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Saturday, November 9, 2013

London Chess Classic 2013: Two Opportunities to play Alongside a Chess Legend – and aid Charity!

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

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Two unique opportunities to play alongside a chess legend – and aid charity!

The London Chess Classic is offering chess aficionados the chance to play alongside a chess legend and face another PRO-AM team in two new additions to this year’s event – and at the same time help to raise money for the Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) charity!

The Pro-Business Chess Cup will take place on Tuesday 10th December at the Olympia Auditorium between 10.30 and 13.30. Business leaders will have a golden opportunity to team up with one of the world's top chess Grandmasters and take on other likeminded Pro-Business pairings. Pro players include Hikaru Nakamura, the three-time US Champion and world number 4; Fabiano Caruana, the young Italian/American Grandmaster and world number 6; Matthew Sadler, twice British Champion and speed chess specialist; and Gawain Jones, the 2012 British Champion and 2011 Commonwealth Champion. 

Four pairings will take to the stage at the Olympia Exhibition Centre on 10th December for games of speed chess, with only 60 minutes allowed per game, in a two round knockout tournament. Each business leader will have an exclusive training session with their Grandmaster before the game to discuss tactics beforehand, but once the game has started, they will take alternate moves with their GM, with no conferring allowed. Winners of Round 1 will stay on for the final and have a chance to win the inaugural Pro-Business Chess Cup.

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of CSC, said: “We’re delighted to be able to host the London Chess Classic again and very excited by the additional tournament formats, particularly the prospect of seeing some of Britain’s leading business executives making the transition from the boardroom to the chessboard by taking on the brilliant minds of some of the world’s top Grandmasters.”

All games will be broadcast live on the internet and to the theatre audience. Professional photographs will be taken of the occasion and made available to all who take part. All proceeds raised will go directly to the CSC charity. 

The Pro-Am Auction offers another chance to play with a chess legend at the London Chess Classic. As with the Pro-Business Cup, games will take place Tuesday 10th Deecember and last 60 minutes each. Make the winning bid on our bid page and you will find yourself sitting alongside a true great of world chess and facing another PRO-AM team. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity with all proceeds again going to support the charity CSC.

Before the game you will discuss tactics with your GM partner but once it is underway there can be no conferring and you and your partner will make alternate moves. The games will take place on stage in the Auditorium between 10.30 and 13.30 and be broadcast live on the internet and to the theatre audience. Professional photographs will be taken and available as mementos.

Elite players taking part in the Pro-Am include: World Champion Vishy Anand, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar, Boris Gelfand, Mickey Adams, Peter Svidler, Luke McShane, Nigel Short and David Howell. Bidding has already started; and to secure your place go to our special bidding page.
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Find out more about how your business can take part by e-mailing at or calling 020 7494 1616. 

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