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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Alex Holowczak » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:33 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:I don't think I have suggested not organising the Blitz.
You suggested the Blitz wasn't organised: Look:
Roger de Coverly (on page 1) wrote:A cut back on events with FIDE rating, only the nine rounder, the Womens and one of the weekenders. None of the rapidplays or Blitz. Presumably an effect of recent FIDE regulations.
I've now looked at the schedule of side-events online, which lists different events from the one you posted above, but Sean seems to have subsequently explained the reason for that.

What it shows is that the Rapidplays and Blitzes are being organised, and are in fact are FIDE-rated. The reason for culling the mid-week Blitzes would appear to be the 4:30pm start, rather than the recent FIDE regulations.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:45 am

Alex Holowczak wrote:What it shows is that the Rapidplays and Blitzes are being organised, and are in fact are FIDE-rated. The reason for culling the mid-week Blitzes would appear to be the 4:30pm start, rather than the recent FIDE regulations.
I wrote "A cut back on events that are FIDE rated". In other words the events are being run, but not FIDE rated. Sean later said that it is intended the events will in fact be FIDE rated, it just doesn't say so in the press release. Presumably a risk warning about not bothering to enter unless you have a FIDE number will be needed.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Lunn » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:33 pm

Caruana, Gelfand, Svidler and Polgar sign up to play in 5th London Chess Classic:

Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce that another four international stars, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler and Judit Polgar have accepted their invitation to play in the 5th London Chess Classic to be staged at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, running from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th December.

Fabiano Caruana, 21, is the Miami-born, Brooklyn-raised former chess prodigy who beat Bobby Fischer’s record of becoming the youngest American grandmaster. He holds both Italian and American citizenship, and plays under the Italian tricolour. In the last year or so, so, Caruana has burst onto the elite stage with some superb results. Currently, he is ranked World number five on the September 2013 FIDE rating list.

Boris Gelfand, 45, is the Belarus-born Israeli grandmaster who, nearly a quarter-century ago, became a World Top 10 player and qualified for a number of World Championship Candidates events. But just when everyone thought his best days were behind him, he made a dramatic comeback to win the Candidates to challenge Vishy Anand in last year’s World Championship match, where he lost in the play-offs. And his Indian summer continues: this year, he tied for first in the Alekhine Memorial in Paris and St. Petersburg followed by clear first at the Tal Memorial in Moscow.

Peter Svidler, 36, is the erudite and popular St. Petersburg grandmaster, former World Cup winner, and multi-time Candidates qualifier with a record-breaking six Russian championship titles to his name. But he’s not your stereotypical Russian grandmaster, because Svidler is a big cricketing fan who owns a complete set of the cricketer’s almanack Wisden, and once had a letter read out by Henry Blofeld on the BBC’s Test Match Special.

Judit Polgar, 37, from Budapest, Hungary is a phenomenon in the game. At the age of 15, she broke Bobby Fischer’s near 30-year record for becoming the youngest Grandmaster. Polgar is the best woman player of all time and the only woman currently in the world’s Top 100. At her peak she was in the Top 10 and would regularly do battle in Super GM tournaments with the likes of Kasparov, Karpov and Anand.

Caruana, Gelfand, Svidler and Polgar now join World Champion Vishy Anand, recent World Cup winner Vladimir Kramnik and the US No.1, Hikaru Nakamura to have confirmed they will play in the 5th London Chess Classic. The rest of the 16-player field will be announced early next week.
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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:10 pm

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by JustinHadi » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:19 am

Looks great! Really looking forward to this event.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Lunn » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Top six English players to play in 5th London Chess Classic:

Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce today that the six leading English players, Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell and Gawain Jones have accepted their invitation to play in the 5th London Chess Classic to be staged at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, running from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th December.

Life begins at 41 for the UK No.1, Michael Adams, who was one of the world’s best players in the 1990s. He was a four-time semi-finalist (1993, 1997, 1999 and 2000) in World Championship events, and in 2004 he made it to the final. He was ranked No.4 in the world in 2001 and 2002, but by 2009 had dropped to No.50.

Since then, the popular Cornishman has seen a renaissance in his game with a return to elite status; and this summer, he scored the biggest tournament victory of his career by winning the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, ahead of a field that included Vladimir Kramnik, the former world champion and world No. 3, and Fabiano Caruana of Italy, who is ranked fifth.

Luke McShane, 29, and Matthew Sadler, 39, both follow in that quaint English tradition -- much like C.H.O’D Alexander and Jonathan Penrose, who shocked top Soviet stars such as Botvinnik, Bronstein and Tal -- by being regarded as the world’s top two amateur players, as they hold down very demanding full-time professional jobs. McShane works in finance in the City, and Sadler in IT in The Netherlands - but while chess is now a “hobby” for both, the English No’s. 2 and 4 respectively still play to a very high standard.

Globe-trotting Nigel Short continues to add further successes to his long list of tournament victories, with this summer seeing the English No.3 share first prize in the Sigeman Invitational in Malmo, Sweden, and first on tiebreak in the Canadian Open Championship in Ottawa; and, on both occasions, ahead of talented younger rising stars.

Short, 48, consistently performs at or close to the elite GM 2700 rating level, as he fights off younger rivals by using his wealth of experience from a glittering career whose peaks include victory at the VAS Amsterdam tournament in 1991, ahead of Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, a Candidates match victory over Karpov in 1992 and a world title challenge in 1993 to Kasparov. Short is also in demand as an online commentator for some of the world’s top tournaments -- but we are always glad to see him play!

David Howell, 22, and Gawain Jones, 25, are, respectively, the English No. 5 and 6, and also the last two winners of the British Championship titles - Howell storming to victory this summer in Torquay, for his second title (which he dedicated to his late father), and Jones, winning last year in North Shields. Both represented England at the very top at junior level, and have now become a regular fixture for their country at Olympiads and European Team Championships.

Adams, McShane, Short, Sadler, Howell and Jones will be cheered on by the patriotic home crowd expected to fill the Kensington Olympia, as they go into battle in the 5th London Chess Classic with the tough elite opposition of World Champion Vishy Anand, World Cup winner Kramnik, Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler and Judit Polgar. The composition of the remainder of the 16-player field will be announced next week.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Lunn » Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:47 pm

Tickets are now available to buy online: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/tickets.htm

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Lunn » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:53 am

Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce today a novel way for any chess player, of any rating, to have their dream come true and compete alongside the World’s Elite and the Best of British at the 5th London Chess Classic, running from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th December 2013.

This year the LCC FIDE Open will qualify the two highest-scoring players after four rounds into the ‘Super Sixteen’ Rapidplay that features an all-star cast headed by World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the former champion Vladimir Kramnik. If more than two players are tied at the end of round four, the spots will be decided on a rating tie-break (the two players with the highest rating going forward). Anyone transferred will not lose out financially, as the lowest prize in the Super Sixteen is equivalent to the top prize in the FIDE Open.

This means there are now 15 spots accounted for in the Super Sixteen. And we are also announcing today that the final slot will be decided by a ‘Wild card’ selection to be announced by the organisers of the London Chess Classic in late November 2013.

The London Chess Classic FIDE Open is fast becoming one of the must-play Swiss Events on the international calendar - and this year, it will have a bumper prize-fund of over £10,000 (!), as well as the guaranteed participation of a minimum of 12 Grandmasters.

The 5th London Chess Classic will again be the largest Chess Festival held in the UK. Apart from the headlining Super Sixteen and the FIDE Open, there will also be a smorgasbord of side events catering for players of all ages and all ratings: a FIDE Weekday Tournament, 2 Weekend Tournaments, 4 Rapidplay Tournaments, 4 Blitz Tournaments and 3 Grandmaster Simultaneous Displays from past British Champions Julian Hodgson, John Nunn and Jon Speelman.

It promises to be the best chess you’ll play or see all year! The 5th London Chess Classic will run from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th December at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington.

Click for more information and to enter online.

For ticket and tournament related queries, call our hotline now: 020 7486 7015.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by John Brewitt » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:21 am

1)The question that no-one dares to ask: Is Magnus Carlsen playing in the Classic again? The silence so far is deafening.

2) Can we pay at the door or do we have to put up with the extortionate online booking fees?

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by LawrenceCooper » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:33 am

John Brewitt wrote:1)The question that no-one dares to ask: Is Magnus Carlsen playing in the Classic again? The silence so far is deafening.

2) Can we pay at the door or do we have to put up with the extortionate online booking fees?
I suspect that the wild card announcement in November will come soon after the World Championship match finishes.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:34 am

It appears that if you aren't an ECF Gold member and don't have a FIDE rating code, you won't be allowed to play in the various FIDE rated standard play events.

No stipulation regarding FIDE rating codes has been made for the Rapid-play events and the Blitz isn't on the entry form. So does FIDE's recent diktat regarding rating codes only apply to standard play?

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Lunn » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:17 pm

Hi John. Tickets will cost the same at the venue, although we cannot guarantee their availability.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:21 pm

Matthew Lunn wrote: Tickets will cost the same at the venue, although we cannot guarantee their availability.
Is there a good reason for expressing the prices as £ x + £ y booking fee? Organisations like airlines doing this have been required to express the price as £ (x+y).

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Graham Borrowdale » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:01 pm

Matt, thanks for all of the info.

So, an afternoon session comprises 4 games followed by 4 games, then the evening session comprises 4, followed by another 4. Each session is £17.50, or £27.50 for the 2 sessions on the same day. Hope I have got that right. Perhaps a little bit steep (you could buy a year's Gold Membership of the ECF for the price of a day ticket), but it will be interesting to see how the market reacts to that pricing.

The difference with watching the traditional format, with 5-6 hour games, is that you can dip in and out of the games in the auditorium, visit the commentary room, look at the FIDE open, then go back, without losing the thread of the games. With rapidplay I imagine there will be more of a tendency to stay in one place for the hour or so that the games will take.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by MJMcCready » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:10 am

Matthew Lunn wrote:Top six English players to play in 5th London Chess Classic:

Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce today that the six leading English players, Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell and Gawain Jones have accepted their invitation to play in the 5th London Chess Classic to be staged at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, running from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 15th December.

Life begins at 41 for the UK No.1, Michael Adams, who was one of the world’s best players in the 1990s. He was a four-time semi-finalist (1993, 1997, 1999 and 2000) in World Championship events, and in 2004 he made it to the final. He was ranked No.4 in the world in 2001 and 2002, but by 2009 had dropped to No.50.

Since then, the popular Cornishman has seen a renaissance in his game with a return to elite status; and this summer, he scored the biggest tournament victory of his career by winning the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, ahead of a field that included Vladimir Kramnik, the former world champion and world No. 3, and Fabiano Caruana of Italy, who is ranked fifth.

Luke McShane, 29, and Matthew Sadler, 39, both follow in that quaint English tradition -- much like C.H.O’D Alexander and Jonathan Penrose, who shocked top Soviet stars such as Botvinnik, Bronstein and Tal -- by being regarded as the world’s top two amateur players, as they hold down very demanding full-time professional jobs. McShane works in finance in the City, and Sadler in IT in The Netherlands - but while chess is now a “hobby” for both, the English No’s. 2 and 4 respectively still play to a very high standard.

Globe-trotting Nigel Short continues to add further successes to his long list of tournament victories, with this summer seeing the English No.3 share first prize in the Sigeman Invitational in Malmo, Sweden, and first on tiebreak in the Canadian Open Championship in Ottawa; and, on both occasions, ahead of talented younger rising stars.

Short, 48, consistently performs at or close to the elite GM 2700 rating level, as he fights off younger rivals by using his wealth of experience from a glittering career whose peaks include victory at the VAS Amsterdam tournament in 1991, ahead of Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, a Candidates match victory over Karpov in 1992 and a world title challenge in 1993 to Kasparov. Short is also in demand as an online commentator for some of the world’s top tournaments -- but we are always glad to see him play!

David Howell, 22, and Gawain Jones, 25, are, respectively, the English No. 5 and 6, and also the last two winners of the British Championship titles - Howell storming to victory this summer in Torquay, for his second title (which he dedicated to his late father), and Jones, winning last year in North Shields. Both represented England at the very top at junior level, and have now become a regular fixture for their country at Olympiads and European Team Championships.

Adams, McShane, Short, Sadler, Howell and Jones will be cheered on by the patriotic home crowd expected to fill the Kensington Olympia, as they go into battle in the 5th London Chess Classic with the tough elite opposition of World Champion Vishy Anand, World Cup winner Kramnik, Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler and Judit Polgar. The composition of the remainder of the 16-player field will be announced next week.
I noticed that in previous years the English players created their own tournament, playing their best games against each other almost, with most of them at the bottom of the table. It would be nice to see less of this and more combative play against their superior foreign opponents.

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