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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. Some of the highlights of his career include reaching the final of the 2004 FIDE World Championship and winning the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2013. Having played in all six previous editions of the London Chess Classic, the Cornishman will surely yet again be eager to show his best chess on home turf.

 

Below is the final line-up for the London Chess Classic, with the updated August ratings. The field boasts a staggering 2791 rating average, which, as things stand, makes this a category 22 tournament.

 

No. Name Country Age Rating Ranking
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway 242853 1
2 Viswanathan Anand India 45 2816 2
3 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria 40 2816 3
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 27 2814 4
5 Fabiano Caruana USA 22 2808 5
6 Anish Giri Netherlands 21 2793 6
7 Alexander Grischuk Russia 31 2771 9
8 Levon Aronian Armenia 32 2765 11
9 Michael Adams England 43 2740 18
10 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 24 2731 26

 

Here is the impressive line-up. The 9 players who compete in all three tournaments will be joined by a player nominated by the LCC whose name will be announced shortly.

 

 

However, this list did not take into account the Biel tournament, which ended on the 30th July and saw Maxime Vachier-Lagrave score a treble, making it a record 4th victory in the history of this event. Thanks to this performance, the Frenchman leapfrogged Adams to climb to the 16th place on the live ranking list. Vachier-Lagrave now has a live rating of 2744, while Adams follows him closely on 2742.

 

With only 3 weeks to go until the start of the Sinquefield Cup, we will keep a close eye on the evolution of the world rankings and with a little bit of luck, the 7th London Chess Classic will be the first tournament in history to see the participation of 6 (or more) players rated over 2800 on the official FIDE list.

 

In order not to miss any updates on the tournament, make sure to follow the tournament’s official website as well as Twitter account!

 

Fiona Steil - Antoni

Press Officer

 

 

 

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.

 

The London Chess Classic has joined forces with Norway Chess and the Sinquefield Cup to create a whole new chess cycle. Each tournament has a prize fund of $300,000 and there is a bonus pool of $150,000 for the top three finishers in the overall standings of the Grand Chess Tour, making for a total prize fund of over 1 million dollars. The London Chess Classic will be the climax of the Grand Chess Tour with potentially over $100,000 at stake in the last round. As in previous years, the LCC will take place at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London. The action will start on the 4th December and the last round (as well as the playoffs, if needed) will be played on the 13th December, with one rest day on the 9th December. You can find the schedule here.

 

No. Name Country Age Rating Ranking
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway 242853 1
2 Viswanathan Anand India 45 2816 2
3 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria 40 2816 3
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 27 2814 4
5 Fabiano Caruana USA 22 2808 5
6 Anish Giri Netherlands 21 2793 6
7 Alexander Grischuk Russia 31 2771 9
8 Levon Aronian Armenia 32 2765 11
9 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 24 2731 26
10 Organiser's wildcard        

 

Here is the impressive line-up. The 9 players who compete in all three tournaments will be joined by a player nominated by the LCC whose name will be announced shortly.

 

 

The one player everybody is of course looking forward to welcoming back to London is World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who will be eager to add a 4th title to his tally, after winning the event in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

 

The American number one, Hikaru Nakamura, is another former champion, having won the title in 2013, while Vishy Anand, the former World Champion, will be returning to London to defend the title he acquired here last year. Besides these familiar faces, three players will be making their London Chess Classic debut: Veselin Topalov (the winner of Norway Chess, the first stage of the Grand Chess Tour), Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

 

However, with over 4 months to go before the tournament starts, these ratings and rankings are likely to change and we will keep an eye on every player’s performances leading up to the event. We will be bringing you regular updates during the Sinquefield Cup, which takes place from the 22nd August to the 3rd September in Saint Louis, and which will set the stage for the final overall standings of the Grand Chess Tour, before the players reunite for a final time in London in December 2015.

 

As is usual at the London Chess Classic, spectators will not only be able to follow the action from the comfort of their homes on the official website, but also in the Olympia Auditorium and its surroundings, where live commentary will be provided. Tickets for what is going to be the strongest tournament ever to be held in the UK will go on sale in September.

 

A chess festival, including the traditional international open, will be held alongside the Classic, and details for that, as well as for all other side events, will be announced on the official website shortly.

 

Fiona Steil - Antoni

Press Officer

 

 

 
 

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