The 'Super Sixteen' GM Rapidplay featuring the World's Elite and the
Best of British got underway at London's Olympia Conference Centre
on Wednesday. Today we will see action in rounds 3 and 4. Games are
broadcast LIVE with video commentary and expert analysis direct from the
12.12.13 - This year’s main event at
the London Chess Classic, the Super Sixteen Rapid, began at 1400 at the
Olympia Conference Centre, with the elite players playing at a rate of
25 minutes for all the moves, plus ten seconds added per move. They are
divided up into four groups of four, with the top two qualifying for a
final knock-out phase. The point system is, as usual at the Classic, 3
points for a win and 1 for a draw.
Superstars Limber up with some Novelty Chess
11.12.13 - The fourth day of the 2013 London Chess
Classic, held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London saw
the arrival of the superstars, to take part in some novelty
events, with celebs, amateurs and representatives of the
business world, and maybe to try to gain a psychological
edge over their rivals.
There was also some crucial action
in the FIDE Open, to decide the last two places in the Super
Sixteen Rapid. Two top GMs, Andrei Istratescu of France and
Emil Sutovsky of Israel, won their fourth straight games and
earned instant promotion to the
Super 16 Rapid - Round 1
took place last week at Ravenscroft Primary
School in Newham. Pupils helped Malcolm Pein and deputy
arbiter David Sedgwick sort the players into pools and then
to complete the draw.
Play starts Wednesday 11th at 14.00. The games with video commentary and
expert analysis will be broadcast LIVE.
Tuesday 10 Dec:
The Pro-Celebrity Challenge saw stars of TV, music and sport team up with the
grandmasters to face off against another pro-celebrity team. Games were played
with 10 minutes and 10 seconds on the clock and broadcast live. Lawrence Trent
and Malcolm Pein officiated.
The seedings for the London Chess Classic ‘Super Sixteen’ are
The players will be divided into four groups consisting of one
from each pool (below) in a draw to be performed by the chess team of
Ravenscroft Primary School in Newham, London, who were the first school to take
part in the Chess in Schools and Communities scheme in 2010.
The school has excelled in local competition and will receive an
award for outstanding achievement from the British Chess Educational Trust at
the London Chess Classic next week.
Seedings are based on FIDE rapid play ratings. If a player has
no rapid play rating, the standard rating is used:
Pool 1: Hikaru Nakamura, 2812;
Vishy Anand, 2794; Peter Svidler, 2789; Fabiano Caruana, 2783.
Pool 2: Vladimir Kramnik, 2777;
Michael Adams, 2746; Boris Gelfand, 2718; Nigel Short, 2711.
Pool 3: Luke McShane, 2684; Judit
Polgar, 2669; David Howell, 2649; Matthew Sadler, 2646.
Pool 4: Gawain Jones, 2615;
Jonathan Rowson, 2569. Plus two qualifiers from the FIDE Open.
Training Courses at the Classic
CSC are running their popular one-day courses during the
These courses are designed for teachers, mentors and parents
who are involved in school chess.
The London Chess Classic showcases the hard
work done by Chess in Schools and Communities, of how chess
can be used as a very effective and invaluable educational
tool in the classroom to help children with their school
work. There has been a lot of global research done on chess
in the classroom; and many academics agree that school chess
And today, we are pleased to announce that during the Classic,
we will also be hosting the Chess and Education London Conference on the weekend
of 7th and 8th December 2013 at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington.