chess enthusiasts.


Jason Kouchak is a widely-acclaimed concert pianist who plays popular music and jazz as well as classical music. Jason was born in France and studied piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and at Edinburgh University. He has performed in major concert halls in London, Paris, St Petersburg and other venues in Europe and Asia. He has recorded five albums, including his own compositions, and appeared on BBC TV and the Japanese NHK channel. He has made regular guest appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and recorded and performed with Julian Lloyd-Webber.


Jason’s tastes and talents underline the long-established link between chess and music. He is a committed and enthusiastic competition chess player, and played in the 2011 London Classic Open and 2009 Gibraltar tournaments as well as in other domestic chess competitions. He is an active supporter of the Chess in Schools and Communities charity. Those lucky enough to attend the Gibraltar Chess Festival will already have had the chance to hear Jason’s delightful playing. Jason’s website is www.jasonkouchak.com.



Alf Wilhelm Lundberg has been a prominent name on the jazz scene in Norway since 2008 when he got his breakthrough with Norchestra’s debut record “Norchestra”. He has toured extensively in Europe and Scandinavia, and has performed at some of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe. Though he is mostly known as a guitarist, pianist and composer via Norchestra, since he took delivery of his Brahms guitar (eight strings and played like a cello) from luthier Martin Woodhouse in Cambridge in 2009, Alf Wilhelm has devoted himself completely to mastering this new instrument and to discovering its many possibilities. He has had great reviews for his many solo performances on the Brahms guitar in Europe. Sample Alf Wilhelm’s playing on websites www.alfwilhelmlundberg.no, www.acousticlandscapes.com and www.norchestra.com


Alf Wilhelm came to the 2011 London Chess Classic last year but sadly arrived a bit too late to see his fellow countryman Magnus Carlsen in action. To console himself, he sat down in the foyer, took out his guitar and started playing just as the congress ended. His extraordinarily accomplished playing attracted the attention of tournament reporter John Saunders and participant Nigel Short, who happened to be passing. (If you go to the official website and navigate to last year’s final round report, you can read something about this.) Nigel’s review consisted of just one word: “fantastic!” This year the Classic audience can hear for themselves.

Nigel Short Simultaneous Displays, London Classic 3 December and 7 December


In Aid of Chess in Schools and Communities.



1992 World Chess Championship challenger Nigel Short will be giving two simultaneous displays during the 4th London Classic (Monday 3rd and Friday 7th December 2012, starting at 6pm). A maximum of 30 can play on each evening and anyone rated below 2300 can take part. Entry Fee £50.


All proceeds will 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.


A grandmaster from the age of 19, Nigel Short is Britain’s most recognisable name in the chess world. He has had a distinguished career of which the highpoint was a match with Garry Kasparov for the world championship title in 1993 at London’s Savoy Theatre.


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Blitz Challenges at the London Classic


English grandmaster John Emms will be taking on all-comers at blitz chess in the foyer at Olympia on Saturday 1 December and Saturday 8 December between 1pm and 7pm. All proceeds will go to Chess in Schools and Communities.


John Emms has twice captained the English team at Olympiads. As well as a top player, John is an experienced coach and second who has worked with top players such as world championship finalist Michael Adams.


John is also a highly respected chess writer, with many outstanding works to his name. As commissioning editor for Everyman Chess, he developed the extremely successful Move by Move series of books and has penned two of them himself, The Sicilian Taimanov: Move by Move and The Nimzo-Indian: Move by Move, both of which have received rave reviews. He also wrote Starting Out: The Sicilian, which has become the standard reference book for those learning this opening.




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