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Only 3 Spots Remaining in London Chess Classic

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 9/13/13, 8:15 AM.

More than three-quarters of the 16 spots for the 5th London Chess Classic have now been filled. The festival will take place from December 7-15, 2013, with the marquee event running for the final five days.

GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Boris Gelfand, GM Peter Svidler, and GM Judit Polgar accepted their invitations last week. GM Vladimir Kramnik was already committed, as was GM Hikaru Nakamura.

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The tournament will not be a classical time control this year. The organizers said this is to accomodate GM Viswanathan Anand, who will have just finished the world championship match in India (GM Magnus Carlsen is not currently on this list of players). The rapid event will be a hybrid "knockout" style, with advancement coming after six games of group play. See the format here.

The best half-dozen English players have also confirmed their participation: GM Luke McShane, GM Michael Adams, GM Nigel Short, GM Matthew Sadler, GM Gawain Jones and GM David Howell. This leaves only three spots left to be filled.

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The Classic will again have a chess festival, including a FIDE Open and Women's Invitational.

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  • 11 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    How do I submit my application?  :-p

  • 11 months ago

    tonifa

    another tournament with the wrong name, like nawa607 said the tournament must be renamed

    I will not follow it

  • 11 months ago

    P_G_M

    I hope Karjakin, Grishuck and Ivanchuck will play this tournament.

  • 11 months ago

    RyanMurphy5

    Very interesting that they switched time controls.  Might be a palatable medium for viewing live with the chess team at my university now.  I do prefer classical time controls, however, as they allow for better quality chess.  This may still be exciting to follow.

  • 11 months ago

    friendjonny

    Too bad they had to switch to rapid time controls. I was looking forward to actually following the event. Now the event doesn't really matter.

  • 11 months ago

    FancyKnight

    This will ruin the memory of great London classic we had last year.

  • 11 months ago

    ChocolateTeapot

    I am still waiting for my invite. Must have got lost in the post again. That is what happened last year.

  • 11 months ago

    bongcloudftw

    what? bad for chess

    doing all this for anand?

    give him up, since he's gonna lose the championship anyway.

  • 11 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    WTF? 

  • 11 months ago

    ElvinWilliams

    Wait what are the time controls?

    The London Chesss Classic is a rapid event?!?!

    RIP Quality Chess

  • 11 months ago

    Buddy_Thompson

    I agree with SonofPearl and Nawa607!

    Twobit, let's make a joint offer to the organizers and share expenses!

  • 11 months ago

    Nawa607

    The event has to be renamed "London Chess Rapid", then. So disappointing!

  • 11 months ago

    SonofPearl

    I have to say that I'm hugely disappointed that the tournament will not be at classical time controls this year.  Could Anand not have been excused this time?

  • 11 months ago

    Twobit

    Well, let me check my schedule...

  • 11 months ago

    CP6033

    Go Gelfand take out the british!

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