Magnus Carlsen is coming, and you’re invited

Press Release 2, 21 October 2019


Tickets are now available for the biggest-money chess showdown of 2019 – The $350,000 London Chess Classic: Grand Chess Tour Finals – and spectators will be flocking to see World Champion Magnus Carlsen back in action at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on December 2-8.



Magnus is – sensationally – already mathematically qualified for the four-way Knockout after setting a blistering pace in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour. With two qualifying events to go – Superbet in Bucharest (Nov. 6-10) & Tata Steel in Kolkata (Nov. 22-26) – he is way out in front with 54.5 points, well ahead of his nearest rivals Ding Liren (37.8) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (36.8).



Who will join the World No. 1 in London for the thrilling combined contest of Standard Play, Rapid and Blitz is still up for grabs – also in the hunt are Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin (all on 25.5).


This year’s Grand Chess Tour – now expanded to seven countries, including events in Cote D’Ivoire, Croatia, Paris, St. Louis, Bucharest, Kolkata and London – has seen the super-strong field of 12 elite players criss-cross the globe as they fight over a combined $1.75 million prize fund.


The winner of the London Chess Classic: Grand Chess Tour Finals will take home the first prize of $150,000, while the runner-up will receive $100,000 and the third and fourth place players $60,000 and $40,000, respectively.






Monday December 2 & Tuesday December 3 for Standard Play Games 1 & 2;


Wednesday December 4 for Rapid & Blitz (plus Playoffs if required).





Friday December 6 & Saturday December 7 for Standard Play;


Sunday December 8 for Rapid & Blitz (plus Playoffs if required).


On December 2, 3, 4 and 6 (weekdays) play starts at 16:00. On December 7-8 (weekend), play starts at 14:00.


Book your place now – while tickets last…


Ringside seats for the Grand Chess Tour Finals are now on sale via our dedicated online LCC Box Office.



A Season Pass (superb value at £80 – a discount of £70) provides spectators superb access to all events for the duration of the London Chess Classic: Grand Chess Tour Finals, including the LCC/GCT Playing Theatre and all Festival tournaments and special events in the other playing halls and large foyer, from December 2-8.


Day Tickets for the Semi-Finals and Final (also providing access to the Playing Theatre and all other Festival events, as with the Season Pass) are on sale for £25 a day each.


As part of the London Chess Classic’s support for women’s chess and junior chess, tickets for women and Under 25s resident in the UK are FREE (Under 16s should be accompanied by a paying or registered adult).


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



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