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.


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.


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


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  • 3 years ago


    How do I submit my application?  :-p

  • 3 years ago


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

    I will not follow it

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Wait what are the time controls?

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

    RIP Quality Chess

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    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?

  • 3 years ago


    Well, let me check my schedule...

  • 3 years ago


    Go Gelfand take out the british!

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