Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London

   

Super Rapidplay Open ~ Day 1

07.12.14 - At the halfway stage of the London Super Rapidplay Open, the six overnight leaders on 5/5 are Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Matthew Sadler and David Howell (both of England).

 

 
 
   

Just behind on 4½ are Vishy Anand and Mickey Adams of the elite group, plus Simon Williamsand Nick Pert of England and Eric Hansen of Canada. The final five rounds will be played on Sunday 7 December, starting at 12 noon UK time.

 

Some of the names on the leader board already indicate that this is the open rapidplay to end all open rapidplays. A reminder of the star names turning out ...

 

Report from Day 1 by John Saunders

 

Gawain Jones vs. Romain Edouard

 

6-game, Challenge Match, starting Wednesday 10 December 2014

Two leading grandmasters from either side of the Channel, Romain Edouard (FIDE 2659) of France and Gawain Jones (FIDE 2661) of England, will contest a six-game match to run alongside the London Classic from 10-14 December. Five of the six games of their match take place at Olympia before they relocate to Hampstead and play their sixth and final game alongside the first round of the Brambles Administration Ltd International which starts on 15 December. 

 

More about this event here

 


Kasparov at the Classic!

Book Signing - Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 4pm

Legendary world chess champion Garry Kasparov will be at the London Chess Classic on Wednesday 10 December at 4pm to sign copies of his latest book ‘Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 3: 1993-2005’. This is the last in a major three-volume series covering the final phase in his stellar career from 1993 through to his retirement from professional play in 2005.

 

 

 
 
   

Since retiring from competitive play, Garry Kasparov has gone on to write a whole series of ground-breaking books featuring insightful analysis and definitive insider accounts of all the major incidents and controversies that occurred during his amazing career.

 

This final work in his latest trilogy covers his final years as world champion up to 2000, followed by his unabated successes as the world's number one player right through to his final tournament in 2005.

 

Copies of this work and others by Kasparov will be available to purchase in the foyer bookstall for signature by the world’s greatest ever exponent of our game.

 

Garry Kasparov - Part III: 1993-2005

 

Photo © Ray Morris-Hill

 


Training Courses at the Classic

CSC will be running their one-day courses during the Classic. These courses are designed for new chess tutors, teachers, mentors and parents who are involved in school chess.

 

Click for further details.

 


Festival Entry Form

23.9.14 - Chess in Schools and Communities is pleased to publish the Festival Entry form for the 6th Classic. The main events include:

 

 

Super Rapidplay Open - over £25,000 prize fund.

FIDE Open (9 round Swiss) - with a guaranteed £11,500 prize fund.

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

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

 

 


Pro-Biz Cup, 9 December 2014

 

A unique chance to play chess alongside world champions!

 

 
 

24.11.14 - The first partnerships in the Pro-Biz Cup have been settled: Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward will play alongside English grandmaster Gawain Jones and Hikaru Nakamura will be partnering by Jeremy Hodgson who is sponsored by his company, Interactive Data.

 

Find out how you can support them | See the final bids here

 

 

Free School Chess Events

 
 
   

The 6th London Chess Classic school events take place at Olympia from Monday 8 to Friday 12 December 2014.

 

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 |

 


Chess and Mathematics ~ Chess and Education Conference

Sat 6 - Sun 7 December 2014

04.12.14 - The second London Chess and Education Conference will bring together leading experts on school chess and mathematics education on 6 and 7 December 2014 at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington. Presentations from the US, Denmark, Hungary and Italy will provide best practice examples of how to connect school chess and mathematics. New research from Italy, UK, Sweden and Denmark will shed light on the impact of chess on mathematics learning in primary education.

 

Conference Website | Programme | Registration |


Juniors play a Superstar!

05.12.14 - The Super Six will compete against junior players in the first round. Below is the draw, made on Thursday. Thereafter, tournament pairings will be made in the usual way, so, as the UK lottery adverts used to say... it could be you!

 

Round 1 (12.00 start ~ East Hall)
Hikaru Nakamura (White) vs Theodore Slade
Fabiano Caruana (Black) vs Richard Zhu
Vishy Anand (White) vs Rishul Karia
Mickey Adams (Black) vs William Golding
Vladimir Kramnik (White) vs Naomi Wei 
Anish Giri (Black)  vs  Alexander Jamieson
 
   

 


Play a Superstar! Super Rapidplay Open (6-7 December 2014)

This year’s London Chess Classic offers a unique opportunity for a few amateur players to experience what it’s like to face a legend of the game in a genuine one-to-one tournament game.

 

Before the superstars cross swords with each other (10-14 December), the ‘Super Six’ are going to take part in the ten-round Super Rapidplay Open, over the weekend of 6-7 December, which is open to all to enter. The time limit is 25 minutes for all the moves, with ten-second increments. The first prize is £8,000.

 

Let’s have a look at the sort of opposition a competitor could face if the Swiss pairings fell kindly...

 

No.

Name

Country

Age

Classical Rating

Classical Ranking

Rapid Rating

Rapid Ranking

1

Fabiano Caruana

Italy

22

2829

2

2858

1

2

Viswanathan Anand

India

44

2793

6

2809

6

3

Hikaru Nakamura

USA

26

2775

7

2800

9

4

Vladimir Kramnik

Russia

39

2769

9

2773

13

5

Anish Giri

Netherlands

20

2768

10

2674

70

6

Michael Adams

England

43

2745

14

2764

17

 

The Super Six will compete against junior players in the first round. A draw will be made on Thursday. Thereafter, tournament pairings will be made in the usual way, so, as the UK national lottery adverts used to say... it could be you!

 

Seriously, this could be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a keen competitor. Playing a superstar in a simul is a special experience, but a one-to-one game against an elite player is in a different dimension altogether.

 

Read more about this unique event ...

 

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

 

 


6th London Chess Classic (6-14 December 2014): The Super Six

4.10.14 - The ‘Super Six’ players who will compete in both the ten-round Super Rapidplay Open (6-7 December) and the five-round ‘Super Six’ classical chess tournament (10-14 December; rounds 1-3 start at 16.00 GMT, rounds 4-5 at 14.00 GMT) are as follows.

 

         

Fabiano Caruana

  Vishy Anand   Hikaru Nakamura   Vladimir Kramnik   Anish Giri   Michael Adams

(ITA) 2829

 

(IND) 2793

  (USA) 2775   (RUS) 2769  

(NED) 2768

 

(ENG) 2745

 

The above players will also take part in the Super Rapidplay Open taking place Sat 6 and Sun 7 December.

 

The event is open to everyone and will feature the Super Six and many other GMs. The Super Six will compete against junior players in the first round. A draw will be made on Thursday. UK residents U25 and women receive free entry.

 

 

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

Read full press release ...

 


Festival Entry Form

23.9.14 - Chess in Schools and Communities is pleased to publish the Festival Entry form for the 6th Classic. The main events include:

 

 

Super Rapidplay Open - over £25,000 prize fund.

FIDE Open (9 round Swiss) - with a guaranteed £11,500 prize fund.

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

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

 

 


   

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