London Chess Classic 2021

Chess in Schools and Communities is happy to announce that the London Chess Classic will be going ahead this year, with a varied programme of events taking place from 3-12 December at the Cavendish Centre in central London.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we will be welcoming a smaller number of participants than usual, and entry will be on a ticketed-only basis.

The centrepiece will be an England v. Rest of the World Scheveningen match, with Michael Adams, Luke McShane and Gawain Jones against a Rest of the World team comprising current Russian champion Nikita Vitiugov, Maxime Lagarde and former World Championship finalist and chess legend Boris Gelfand.

At the other end of the chess-playing spectrum, there will be the traditional London Chess Classic events for invited groups of CSC schoolchildren from around the country, with over 100 children attending on any particular day for a fun-filled day of chess.

Then there will be a 10-player English Rapidplay Championship (11-12 December), featuring several Grandmasters, a 10-player English Women’s Rapidplay Championship (4-5 December), and an all-star commentary team (Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler & Natasha Regan, Stuart Conquest and Chris Ward) providing free live coverage of all the events as well as on the Magnus v Nepo World Championship match (on game days).

There are also four evening blitz tournaments, Grandmaster lectures from Boris Gelfand, Matthew Sadler, Nigel Short, and Nikita Vitiugov and a 48 board simul to close out the events.

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