Grand Chess Tour Adds Fifth Event - Press Release

December 2016


Prize Fund Grows to $1.2 Million, Field Expanded



Continuing the growth shown over the last two years, the GCT now adds a fifth event to the Tour.


This new tournament, sponsored by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, will be held in Saint Louis, MO from August 13 to 20, 2017. It will follow the Sinquefield Cup, which will be held in the same venue from July 31 to August 12, 2017. The addition of a fifth event brings the total prize pool for the 2017 GCT season to 1.2 million dollars, the highest in the tour’s history.


Full press release.

Day 1 Round up

10.12.16 - The grand finale of the Grand Chess Tour, the London Chess Classic, could hardly have gotten off to a more exciting start as three of the five games ended with a decisive result.



Just nine days ago Magnus Carlsen retained his title after dominating Sergey Karjakin during a playoff which was held on his birthday. Today, on the day he turned 29, Hikaru Nakamura suffered a diametrically opposed fate as he blundered right out of the opening with 13.Ne2?


His second Kris Littlejohn later confirmed Hikaru had mixed up his preparation, which is strangely reminiscent of his first round encounter against the same opponent at the Sinquefield Cup. Grand Chess Tour leader Wesley So happily accepted the present.


More from Round 1 | Photo gallery | Replay Games

Hikaru Nakamura (left) in difficulties against Wesley So


Day Zero: Pro-Biz, Simuls, Masterclasses & British KO

09.12.16 - Before serious matters commence at Olympia Conference Centre tomorrow, nine of the ten participants of the Grand Chess Tour took a day trip to the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, near St James’s Palace.



While Kramnik, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Giri and So partnered up with amateur players to compete in the Pro-Biz Cup, Caruana, Aronian and Adams gave masterclasses and played simultaneous displays against invited children and RAC members.


The format of the 4th Pro-Biz Cup was slightly different from the three previous editions, as the teams contested a 3-round swiss event. The day started with a bang, as defending champions Hikaru Nakamura and Rajko Vujatovic fell to the pair Kramnik/Baptie.


More from Day Zero | Photo gallery | Replay Pro-Biz Games

Pro-Biz Cup 2016 Winners Vishy Anand and Terry Chapman


4th Pro-Biz Cup


The fourth edition of the Pro-Biz Cup took place on Thursday 8 December at the RAC in London.


As part of the London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup brings leading business minds and the world’s leading Grandmasters together in a fun knock-out tournament to raise money for the UK charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).


Matches were broadcast LIVE.


Replay Games | Photos of the Event



Photos by Lennart Ootes

Magnus - film documentary

1 December 2016

Last night Magnus Carlsen retained his World Championship crown after overcoming Sergey Karjakin in an intense rapid playoff.



During the London Chess Classic, there will be a special showing of Magnus, a documentary following the emergence of the greatest chess champion of modern times.


The film will be shown at the Bertha DocHouse on Sunday 11th December at 8.30pm and there is a concessionary rate available for advanced group bookings for those who book through  by Friday 9th December.


For further details see the London Chess Conference website.

2017 Grand Chess Tour Schedule - Press Release

October 2016


The Grand Chess Tour is pleased to announce that the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Chess Promotions Ltd, Colliers International France, Vivendi S.A. and Your Next Move™ have agreed to extend their partnership.



The GCT is also negotiating with other parties who have expressed an interest in joining the Tour in 2017. If the Tour is to be expanded, further details will be made available at the end of the 2016 London Chess Classic.


Full press release.

London Chess Classic Schools’ Events


2016 saw the 8th CSC London Chess Classic at Olympia and once again Chess in Schools and Communities ran events for schools as part of the festival.


From Monday 12th to Friday 16th December we put on an entire week of free chess activities for up to 400 children a day.


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Draw Published and Tickets now available - Press Release 3

26 September 2016

The pairings for this year’s London Chess Classic, which is fast approaching, have been published.



The pairings for this year’s London Chess Classic, which is fast approaching, have been published. Unlike last year, there was no need for a draw: In order to ensure an even distribution of colours over the whole Grand Chess Tour 2016, the pairings are the reverse of the Sinquefield Cup, meaning LCC wildcard Michael Adams gets St Louis wildcard Ding Liren’s pairings in reverse.



We already have a major clash to look forward to in round 1 when Hikaru Nakamura takes on Sinquefield Cup winner Wesley So with the white pieces. Nakamura is the only player who can still catch So in the overall GCT standings, which promise the winner a hefty $100,000 bonus with $50,000 for the runner-up.


Full Press Release | 26 Sept


Finish the year in style!

Daily, season tickets and tournament entry now available online - book early to avoid disappointment! | More here |




Season Pass or Day Ticket





Registration Open





Festival Entry Form

The 2016 London Chess Classic will again be a 10-day chess extravaganza running alongside the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour. Familiar events will be a FIDE Open with norm opportunities, as well as weekend and weekday tournaments. The festival will culminate in a Super Rapidplay Open (with a guaranteed prize fund of £19,000!) on 17-18 December. Download your own 2016 entry form below.



FIDE Open - guaranteed £23,125 prize fund

Weekend Tournaments - 4 sections

Weekday Tournaments - 2 sections

Super Rapidplay Open - over £19,000 prize fund


All events held at Olympia Conference Centre, W14 8UX.


More about the festival events and online entry links.




The 4th Chess Conference will focus on 'The Didactics of Chess'.


Michael Adams gets wildcard for the London Chess Classic - Press Release 2

23 August 2016


The 10th player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than England’s number one, Mickey Adams. The Cornishman has been the country’s leading player since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world.



Adams has consistently recorded outstanding performances and been a member of the world elite for the better part of 20 years.


As recently as two weeks ago, Mickey was crowned British Champion in Bournemouth, outclassing the opposition and posting an impressive score of 10/11 that equalled the record set by Julian Hodgson in 1992.


Full Press Release | 23 Aug


London Chess Classic 2016

22.2.16 - I am delighted to announce that the 2016 London Chess Classic will take place in December.



This will be the 8th edition of the World's most prestigious Chess Tournament and will climax the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. The familiar format of an elite 10 player all play all, chess festival, conference and free school events will again take place. The main event will run from December 9th-18th. The players will be announced in early March.


Press Release | 22 Feb


Malcolm Pein

Director London Chess Classic


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