Soon: the 2013 London Chess Classic

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 03.12.2013, 08:21.

The 5th London Chess Classic festival starts on Saturday, December 7th in the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London. Besides several chess tournaments, there will be a chess in schools conference this year. In this 5th edition the top GMs will be playing a rapid tournament from Wednesday, December 11th-Sunday, December 15th. 

The 5th London Chess Classic will take place at Olympia from Saturday December 7th to Sunday December 15th. The 5th Classic will not feature top level classical chess, but it will be headlined by a world class rapid tournament. The participants are Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Mickey Adams, Peter Svidler, Luke McShane, Judit Polgar, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell, Gawain Jones, Jonathan Rowson and two qualifiers from the FIDE Open.

Earlier this year, tournament director Malcolm Pein wrote:

The switch to rapid was made because Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen will doubtless be very tired so soon after the conclusion of their world title match at Chennai (...).

Later on it became clear that Anand accepted the invitation, but Carlsen did not.

Prize Fund
The rapid tournament will feature a 16-player field split into four groups, with the top two from each group qualifying for quarter final knockout stages. Scoring will be 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. The total prize fund on offer will be €150,000 - the full breakdown being: 1st €50,000; 2nd €25,000; 3rd-4th €12,500; 5th-8th €6,250; 9th-16th €3,125.

As mentioned above, two places come from the London Chess Classic FIDE Open tournament. This year the open will have a bumper prize-fund of over £10,000, as well as the guaranteed participation of a minimum of 12 grandmasters.

Side Events
Apart from the headlining Super Sixteen and the FIDE Open, there will be many side events catering for players of all ages and all ratings: a FIDE Weekday Tournament, 2 weekend tournaments, 4 rapidplay tournaments, 4 blitz tournaments and 3 grandmaster simultaneous displays from past British Champions: Julian Hodgson, John Nunn and Jon Speelman.

Chess in Schools
Last but not least, this year's festival includes the Chess and Education London Conference on the weekend of 7th and 8th December 2013. Titled “Successes and Challenges: Improving School Chess Practice, Research and Strategy,” the conference will bring together like-minded promoters of scholastic chess from Armenia, Sweden and Denmark, who will highlight the latest success stories of their work in the classroom, as well as recent research and commentary from eminent scientists, academics and authors.

Over the two days of the conference, there will a mixture of workshops and lectures. The keynote speakers will be: Michelle Ellefson (University of Cambridge), Leontxo García (author and journalist), Aram Hajian (American University of Armenia) and Mads Jacobsen (Skoleskak Denmark).

As always, the venue for all events will be the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London. More info can be found on the official website. The tournament can be followed on Twitter via @londonclassic.

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  • 3 lat temu


    Who is playing in the Women's Invitational?

  • 3 lat temu


    Looks like a great tournament, and I look for Anand to pull out all the stops in a more uncompromising style. The pressure is now off and he will be playing some good chess. Still, Kramnik and Nakamura are such strong players in events like this. I hope Naka can become a bit more consistent, and he is capable of taking it all.

  • 3 lat temu


    it would be great chess clashes of great grandmasterrs.

  • 3 lat temu


    Vishy Anand has been the best rapid player of his generation, too bad if he doesn't finish in the top 4, I don't think so

  • 3 lat temu


    Great to see Mathew Sadler in action and Jonathan Rowson.

  • 3 lat temu


    Too bad that its a rapid tournament. I would have much rather seen a classic tournament without Anand and Carlsen than a rapid with either one or both of them. A rapid tournament is practically meaningless to me.

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    Indeed, thx, added!

  • 3 lat temu


    Shouldn't be even called classic.. because its rapid -.-'

    a bit of shame really.. but hey, maybe it'll be for the better ?

    go go Kramnik and Naka !

  • 3 lat temu


    looking forward to seeing this tournment..... im rooting for naka...

  • 3 lat temu


    Also, it looks like Caruana might be participating also?

  • 3 lat temu


    It looks like the time control for the rapid tournament is 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move? That actually seems like a pretty good balance to me: long enough that there's time to think, but short enough to be a little easier on the spectators. Looks like a fun field -- plenty of great players. Groovy!

  • 3 lat temu


    I ain't an oracle, but something tells me Anand would finish the tournament outside the top 4...

  • 3 lat temu


    Good luck to all the players! Smile

  • 3 lat temu


    I think currently the top event is the Tal Memorial, but London is great especially if you like the English GM, but Grischuck and Mamedyarov are always missed in a rapid tournament

  • 3 lat temu


    Classical might be better but maybe its good to change the format once in a while. London is a great city for a chess event.

  • 3 lat temu


    In my opinion, those last years the London Chess Classic was the best tournament in the world. The best GM's, classical chess, and a great live coverage. I hope to see classical chess next year again.

  • 3 lat temu


    Dissapointed that it's not a classical tournament again, as London seems to have produced great games in years past. But I'm sure the rapid will be great. 

  • 3 lat temu


    I should drop in. It's only like 45 min away for me by Train...

  • 3 lat temu


    Got to give the edge to Naka here. He is a rapid wiz

  • 3 lat temu


    How about Ivanchuk's chances?Smile

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