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Thursday, August 18, 2011

London Chess Classic: All participants confirmed

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Hi everyone,

We've just got the lates on the 2011 London Chess Classic via
All players of the 2011 London Chess Classic have confirmed their participation: Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell. The third edition will take place at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington from Saturday 3rd December to Monday 12th December.

The 3rd edition of what has already become one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments will be bigger and better than its predecessors, with more children’s events and an even stronger field. With Levon Aronian making his debut in London, all three 2800+ players will participate.

3rd London Chess Classic | Participants

Rank Name Title Country Rating B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2821 1990
2 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2817 1969
3 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 1982
5 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2781 1975
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 1987
28 Adams, Michael g ENG 2715 1971
51 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2687 1965
74 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2671 1984
149 Howell, David W L g ENG 2625 1990

There will be two extra rounds, as the addition of one more top flight player to this year’s main event will make it a nine player all play all. One player will sit out each day and keep the spectators at Olympia and online, doubly entertained by joining the commentary team.

The tournament is in direct cooperation with the Chess in Schools and Communities, the organization which aims to put a chess club in every school in England and Wales and already operates in eight towns and cities around the UK and in 64 schools. In 2010, 500 children came for free chess lessons from GMs IMs and top chess coaches. This year the organizers will double the number of invitations to schools and free lessons will be available on five days.

Side events

This year will be a day of chess cultural events with lectures and film screenings including the recently released documentary Bobby Fischer against the World. The traditional Open tournament and Blitz will be supplemented by two weekend congresses and this also means that players in the Open will only have to take five days off work to play all nine rounds.
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