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2017 London Chess Classic: The Players

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2017 London Chess Classic: The Players

The ninth London Chess Classic kicks off at the DeepMind Google HQ on 1 December 2017 and will continue at the Olympia Conference Centre from 3 to 11 December 2017. It is the concluding leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and features a prize fund of $300,000. Heading the stellar field is the world champion Magnus Carlsen. The table below shows the ten competitors that will participate in the 2017 London Chess Classic in order of their URS™ (Universal Rating System) ratings as at October 2017.

GM Magnus Carlsen Norway 2867
GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2803
GM Levon Aronian Armenia 2803
GM Maxime Vachier-LaGrave France 2802
GM Wesley So USA 2789
GM Sergey Karjakin Russia 2783
GM Fabiano Caruana USA 2780
GM Viswanathan Anand India 2771
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi Russia 2678
GM Mickey Adams England 2735

Detailed player profiles for each of the ten competitors have recently been added to the official tournament website and are accessible at

About Chess in Schools and Communities
Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve children’s educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess. Founded in 2009, CSC now teaches in over 400 schools and supports 400 more nationwide. CSC also organises a world-class tournament, the London Chess Classic, and Yes2Chess, an international tournament for schools. For more information visit:

About the London Chess Classic
The London Chess Classic is the flagship annual event of Chess in Schools and Communities. As the UK’s largest chess tournament and the concluding leg of the Grand Chess Tour, an international circuit of high-profile chess events inspired by the legendary Garry Kasparov, the event brings with it enormous prestige in the chess community. Alongside this competition amongst the world’s best players, Chess in Schools and Communities runs a range of amateur and age-grade competitions for 1,000s of children from the charity initiative nationwide. For more information visit:

About DeepMind
DeepMind is a neuroscience-inspired AI company which develops general-purpose learning algorithms and uses them to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its founding in London in 2010, DeepMind has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, three of them in the scientific journal Nature – an unprecedented achievement for a computer science lab. DeepMind’s groundbreaking work includes the development of deep reinforcement learning, combining the domains of deep learning and reinforcement learning. This technique underpinned AlphaGo, a computer program that defeated Go world champion Lee Sedol in 2016 – a breakthrough experts proclaimed to have arrived a decade ahead of its time. In 2014, DeepMind was acquired by Google in their largest ever European acquisition, and is now part of the Alphabet group.

About the Grand Chess Tour (

The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world’s best players. The Tour was created in partnership between the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (Sinquefield Cup) and Chess Promotions, Ltd. (London Chess Classic). The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers.

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