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Roger de Coverly
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London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:48 am

The London Chess Classic has announced dates and nine of the ten participants.
http://www.londonchessclassic.com/press_releases.htm
It's remaining at the Olympia venue.

No announcements yet on the format of the accompanying tournaments. The Classic has a ten day format, starting on Friday, December 4th, with a rest day on Wednesday 10th.

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/gct_schedule.htm

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Carl Hibbard » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:27 am

Howell as the wildcard maybe?
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Post by Paolo Casaschi » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:44 am

A little too late now, but it would have been a nice opportunity to have the 2015 British Champion automatically offered the wildcard.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:45 am

Carl Hibbard wrote:Howell as the wildcard maybe?
I thought I had seen an announcement that they would invite Adams. Perhaps they are reconsidering.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:14 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:No announcements yet on the format of the accompanying tournaments.
Planning is underway. I attended a meeting on the subject yesterday.

I can't give any details or any indication of when they will be announced.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Matthew Peat » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:46 pm

At the Kings Place Rapidplay last week it was announced that Michael Adams had accepted his invitation to play in the Classic. It was also confirmed that there would be no Super Rapidplay Open this year presumably due to the increase in the number of players (and playing rounds).

I have provisionally booked a week off work to play in (assuming it is being held) the Open. I am hoping the extra days will allow a more humane schedule than last year's event.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:44 pm

Matthew Peat wrote:It was also confirmed that there would be no Super Rapidplay Open this year presumably due to the increase in the number of players (and playing rounds).
Malcolm Pein has asked me to announce that there has been a change of plan. There will now be a Rapidplay Open.

The Open will have only one double round day.

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Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:40 pm

David Sedgwick wrote: The Open will have only one double round day.
Those travelling by public transport will curse the organisers if the double round day is a weekday and the round times require travelling in the morning peak.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Richard Bates » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:02 pm

Wonder if they'll have to abandon the stage with 10 players?

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Carl Hibbard » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:44 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Carl Hibbard wrote:Howell as the wildcard maybe?
I thought I had seen an announcement that they would invite Adams. Perhaps they are reconsidering.
Adams is well class but is it time for a more marketable generation like say Giri and Howell?
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Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:59 pm

Richard Bates wrote:Wonder if they'll have to abandon the stage with 10 players?
Hitherto there have been 8 players and 2 arbiters on stage.

Now there needs to be room for 10 players.

Work out who is going to get ejected.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:04 pm

Carl Hibbard wrote: Adams is well class but is it time for a more marketable generation like say Giri and Howell?
The London Chess Classic is now part of a circuit of three events and nine players, one of whom is Giri. The final place is a local wild card.

http://grandchesstour.com/content/players-glance


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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Nigel White » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:08 pm

The schedule for the accompanying events has now appeared on the London Chess Classic website:
http://www.londonchessclassic.com/festi ... edules.htm

No additional details yet, but it's useful to know what's planned.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:53 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Carl Hibbard wrote:Howell as the wildcard maybe?
I thought I had seen an announcement that they would invite Adams. Perhaps they are reconsidering.
Adams is confirmed.
The two-day rapid is on the final weekend.
The FIDE open is at the beginning and, as already stated here, only has one double-round day near the start (Saturday).
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