Come for the Classic – and stay for the special events!

Press Release, 20 November 2019


There’s something special for everyone this year at the London Chess Classic: Simultaneous exhibitions by legendary GMs John Nunn and Jonathan Speelman, a ‘Game Changer’ lecture by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan – and discounted tickets to a new play on the epic 1972 Spassky vs. Fischer match.


Challenge the Grandmasters

John Nunn and Jonathan Speelman, two of the most celebrated British Grandmasters of all time, will each be taking on 20 opponents in simultaneous exhibitions in the foyer at Olympia London, with proceeds going to the charity Chess in Schools and Communities. Both simuls are likely to sell out quickly, so book your place early at our Festival Box Office here.


Famed polymath Dr. John Nunn, once described by Magnus Carlsen as “too clever” to be simply a World Chess Champion, will be playing 20 opponents simultaneously on Saturday 30th November at 11:00am.



Chess maverick Jonathan Speelman, the highly creative former World Championship Candidate and onetime world No. 4, will take on all comers on Wednesday 4th December at 6:30pm.



‘Game Changer’ lecture

For those interested in the ways artificial intelligence is influencing the way we play chess, GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan will be giving a lecture on Saturday 7th December at 11:30am in the commentary room in Olympia on “Game Changer: AlphaZero’sGroundbreaking Strategies and the Promise of AI,” their highly acclaimed ECF 2019 Book of the Year.


This is sure to be another popular event, so book quickly here to reserve your place. 



See the new play ‘Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer’

Throughout the London Chess Classic, aficionados of chess and theatre are in for an extra special treat: Thanks to Chess and Schools and Communities, you can get 1/3rd off ticket prices for a new play at Hampstead Theatre, Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer, a gripping account of the epic Cold War-era ‘Match of the Century.’ The discount can be accessed by entering the code LCC2019 at checkout on the Hampstead Theatre website.



Last call to avoid late fees

There are also savings to be had for players in all London Chess Classic Festival events. Enter before midnight on Thursday 21st November, and you will avoid a late fee of £20.




For more information about the full range of events at the LCC, contact our team at: [email protected]

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





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