At 4 pm London time the London Chess Classic 2016 began. It is the last tournament of the “Grand Chess Tour”. The tournament winner in London receives 75,000 USD, the overall winnner of the “Grand Chess Tour” receives another 75,000 USD.

After winning the Sinquefield Cup Wesley So is first in the overall standings of the Grand Chess Tour. Nakamura is the only one who can overtake So, but only if he becomes clear first and So does not finish fourth or better.

In the first round So played against Nakamura who on this very day celebrated his 29th birthday. However, So was not willing to make presents. On the contrary. So played with Black and surprised Nakamura with a rare move in the Grünfeld – 9…e5. A few moves later Nakamura allowed So a tactical maneuver which gave Black a great advantage. So continued energetically and Nakamura resigned on move 28.


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Chess Rising Stars Online Grand Prix

To help prepare our students to compete beyond Chess Rising Stars, we are delighted to announce our first Online Grand Prix.

You can find our free Grand Prix tournaments on our lichess team page this term. Chess Rising Stars students, parents and friends are all welcome to take part.

Each tournament will have 5 rounds of 10+5 and points will be tallied across the 6 Grand Prix events. We have chosen this time control to mimic the playing conditions in the Junior Four Nations Chess League Online (J4NCLO).

Prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries and will be confirmed at a later date. Your top 5 scores from the 6 Grand Prix events will count towards this.

The online chess tournaments will take place on the following Sundays at 4 pm (GMT) in the Spring Term 2024:

28th Jan = Warm-Up

4th Feb = Grand Prix 1

11th Feb = GP 2

25th Feb = GP 3

3rd Mar = GP 4

10th Mar = GP 5

17th Mar = GP 6

To ensure the integrity of the Chess Rising Stars Online Grand Prix tournaments are maintained, we will use the lichess cheat detection system alongside the observation and judgement of our experienced coaching team.

The Chess Rising Stars London Academy team hope to see many of you there.

Dec 14, 2016

London Chess Classic round 5: Mickey Adams wins

8th London Chess Classic  >>> LIVE coverage

Mickey Adams took full advantage of a Veselin Topalov in full tilt mode to score the only win of Round 5 of the London Chess Classic. That game featured some brilliant attacking chess, but the most memorable encounter of the day was perhaps the 6-hour epic in which Hikaru Nakamura came within a whisker of beating his third former World Champion in a row. Vladimir Kramnik walked a tightrope and found a beautiful stalemate trick to save the day.


Mickey was keeping his feet firmly on the ground: I’m happy I won a game because that wasn’t something I was at all sure about. Plenty of tough games to come!


On Thursday Wesley has Black against Topalov, while Nakamura is Black against Caruana. Adams will also face a true test with Black, against Kramnik. Tune in from 17:00 CET for all the Round 6 action.

8th London Chess Classic LIVE coverage


Dec 12, 2016

London Chess Classic round 3 & LIVE COVERAGE round 4

That was the only decisive game of Round 3 of the London Chess Classic, but we got to watch some high quality chess. Wesley So needed to dig very deep to escape against Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik showed ingenuity against Fabiano Caruana while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave needed more than a little help from Veselin Topalov. Anish Giri won a pawn out of nowhere but couldn’t prevent Mickey Adams finally getting off the mark.

The London Chess Classic Round 4 games on Monday (two hours later at the “weekday” time of 17:00 CET) feature two all-2800 clashes, Caruana-Aronian and Kramnik-MVL, while leader So has Black against Giri. Tune in from 15:00 CET for all the action, while you can replay the Round 3 show, including all the player interviews, below:

London Chess Classic Round 4