London Chess Classic Rapid Starts Today

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11-12-13 00:17.

Today the main event of the 5th London Chess Classic starts: the Super Sixteen Rapid. The participants are Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Mickey Adams, Peter Svidler, Luke McShane, Judit Polgar, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell, Gawain Jones, Jonathan Rowson and two qualifiers from the FIDE Open: Emil Sutovsky and Andrei Istratescu.

The rapid tournament will feature a 16-player field split into four groups, with the top two from each group qualifying for quarter final knockout stages. Scoring will be 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. The total prize fund on offer will be €150,000 - the full breakdown being: 1st €50,000; 2nd €25,000; 3rd-4th €12,500; 5th-8th €6,250; 9th-16th €3,125. The groups are divided as follows:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Luke McShane Vladimir Kramnik Boris Gelfand Nigel Short
Andrei Istratescu Jonathan Rowson Gawain Jones Fabiano Caruana
Michael Adams Matthew Sadler Hikaru Nakamura Emil Sutovsky
Vishy Anand Peter Svidler Judit Polgar David Howell

Emil Sutovsky and Andrei Istratescu were the highest rated players who were on 4/4 in the FIDE Open. Sutovsky was the first two qualify by winning his game in the 4th round:

The FIDE Open in action

Andrei Istratescu followed later, with the following win:

The rapid event starts today, but the GMs warmed up on Tuesday in the Pro-Celebrity Challenge, held at the Olympia Auditorium. Stars of TV, music and sports teamed up with the GMs and played ten-minute games which were broadcast live online with commentary by Lawrence Trent and Malcolm Pein. Each winning team received £5000 for their favourite charity. 

The celebrities: singer & bassist Shingai Shoniwa, TV personality Alex Zane, hip-hop artist Lethal Bizzle & football legend Edgar Davids

Garry Kasparov, attending a Chess in Schools conference in London, posing with Davids
Alex Zane and Vishy Anand
Peter Svidler consults with Joshua Altman and Shingai Shoniwa
The Pro-Celebrity Challenge featuring Lethal Bizzle
There was also a Pro-Business Cup, with business leaders teaming up with GMs


The video of the Pro Celebrity Challenge

All photos © Ray Morris-Hill courtesy of the London Chess Classic

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  • 24 maanden geleden


    Go Chuky Go! (no matter he is not there)

  • 24 maanden geleden



    Tonight (mid-morning) one of our Founding Member Teams, Zealandzen and Tazar, was chosen to be live chess presenters at  the multiple games- Round 4 of the London Chess Classic tournament. 

    We as The Canis Lupus Familiaris Clan is not only growing, our members are getting famous. 

    We call on all Canis Familiaris members, who suffer from insomnia,( which is basically the whole pack), to go live and bark at Zealandzen. He needs all the support he can get, as this is a first for him and Tazar.

    Support Zealandzen during his live commentary session in the Live Chess Arena. 

    Let us move people, forget the cats for a moment, 

    if not for ever, main priorities first.



  • 24 maanden geleden


    where is mr. hero magnus? where can i watch game live for free? in chessdom or ?

  • 24 maanden geleden


    The London Classic is always enjoyable. The celebrity matches were a big hit with the kids. Svidler, Anand, Nakamura and Adams are great sports. 

  • 24 maanden geleden


    Strong field, Magnus taking a rest after winning the world championship?

  • 24 maanden geleden


    @Adrian_Kinnersley: I agree.

  • 24 maanden geleden


    haha Edje Davids aka "the pitbull" plays chess? Who would've thought

  • 24 maanden geleden


    otilrac? Is being WC and #1 an exemption? He would showed up and proved that hes also a blitz expert.

  • 24 maanden geleden


    I think that the articles should highlight the actual time control in addition to say that this is a rapid event, because 'rapid' could mean different things, and it matters, no.

    From what I can gather from the official site, the time control is "25 minutes + 10 seconds per move"

    In my opinion, that's a pretty cool mix of not-too-fast and not-too-slow, and deserves a bit more respect and interest than I've seen so far in these comment threads.

  • 24 maanden geleden


    wheres Magnus?

    He leaves the crumbs for the others.....

  • 24 maanden geleden


    Put together by the Excellent Malcolm Pein - a guy who has done a lot  to keep chess where it belongs - in the forefront 

  • 24 maanden geleden


    jack ripper harper....magnus is already a step ahead of them being the WC and world #1. you're just envious man.....

  • 24 maanden geleden


    where is magnus carlsen?is he scared again hiding like a scared dog?

  • 24 maanden geleden


    "Classic Rapid"

    this is a contradiction of terms!

  • 24 maanden geleden


    It's going to be fun! Looking forward to seeing the games...

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