London Chess Classic ProBiz Cup announcement
The tournament is usually held alongside the London Chess Classic in a prestigious venue like Google HQ. © Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

London Chess Classic ProBiz Cup announcement

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Tune in or play in the London Chess Classic’s Pro-Biz Cup tournament which this year is open to everyone and will be broadcast for the first time on Twitch. The unique format of the Pro-Biz Cup enables anyone to team up with a top player in a pairs chess format. The tournament is usually held alongside the London Chess Classic in a prestigious venue like Google HQ or the Historic RAC Club in London's Pall Mall. This year it's being run online on Chess.com.

The ProBiz Cup held in the Historic RAC Club in London's Pall Mall in 2019. © Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

This annual tournament is a charitable event raising funds for Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) an organisation dedicated to bringing the social and educational benefits of chess to schoolchildren in UK inner cities. You can learn about the good work CSC does here

The line up of chess maestros is the cream of English chess including the entire England Open team of GMs Michael Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones, Luke McShane, Nick Pert and plus Matthew Sadler as well as other leading English GMs and IMs. You could even play with chess legends GMs John Nunn and John Speelman.

In this innovative format the chess masters (Pro) and the business leaders (Biz) will work together in teams of two, taking turns to make their moves in a tournament of Rapid Chess (20 mins + 10 seconds per move). If you bid to play with one of the masters you will have the opportunity to team up with them prior to the game, to flesh out your strategy and hone your skills. There will be a minimum of three matches per team. The event will be broadcast live at 18.00 GMT (13.00 EST) Wednesday 9th of December on Twitch channels Photochess and Chesscomevents.

To bid for the right to play email: Stephen@chessinschools.co.uk

Some of the chess in previous years has been scintillating, take this battle from 2019.

[Notes by Terry Chapman for CHESS Magazine]