Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London





Plaudits & Letters 2010

Click to read our plaudits and letters page following the conclusion of this highly successful and enjoyable 2010 event.

London Chess Classic Winner 2010

At the prizegiving, held at Simpsons in the Strand on the evening of 15 December, the trophy and winner’s cheque for 50,000 euros was presented to the tournament winner, Magnus Carlsen.



Garry Kasparov presents the trophy and winners cheque for €50,000

to London Classic winner 2010, Magnus Carlsen. [more photos]


Winner: Magnus Carlsen.


photos © Ray Morris-Hill

Round 7 Report - by John Saunders


Magnus Carlsen clinched first place and the 50,000 euros first prize in the 2010 London Chess Classic at Olympia on Wednesday with a consummate positional win against England’s Nigel Short. Theirs was the second game to finish but the tie-break ensured that Magnus would take first regardless of other results.


Vishy Anand and Vlad Kramnik drew their game and the two results should also see Magnus Carlsen Carlsen reclaim his place at the top of the official rating list in January 2011. His mentor Garry Kasparov was present at the venue to comment on the games of the final round and see his protégé win the tournament for the second successive year.


The London Chess Classic has been another resounding success on all fronts. It provides a fitting finale to the annual world chess circuit as the top players jockey for supremacy on the rating list. The technology brought to bear on the event is simply awesome: chess fans worldwide are able to see as much of the action and post-match commentary as the lucky people in the building, both in real-time and after the event.


The players realise they are more under the spotlight than ever and respond with uncompromising play on the stage and some entertaining cut and thrust in the commentary room. The whole thing is a virtuous circle which showcases chess as the superlative leisure activity that we know it to be. The big winner here, as last year, was chess itself, so hats off to Malcolm Pein and his organising team for all their hard work.


Final Scores: 1st Magnus Carlsen 13/21, 2-3rd Vishy Anand, Luke McShane 11, 4th Hikaru Nakamura 10, 5th Vladimir Kramnik 10, 6th Mickey Adams 8, 7th David Howell 4, 8th Nigel Short 2. (Note, games are scored 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss) [Full illustrated report]

Classic games

PGN:     Round 1   Round 2   Round 3   Round 4   Round 5   Round 6   Round 7   All Games in PGN

Replay: Round 1   Round 2   Round 3   Round 4   Round 5   Round 6   Round 7   All Games Replay

Garry Kasparov visits the Classic




Garry Kasparov attended the second London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre on December 15, the day of the seventh and last round.

The former world champion agreed to make an appearance in the commentary room, which was a real treat for the spectators.

Garry was the world number-one ranked player for 255 months, by far the most of all-time and nearly three times as long as his closest rival, Anatoly Karpov. He also holds records for consecutive tournament victories and Chess Oscars.

Garry also signed copies of his My Great Predecessor books. Click to see more pictures of Garry's visit.


Is Chess a Sport?


  CNN's Don Riddell talks to World Chess Champion Vishy Anand about the physical and mental challenges of chess.


Garry, interviewed during his visit to the Classic, contributes.






Videos by Macauley Peterson




Guest of honour Victor Korchnoi simul


Viktor Korchnoi played his first of two London Classic Simuls on 9 December 2010 and scored +20, =4, -1 (to Allan Beardsworth, a former England Olympiad team manager) - John Saunders.


Click to play through some games from this great occasion. Victor's second simul is on Tues 14th Dec. (SOLD OUT).





Evening Events at the Classic


Amongst the many attractions at this year's London Classic are two high quality evening lectures to look forward to. 


GM Boris Avrukh will show some examples of theoretical novelties; the thoughts that lead to them and their application in grandmaster practice.


GM Jacob Aagaard will take the audience through the main rules underpinning a successful attack, as outlaid in his book Attacking Manual 1. [Read more]



Classic 2010 gets underway



High Commissioner of India

HE Mr. Nalin Surie makes Vishy's

first move 1.e4 at the start of round 1



All four Classic games each round are played on the staged area

in the 440-seater auditorium at the Olympia Conference Centre.


See more photos of round 1

Press Conference 2010


The press conference and drawing of lots took place at midday on Tuesday 7th December in the Olympia Conference Centre.


Heading the line-up is the world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand from India; the teenage sensation Magnus Carlsen from Norway; and Anand’s immediate predecessor as champion, Vladimir Kramnik from Russia.


Completing the field are former US Champion Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Nigel Short and Britain's two most promising young grandmasters, Luke McShane 26, and David Howell, who like Carlsen will be just 20 at the start of the tournament.




Following the drawing of lots, Tournament Director Malcolm Pein chaired a question and answer session flanked by the eight players. Sitting to his right (with a red tie) is Chief Arbiter Albert Vasse.                            


Click to see full schedule & pairingsMore photos                                                                          © photos Ray Morris-Hill

Classic - LIVE list and FIDE list

LIVE - 05 Dec 2010


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Chess in Schools and Communities


Do you love playing chess and want to help others improve their game? Then become a chess coach! There are two courses available at this year's London Classic:

1) An Introductory Course for Teachers - this is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants or those planning on becoming professional chess trainers.

2) A Skills Development Course for Chess Tutors – this is for existing chess teachers who want to further develop their general teaching skills.

Read more about this exciting opportunity.



Classic Souvenirs


The London Chess Classic has been another resounding success on all fronts.


The London Chess Centre is the only place to get official Classic 2010 merchandise so get your part of chess history now, while stocks last!


The London Chess Centre is Europe’s biggest chess shop and chess resource. They stock everything you need to learn or enjoy the game. Unlike most online stores their shop is located in the heart of London.


Their mail order service is second to none and they ship worldwide. Click to see all the Classic souvenirs on sale.

School activities announced

Schools are welcome to visit the London Chess Classic for free chess coaching from 10.30-12.30 daily on 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th and 15th Dec.


We will have professional chess coaches (CRB certificated) on hand to give individual or group lessons or to answer your questions about setting up a chess club. There will be lessons prepared for all levels from absolute beginners upwards.


Pupils and teachers are also welcome to stay and spectate in the afternoon either in the auditorium or the commentary room. All activities are free for schools. If you have any questions just email or phone 07808 795 838. [Further details]



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