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Matthew Peat
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London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Peat » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:03 pm

I wondered if anyone had heard whether there will be an event this year as I don't want to put aside a week's annual holiday unless it is.

I am aware that the WC final in November probably precludes the involvement of Carlsen and Anand. Also there were statements made around the fundraising efforts during last year's LCC implying that money needed to be raised to ensure this year's event suggesting some uncertainty and no statement (that I have seen) as yet from Malcolm Pein indicating there will be an event (although maybe it is a bit early)

Hoping someone on here has some inside knowledge............................

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:30 pm

Matthew Peat wrote:I wondered if anyone had heard whether there will be an event this year as I don't want to put aside a week's annual holiday unless it is.

I am aware that the WC final in November probably precludes the involvement of Carlsen and Anand. Also there were statements made around the fundraising efforts during last year's LCC implying that money needed to be raised to ensure this year's event suggesting some uncertainty and no statement (that I have seen) as yet from Malcolm Pein indicating there will be an event (although maybe it is a bit early)

Hoping someone on here has some inside knowledge............................
Same as every other year, wait for an announcement which is normally around May time (from memory). Maybe the 4NCL Wood Green meal will be the place to recruitment the super GMs :lol:

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Sean Hewitt » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:16 pm

Matthew Peat wrote:I wondered if anyone had heard whether there will be an event this year as I don't want to put aside a week's annual holiday unless it is.

Hoping someone on here has some inside knowledge............................
Work and negotiations are ongoing. Everyone is hopeful that it will happen but, as Loz said, it will be announced as soon as everything is confirmed (or otherwise). Sorry I can't be more definitive than that at this stage.

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Post by Paolo Casaschi » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:07 pm

Sean Hewitt wrote:Work and negotiations are ongoing. Everyone is hopeful that it will happen but, as Loz said, it will be announced as soon as everything is confirmed (or otherwise). Sorry I can't be more definitive than that at this stage.
Could you at least share whether the tentative dates are still the first half of December or alternative dates are considered?

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Post by Sean Hewitt » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:32 pm

Paolo Casaschi wrote:
Sean Hewitt wrote:Work and negotiations are ongoing. Everyone is hopeful that it will happen but, as Loz said, it will be announced as soon as everything is confirmed (or otherwise). Sorry I can't be more definitive than that at this stage.
Could you at least share whether the tentative dates are still the first half of December or alternative dates are considered?
The provisional start date is Saturday 7th December 2013 (but please don't hold me to that).

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Post by Robin Williams » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:07 pm

Has there been any update on this?

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Post by Colin Patterson » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:46 pm

Malcolm said in his CHESS editorial a week or so ago that there was still no decision yet, but thought it likely that there would be an announcement in the next issue ( - so in about 3 weeks time then).

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Post by Tristan Clayton » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:02 pm

According to the LCC Facebook and Twitter feeds, the 5th London Chess Classic is on, from 7-15 December.

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Post by Michael Bennett » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:10 pm

Announced today:

"The London Chess Classic
5th London Classic, December 7-15, 2013

I am delighted to announce that the 5th London Chess Classic will take place at Olympia from Saturday December 7th to Sunday December 15th. The 5th Classic will not feature top level Classical Chess, but it will be headlined by a world class Rapid tournament as well some celebrity contests if I can find some celebs that are brave enough.

The switch to Rapid is because Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen will doubtless be very tired so soon after the conclusion of their world title match at Chennai which is scheduled to end on November 26th.

The schools events will be expanded and the festival, with weekenders, FIDE Open, simultaneous displays and lectures will take place as usual.

The FIDE Open will probably act as a qualifier for the main event and there will be some Blindfold Chess and Chess 960 so it should be an all round chess extravaganza.

Tickets will go on sale in September after the field has been finalised. The venue will again be Olympia.

Please watch this site for more information including the festival entry form. Latest developments will be posted on Twitter via @londonclassic. Once again there’ll be a cutting edge live broadcast and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the biggest Classic ever.

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Chess in Schools and Communities"
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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Colin S Crouch » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:22 pm

More questions than answers in Malcolm Pein's recent announcement.

Malcolm noted that:
"The switch to Rapid is because Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen will doubtless be very tired so soon after the conclusion of their world title match at Chennai which is scheduled to end on November 26th."

Does this really stack up? However great a player might be, Carlsen is not the only outstanding grandmaster in the world, and similarly Anand. It would still be an enthralling event, even without Carlsen and Anand. This would be so, even with the competing attractions of FIDE's World Team Championships (Armenia, China, Ukraine, Russia. etc). It would still be a dream tournament without the top ten teams. Concentrating on youth, and the thought of who is the player younger than Carlsen, we might have:

Caruana 2796, Italy, aged 20;
Giri 2734, Netherkands, 18;
Vachier-Lagrave, France, 22;
Le Quang, 2712, Vietnam, 22;
So, 2708, Philippines, 19.

Three of these players have beaten Carlsen in full-length games since 2011. One of these, who knows, might become World Champion before too long. And definitely strong opposition to the top English players. None of these players has taken part in the London Classic.

A cynic might assume that the super-grandmaster all-play-all even at London Olympia has quietly been dropped, making the excuse of the forthcoming World Championship.

Clarification please? It would be sad if such an innovative event is to dropped permanently.

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Post by benedgell » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:14 pm

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/downl ... press1.pdf

"... this year the Classic will be headlined by a world-class Rapid tournament (25 minutes + 10 seconds per move) that will start on Wednesday 11th December and finish on Sunday 15th December.

This will feature a 16-player field split into four groups, with the top two from each group qualifying for the quarter final knockout stages. Scoring will be 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss (Sofia Rules will apply regarding draw offers).

And the first two players to sign up for the 5th Classic are both big crowdpleasers: World Champion Anand and the US No.1 Hikaru Nakamura...

The schools events will be expanded and the festival, with weekenders, FIDE Open, simultaneous displays and lectures will all take place as usual -- but look out for what could be a novelty twist to the FIDE Open! The smorgasbord of chess at the London Classic will also include Pro-Celebrity Chess, Blindfold Chess and Chess 960. Tickets will go on sale in September after the field has been finalised. Tickets will again be free for children."

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Post by Mick Norris » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:33 am

Kramnik confirmed as well

Interesting line up of events around the Classic too
http://londonchessclassic.com/festival_schedules.htm
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:41 am

http://londonchessclassic.com/press_rel ... mniktoplay

" Kramnik now joins World Champion Vishy Anand and the US No.1, Hikaru Nakamura as the the third player to have confirmed they will play in the 5th London Chess Classic. The rest of the 16-player Rapid field will be announced in the coming week. "

16 players. Wonder how many will be previous Classic players. Some will be new, obviously.

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Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:14 am

Mick Norris wrote: Interesting line up of events around the Classic too
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'm not sure what I think of starting play every day at 4.30pm during the week in the FIDE Open. If commuting, it can make for a daily experience of late night trains. It can also get busy trying to reach the venue for the start time.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Post by Matthew Turner » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:32 am

Does anyone know yet how the qualification for the rapidplay (from the FIDE open?) works?

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