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Press Release 2 | 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? 


You can also book your tickets now (daily £25, season £60) for entrance to the London Chess Classic Final (December 15-17) at Olympia London


Semi-Final pairings (current GCT rankings in brackets)

Fabiano Caruana (4)

Hikaru Nakamura (1)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (3)

Levon Aronian (2)

Fabiano Caruana

Hikaru Nakamura

Fabiano Caruana

Hikaru Nakamura

Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

After two Classical games on December 11-12, play switches to Rapid & Blitz on Dec. 13, all at DeepMind. The winners then go through to the 3-day Final, held at the traditional Olympia London venue on December 15-16 (Classical) & 17 (Rapid & Blitz). There will also be a third place play-off.


The 2018 GCT champion will take home a 1st prize of $120,000 (there’s $80,000 for 2nd, $60,000 for 3rd and $40,000 for 4th).

There will also be the traditional Festival events at Olympia London (with total prizes over £24,000):


  • FIDE Open (December 9-16), offering GM and IM norm opportunities

  • 5-Day Classic events & Weekend Classic events

  • Simultaneous displays, chess teacher training courses & much, much more.


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Tim Wall, @London_Chess, press officer, London Chess Classic



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