London Chess Classic Schoolsí Events


This year sees the 8th CSC London Chess Classic at Olympia and once again Chess in Schools and Communities will be running events for schools as part of the festival.


From Monday 12th to Friday 16th December we will be putting on an entire week of free chess activities for up to 400 children a day.


Click for further information and to register.

Draw Published and Tickets now available - Press Release 3

23 August 2016

The pairings for this yearís London Chess Classic, which is fast approaching, have been published.



Unlike last year, there was no need for a draw. In order to ensure an even distribution of colours over the whole Grand Chess Tour 2016, the pairings are the reverse of the Sinquefield Cup, meaning LCC wildcard Michael Adams gets St Louis wildcard Ding Lirenís pairings in reverse.



We already have a major clash to look forward to in round 1 when Hikaru Nakamura takes on Sinquefield Cup winner Wesley So with the white pieces.


Aronian will be paying particular attention to this game as, along with Nakamura, he is the only player able to catch so in the overall Grand Chess Tour standings.


Full Press Release | 26 Sept


Finish the year in style!

Daily, season tickets and tournament entry now available online - book early to avoid disappointment! | More here |




Season Pass or Day Ticket





Registration Open





Festival Entry Form

The 2016 London Chess Classic will again be a 10-day chess extravaganza running alongside the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour. Familiar events will be a FIDE Open with norm opportunities, as well as weekend and weekday tournaments. The festival will culminate in a Super Rapidplay Open (with a guaranteed prize fund of £19,000!) on 17-18 December. Download your own 2016 entry form below.




FIDE Open (9 round Swiss) - guaranteed £23,125 prize fund.

Weekend Tournaments - 4 sections: Open, U2050, U1825 & U1600.

Weekday Tournaments - 2 sections: FIDE U2050 & U1750.

Super Rapidplay Open - over £19,000 prize fund.


All events held at Olympia Conference Centre, London W14 8UX.


More about the festival events and online entry links.




The 4th Chess Conference on Dec 10-11 will focus on 'The Didactics of Chess'.


8th London Chess Classic - Press Release 2

23 August 2016


Michael Adams gets wildcard for the London Chess Classic 2016

The 10th player to join the line-up of the 8th London Chess Classic is none other than Englandís number one, Mickey Adams.



The Cornishman has been the countryís leading player since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world. Adams has consistently recorded outstanding performances and been a member of the world elite for the better part of 20 years. As recently as two weeks ago, Mickey was crowned British Champion in Bournemouth, outclassing the opposition and posting an impressive score of 10/11 that equalled the record set by Julian Hodgson in 1992.


Full Press Release | 23 Aug


London Chess Classic 2016

22.2.16 - I am delighted to announce that the 2016 London Chess Classic will take place in December.



This will be the 8th edition of the World's most prestigious Chess Tournament and will climax the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. The familiar format of an elite 10 player all play all, chess festival, conference and free school events will again take place. The main event will run from December 9th-18th. The players will be announced in early March.


Press Release | 22 Feb


Malcolm Pein

Director London Chess Classic



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