Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Draw for the London Chess Classic

28 November 2015



The draw for the highly anticipated London Chess Classic, which is just one week away now, was performed by Tournament Director Malcolm Pein and Deputy Arbiter David Sedgwick with the pupils of Marion Richardson Primary School on Monday 23rd November.


This year’s London Chess Classic promises to be the most exciting to date, as it constitutes the final leg of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. With both World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in attendance.


Read more and see the full Classic pairings ...

The 7th London Chess Classic, England's premier tournament, will take place at its traditional venue of Kensington Olympia from Friday December 4th to Sunday December 13th.





This year the main event will be a 9-round 10-player super tournament that climaxes the 2015 Grand Chess Tour.


The Grand Chess Tour was founded as a partnership between the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis which stages the Sinquefield Cup, Tower AS who organise Norway Chess 2015 and Chess Promotions Ltd, the rights owners of the London Chess Classic.


Nine players compete in all three Grand Chess Tour events: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Vishy Anand, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian. The London Chess Classic organisers have nominated Michael Adams as the tenth player. This will mean that the LCC will be the strongest event ever held in the UK.






Magnus Carlsen

World Champion


Fabiano Caruana

World No.6


Hikaru Nakamura

US Number 1


Veselin Topalov

World No.2


Alexander Grischuk

World No.14





Vishy Anand

Former World Ch.


Anish Giri

World No.9


Levon Aronian

World No.7


Michael Adams

England No.1


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

World No.12


Each tournament in the Grand Chess Tour has a prize fund of $300,000 and there is a bonus pool of $150,000 for the top three finishers in the Grand Tour based on their overall performance to make a total prize fund of over 1 million dollars.


The rules and regulations of the Grand Chess Tour are here and current standings after Norway Chess are here. The schedule of the main event is here and tickets will go on sale in September.


There will be a chess festival alongside the Classic and details will be announced shortly.


We look forward to seeing you!


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20-board Simultaneous Displays

Three English Grandmasters will be giving simultaneous displays in the foyer at the London Chess Classic.



Jonathan Speelman (centre) will play 20 opponents at 6:00pm on Tuesday 8th December. Jonathan is a former World Championship semi-finalist and World number four, celebrated for his original style of play.



John Nunn (left) will play 20 opponents, at 6:00pm on Thursday 10th December. John is highly acclaimed as an author, three-time World Problem-Solving Champion and former top-ten player.


Luke McShane will also play 20 opponents, at 6:00pm on Friday 11th December. Luke, a financial trader by profession, is the world’s strongest grandmaster and is ranked in the world top 60.


All proceeds to go to Chess in Schools and Communities. To reserve your place, email  - £20 per board.

Chess Pro-Biz Cup 2015 - Press Release

2 Nov 2015


Team Up with one of your Chess Heroes



The Pro-Biz Cup, now in its third year, gives you the opportunity of a lifetime: to team up with one of your chess heroes. To be held on Monday 14 December from 10am to 4pm at the Hilton London Olympia and broadcast live on the internet, this unique event will be a fitting conclusion to the 7th London Chess Classic.


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New Elite Event at the London Chess Classic - Press Release

23 Nov 2015



A new high-level event is joining the extensive list of tournaments that make up the 7th London Chess Classic Festival: Eight of Britain’s best chess players, with the exception of Michael Adams, who plays in the Classic itself, will contest the inaugural British Knockout Championship.


The prize fund dwarfs that available in the British Championship and the winner of the British Knockout Championship will get a hefty £20,000.


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7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 4

9 Oct 2015


Tickets for the London Chess Classic and Online Entry for the Festival available


Tickets are now available for the 7th London Chess Classic, which, besides being the strongest tournament ever to be held on British soil, will also decide the winner of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. This is your chance to watch ten of the world’s very best players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen, battle it out at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, from December 4-13.


Daily tickets cost £20 each, while the season pass is a bargain at only £100, which is 9 rounds for the price of 5! Entry is free for women and under 25s (UK residents only) and all you need to do is register online.


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Free School Chess Events

7 Sept 2015


The 7th London Chess Classic school events take place at Olympia from Monday 7 to Friday 11 December 2015.


CSC school events at previous Classics have proved great successes and we are pleased to announce that we shall be running them again this year.


Further information here | Free School Events Registration |

Grand Chess Tour Announces 2016 Schedule

World’s top players will compete in 2nd year of the tour




Saint Louis (April 24, 2015) – The Grand Chess Tour has announced its schedule and dates for the 2016 circuit. The announcement came at the conclusion of the Sinquefield Cup, the second stop on the inaugural year of the tour.


The 2016 schedule will feature the same three tournaments as this year’s tour with Norway Chess, Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic. The Grand Chess Tour has quickly established itself as the premier chess circuit in the world, featuring 10 of the top players in the world.


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LCC Tickets and Entries LIVE!




Season Pass or Day Pass



*Women and U25s can go free.

Enter promotional code 'CSCFREE'.

*UK residents only




Registration Open



Free entry for GM/IMS, *Women and U25s before Friday 27 November.

*UK residents only


Something for everyone!

The 2015 London Chess Classic will have something for everyone. Over the 10 days a Chess Festival will run alongside the elite tournament. Choose from: 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 £13,000!) on 12-13 December.





FIDE Open (9 round Swiss) - guaranteed £15,500 prize fund.

Weekenders - 4 sections: Open, U2000, U1800, ECF U120.

Weekday - 2 sections: FIDE U2000 & ECF U135.

Super Rapidplay Open - over £13,000 prize fund.


More about the UK’s largest chess festival events.


The 3rd Chess and Education Conference will take place on December 5-6.



Social Chess Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Press release | 15 Sept 2015


The European Chess Union and Chess in Schools and Communities are joining forces to provide the first ever professional program for social entrepreneurs in chess.



As part of the London Chess Classic with its London Chess and Education Conference 2015 on the theme 'Chess and Society' the best applicants will come together for a professional crash course in social entrepreneurship and a best project competition. The ECU is offering six stipendia to be decided after the submission deadline of 6 October.


On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December, the participants will, along with following the conference, pitch their project or project idea first to an expert jury and then to the conference audience at large.


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7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 3

8 Sept 2015


All set for Grand Chess Tour Showdown in London


The inaugural Grand Chess Tour could hardly have produced a more exciting climax as the countdown begins to the 3rd and final leg at the London Chess Classic. Chess lovers enjoyed top-class fighting chess during the first two legs of the Grand Chess Tour and after Levon Aronian’s victory at the Sinquefield Cup, almost all the players are still in with a chance of winning the overall trophy.


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7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 2

2 August 2015


Michael Adams completes line-up for the London Chess Classic 2015


The 10th and last player to join the incredible line-up of the 7th London Chess Classic is none other than England’s number 1, Michael Adams. It is no surprise the Englishman is the recipient of the organisers’ wildcard, seeing as he has been the English number one since 1999 and was once ranked number 4 in the world. Despite being the second oldest participant in the field (after Anand), Adams keeps posting impressive performances and has been a member of the world elite for the better part of 20 years now.


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7th London Chess Classic - Press Release 1

20 July 2015


The London Chess Classic has long established itself as one of the preeminent events on the chess calendar. This year’s edition will surpass its predecessors, as the presence of ten of the world’s top-ranked players will ensure the 7th Classic is the strongest tournament ever held on British soil.


The catalyst for this is the creation of the Grand Chess Tour.


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