Soon: the 2013 London Chess Classic

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12/3/13, 8:21 AM.

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 years ago


    Dis is good opportunity 4 Anand to gain back his confidence since his rival Magnus not playing...;) :P

  • 3 years ago


    clasical would be better. but oh well, we can't change anything. We'll see, but this will put a Lot of pressure on the games, having lower rated players. what is this though, Aronian would be and excellent addition.

  • 3 years ago


    I quite like the change to rapid, as I'm one of the heretics who advocates a move towards more tournaments at fast time controls. It's just much easier to block out an hour or two to watch a couple rounds than it is to block out several hours to watch a single round.

    Obviously just a personal preference with no right/wrong answer possible, but it makes me happy :)

  • 3 years ago


    There will be the usual live broadcast.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm sure this will be an entertaining event, but even if Carlsen had accepted his invitation, I would still prefer to have seen a classical tournament without Carlsen and Anand in the line-up than a rapid tournament with them in the line-up. YMMV!

  • 3 years ago


    Archmage, check out Chessdom when the tournament starts.

  • 3 years ago


    "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 (...)."

    Honestly are we expected to take this seriously?

  • 3 years ago


    Naka, anand and kramnik, top 3

  • 3 years ago


    that is disappointing that it doesn't look like there will be any live coverage of the event :(

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik will win this

  • 3 years ago


    Nakamura and Anand are incredibly fast and will probably dominate the tournament.

  • 3 years ago


    oh it is rapid... in that case maybe those players will not be so dominanent....

  • 3 years ago


    Gelfand Nakamura svidler Anand and Kramnik will rule this one! this should be a good fight between them!

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