Fabi’s Back: This Time It’s a Knockout!

Press Release 4 | 30 November 2018


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, Fabiano Caruana, 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.



With an 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 American Hikaru Nakamura, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (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 there.


In his Semi-Final matchup, Fabi faces Rapid & Blitz specialist Hikaru, while in the other Semi-Final, Levon plays MVL.

Fabiano Caruana

Hikaru Nakamura

Fabiano Caruana

Hikaru Nakamura

Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Player Stats (World rankings, November 2018):


-  Fabiano Caruana (Classical #2, 2832; Rapid #10, 2789; Blitz #16, 2767)

-  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Classical #6, 2778; Rapid #11, 2786; Blitz #2, 2937)

-  Levon Aronian (Classical #11, 2765; Rapid #7, 2802; Blitz #3, 2889)

-  Hikaru Nakamura (Classical #17, 2746; Rapid #2, 2844; Blitz #4, 2858)


After two Classical games on December 11-12, play switches to Rapid & Blitz on Dec. 13. 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 Playoff.


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).


To watch the action live, you can book your tickets now (daily £25, season £60) for entrance to the London Chess Classic Final (December 15-17) at London Olympia.


  • These tickets will also give you access to the accompanying London Chess Festival events (total prizes over £24,000) at    Olympia London, including the FIDE-rated Open, 5-Day Classic events & Weekend Classic events, GM simultaneous displays, chess teacher training courses, & live commentary by leading Grandmasters.


For more info contact our team at: [email protected]

Visit our website: www.londonchessclassic.com

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



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