5th London Chess Classic
7-15 December 2013
I have already covered CSC Teesside's trip to the Classic (in part one and part two) but here are some concluding thoughts on the event as a whole. The variety of activities was amazing. Certainly, the main focus of the week fell on the Super 16 Grandmaster tournament, but there was so much more happening than that at the festival of chess.
The Education Conferences made for a very important addition to the Classic (I already covered them, here). There's no doubt about it; such conferences need to be a regular feature at the Classic. The international trading of teaching ideas and missions will definitely represent a major step forward for the Chess in Schools and Communities charity.
Juniors were mad every welcome at the Olympia. School events ran throughout the week and were very well attended. Numbers should increase even more as the CSC continues to expand. Indeed, more big plans are imminently afoot, with the launch of the Yes 2 Chess project, sponsored by Barclaycard. Further details will appear here soon.
|Former British Champion GM Chris Ward in full coaching flow|
|John Nunn - another former British Champion - giving a simultaneous display|
|IM Malcolm Pein, CEO of the CSC|
|Peter Svidler vs. Matthew Sadler|
|Vishy Anand vs. Michael Adams|
|Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, concentrating hard|
Of course, the Classic tournament is not usually held on a Rapidplay basis; full-length games were used for the first four events. It remains to be seen whether or not the experiment will be repeated next year (if there is to be another Classic; we should never take anything for granted).
For further details, scores from all of the events and games to replay, head for the official London Chess Classic website.