The London Chess Classic 2013

Olympia Conference Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London
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Event has ended
This event ended on Sunday 15th of December 2013

Adults: £15.00 - £20.00 or nine day tickets are available for £100
Child: Children under 16 go free

Venue Information

Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX

Nearest Stations

Kensington (Olympia) 0.09 miles


Please note: as you will no doubt be aware COVID-19 is leading to many events being cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers of any event listed here to confirm it is going ahead as planned.

The London Chess Classic is Britain’s premier chess event, returning for its fifth year. The flagship event of UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities, the Classic will feature 16 of the world’s top chess Grandmasters - among the contenders for the ‘Super Sixteen’ title will be current World Champion Vishy Anand from India, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik from Russia and former British World Title Challenger Nigel Short. Britain’s number one Michael Adams, who has recently broken into the world’s top 10, and the world’s finest ever female player Judit Polgar will also compete for the €50,000 first prize.

Hosted by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), the Classic, running from 7th-15th December, will also feature a huge range of activities for children and parents alike across the nine-day period and admission for all children is free across the duration of the event. The charity aims to improve children's educational outcomes and foster their social development by introducing them to the game of chess.

Numerous research studies have shown the positive impact chess has on introducing pupils to chess at a young age including educational and social benefits that are not engendered by other team and individual sports. Students’ academic performance, especially in maths, reading, problem solving and attendance levels have been seen to rise as a result of playing the game and chess can also teach children valuable life lessons such as sportsmanship. Chess is a universal game and brings children of different ages, races and genders together in an activity they can all enjoy.

CSC is now teaching over 10,000 children across 250 schools in over 40 boroughs around the UK and Chief Executive Malcolm Pein was presented with the Innovative Project Award at the 2013 Sport and Recreation Alliance Awards in July, after the charity impressed the judges with their ground-breaking initiatives over the past year. A comprehensive programme of activities will be available for schools at the Classic, including free chess lessons from Grandmasters and free training to those wishing to teach the game from professional coaches. For teachers and parents there will be a Chess and Education Conference on December 7th and 8th.


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