Magnus & Friends: A Chance to Play with the World Champion!

Leading business brains partner world’s top Grandmasters in Pro-Biz Cup


Thursday 5th December 2019


Press Release | 29 October 2019



Entrepreneurs and their businesses can team up with one of the world’s leading Grandmasters in the 5th Pro-Biz Cup, a fun rapidplay tournament that is an integral feature of the London Chess Classic, to raise money for the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities.


World Champion Magnus Carlsen and three more players from the World’s Top 12, plus leading British Grandmasters Michael Adams, David Howell, Luke McShane and Gawain Jones, will be partnering up with the entrepreneurs. The businesspeople will have the chance to work alongside a top-class Grandmaster and gain a unique insight into how their brain works in three rapidplay chess matches.


The Pro-Biz Cup will take place on Thursday 5th December at one of London’s most historic chess venues, The Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, which has played host to exhibition matches by such legends as Jose Raul Capablanca and Richard Reti.


There players will meet up with their GM partner for a photo shoot and strategy meeting, then play alternate moves as they challenge other Top GM-Business Brain teams.



Each team will have 20 minutes on the clock for all their moves (plus an additional 5 seconds per move). The entrepreneurs will be able to take up to two 1-minute timeouts, during which time they can consult with their GM partners.


For a flavour of the brilliant atmosphere at the Pro-Biz Cup, see this entertaining and informative video report.


Interested in teaming up with Magnus & Friends for a day of superb chess? All bids and enquiries should be made to:


Stephen Meyler, CSC Fundraiser. Email:  Tel: (+44) (0) 77966 98066.


Minimum donation: £2000 per player.


This year’s Pro-Biz Cup is part of the London Chess Classic which runs from November 29 to December 8, 2019 at Olympia London and supports Chess in Schools and Communities.




Proceeds from London Chess Classic are used to support


Chess in Schools and Communities


for more information about the work of the charity visit



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