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Friday, December 6, 2013

London Chess Classic 2013 Super Sixteen Draw Announced

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

Hello everyone,

On the same day as the football World Cup draw is made in Brazil, the London Chess Classic is also officially announcing their groups for the ‘Super Sixteen’ Rapid tournament that will start on Wednesday, 11th December at the Kensington Olympia. The draw for the group stages took place on Wednesday 4th December at Ravenscroft Primary School in Newham.

Pupils at the school conducted the draw in the presence of tournament director Malcolm Pein and deputy arbiter David Sedgwick.

Ravenscroft were the first school to take part in Chess in Schools and Communities scheme in 2010 and are now coached by FM Jerzy Dzybowski. The school has excelled in local competition and will be presented with an award for outstanding achievement from the British Chess Educational Trust at the London Chess Classic next week.

The players were divided into four pools on the basis of their FIDE Rapidplay ratings, using Standard play ratings for players without Rapidplay Ratings. Qualifier 1 will be the qualifier with the higher score from the first four rounds of the Open, or the qualifier with the higher rating if both have the same score. One player from each pool was placed into each group and a subsidiary draw determined each player’s position within the group:

Group A
Luke McShane
Qualifier 1
Michael Adams
Vishy Anand

Group B
Vladimir Kramnik
Jonathan Rowson
Matthew Sadler
Peter Svidler

Group C
Boris Gelfand
Gawain Jones
Hikaru Nakamura
Judit Polgar

Group D
Nigel Short
Fabiano Caruana
Qualifier 2
David Howell

The full pairings and times for each of the four groups can be found on the Classic Official tournament website:

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