Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


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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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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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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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 |


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) - with a guaranteed £15,500 prize fund.

Weekend Tournaments - 4 sections: Open, U2000, U1800, ECF U120.

Weekday Tournaments - 2 sections: FIDE U2000 & ECF U135.

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






Online entry, entry form download and tickets now available.  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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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



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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London Chess Classic 2015


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 2015 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


Fabiano Caruana


Hikaru Nakamura


Veselin Topalov


Alexander Grischuk







Vishy Anand


Anish Giri


Levon Aronian


Michael Adams





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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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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