London Chess Classic Venue Announced

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The 'London Chess Classic' tournament announced recently now has a confirmed venue (see the press release below).

The line-up is:

Magnus Carlsen NOR  2770
Vladimir Kramnik RUS  2759
Ni Hua  CHN  2724
Michael Adams ENG  2703
Hikaru Nakamura USA  2701
Nigel Short ENG  2674
David Howell ENG  2613
Luke McShane  ENG  2596

New London tournament to be in the Olympia Conference Centre.

I am delighted to announce that the London Chess Classic 2009 will be staged at one of London's most prestigious venues; the Olympia Conference Centre. Olympia will provide excellent facilities including a 400 seat soundproof auditorium, two commentary rooms and multimedia presentation. There will be ample space for Open, weekend and Speed Chess tournaments plus junior training which will run alongside the main event from December 8th-15th inclusive.

The London Chess Classic 2009 will be the highest level tournament in London for 25 years and will be the first in a series of events designed to increase enthusiasm for chess in the UK and promote the game and its undoubted educational benefits in schools and communities. It is also our objective to bring the world championship to London in the Olympic year 2012.

England's four leading Grandmasters; Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell will be pitched against a world class field that includes a former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and 18 year old Magnus Carlsen ranked world number three and widely seen a future holder of the world crown. One of China's finest players; Ni Hua and the US Champion Hikaru Nakamura, complete the field.

Spectators will be treated to live commentary on the games from Grandmasters and will be able to play tournament or informal games all day. Ticket information will be available in September. For those who cannot attend there be will live coverage and commentary on the games on the internet.

Malcolm Pein (IM) Director London Chess Centre


The Olympia Conference Centre auditorium...

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