2017-10-20

Norwegian Team Championship 2017


The Norwegian team championship is held in Kristiansund, Norway from 20th till 22nd of October 2017.
It is played as a team-Monrad over six rounds with everyone in a group. The teams consist of four players, and it is allowed to bring up to four reserves (a total of eight players).
Time comntrol: 90 minutes on 40 moves, then 30 minutes to end the party.
Team Points count first. If more teams have equal number of team points, the order is determined by individual points, then mutual settlement.

Official website

Schedule: GMT + 2
Round 1: Friday 20 October 19:00
Round 2: Saturday 21 October at 09:00
Round 3:  Saturday 21 October at 13:30
Round 4:  Saturday 21 October at 18:00
Round 5:  Sunday 22 October at 09:00
Round 6:  Sunday 22 October at 13:00



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Trade & Industry meets the Suburbs 2017

The Trade & Industry meets the Suburbs is a tournament held in Sweden on 10th of October 2017. The event is played publicly on the Stockholm Central Train Station.
Its a chess event aimed at the integration of ethnic minorities and fighting with the social segregation. Its inspirred from the opportunity the chess game gives  for the competitors to play regardless of their background, social or economic status.
In the tandem chess tournament a business executive is paired with a child from the suburbs in a team. Twentyfour teams compete.
The format of the tournament is a round-robin with 6 teams in 4 groups. The group winners qualify for semifinal matches and, finally, there is a knockout until a winner is crowned.
The time control is 3 minutes for all moves plus a 2-second increment per move.

Among the players are Jan Stahlberg, Partner of EQT, Soren Mellstig, Chairman of Trelleborg Group and the astronaut Christer Fuglesang.

Official website

Schedule on 2017-10-20 : GMT+2
Round 1: 15:00
Round 2: 15:20
Round 3: 15:40
Round 4: 16:00
Round 5: 16:20
Round 6: 16:40
Round 7: 17:00
Semifinal: 17:20
Final: 17:35


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2017-10-19

Korbach Open 2017

The 9th Korbach Open is taking place from October 19-22 2017 in the community centre of Korbach, Germany.
The 7-round Swiss tournament is played in three groups, with 200 players total and 5 titled players. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds from move one.
The prize pool is 2,200 EUR, the winner takes € 800 EUR.

Official site


Schedule: GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 19, 2017    19:00 
Round 2    Oct 20, 2017    11:00 
Round 3    Oct 20, 2017    17:00 
Round 4    Oct 21, 2017    11:00 
Round 5    Oct 21, 2017    17:00 
Round 6    Oct 22, 2017    10:00 
Round 7    Oct 22, 2017    16:00



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2017-10-17

Grand Chess Tour: London's Best Business Minds To Compete For Prestigious Chess Title


London's Best Business Minds To Compete For Prestigious Chess Title

  • London’s business elite to compete alongside world’s best chess players in the London Chess Classic Pro-Biz Cup 2017 charity fundraiser.
  • Demis Hassabis, Co-Founder of leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, is the first amateur player confirmed.
  • Hassabis will partner with UK’s number one player, grandmaster Michael Adams, while World Champion Magnus Carlsen will also compete.
  • Former World Champion Garry Kasparov set to return to London and play.
  • The London Chess Classic marks the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, a circuit of prestigious international events inspired by Kasparov.
LONDON: Some of the capital’s greatest business minds will go head-to-head this autumn, competing alongside the best chess players in the world.

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) announced today that applications are open for amateur players to compete in its annual Pro-Biz Cup fund raiser, part of the charity’s flagship event, the London Chess Classic.

In the Pro-Biz Cup, the elite of the business world are invited to pit their wits alongside and against the world’s top chess grandmasters. Amateurs team up with professionals, playing in pairs and making alternate moves in a battle on the board and against the clock.

Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion (and highest-ranked player of all time), and Michael Adams, the UK’s number one player, are among the high-profile players who will compete for this year’s coveted title. Amateur players can also bid to partner with former World Champion Garry Kasparov, who will make a return to London to play.

Confirmed as the first amateur player is Demis Hassabis, Co-Founder of leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, who will partner Adams. Better known for his pioneering work in the field of neuroscience-inspired AI, Hassabis is also a chess player of exceptional standard, who achieved the level of master aged 13 and captained England’s Junior Chess teams.

Hassabis will be undertaking other activity in the build up to the London Chess Classic, giving local school children insights into the complex field of AI. The students of UCL Academy, sponsored by University College London, where Hassabis earned a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, will benefit from his expertise as he discusses the relationship between chess and technology and promotes the benefits of the game in developing skills that can help children thrive in business. DeepMind’s support of CSC also extends to the company hosting the Pro-Biz Cup 2017 and first round of this year’s London Chess Classic at Google’s UK headquarters, while volunteers from DeepMind are being trained to teach chess to children.

Hassabis commented, “Chess has had a remarkable impact on me, providing a fundamental and logical planning process to all areas of my life, whether in business or anything else. It is a remarkable tool for giving children meta-skills, which can help them throughout their lives. Planning, problem-solving, coping with pressure, an understanding of the hard work that it takes to excel at something; all of these are lessons that children can take into other fields, such as business and science. Chess is an incredible training ground for the mind.”

Joining Hassabis at the Pro-Biz Cup will be one of the world’s most celebrated chess players. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov will make his first moves in London since retiring in 2005. The London Chess Classic marks the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, a circuit of prestigious international events inspired by Kasparov.

Malcolm Pein, chief executive of Chess in Schools and Communities, added, “This year’s Pro-Biz Cup is set to be the best yet with three of the world’s brightest minds and the grandmaster chess elite competing. Demis’s support for the charity’s mission is based on his personal experience as a young man and means a huge amount to us. He and Mickey will be the pair to beat.”

Chess in Schools and Communities is now accepting applications for participants to compete in its Pro-Biz Cup 2017. Anyone wishing to take part is invited to bid for a slot by making a donation to the charity via the event’s dedicated page londonchessclassic.com/pro-biz . All money raised goes to the CSC charity.

ENDS

NOTES TO THE EDITORS

For media enquiries related to Chess in Schools and Communities, please contact:
James Gwinnett Brazil
E: chess@agencybrazil.com

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: Chessinschools.co.uk.

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: Londonchessclassic.com.

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.

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Iranian Super League 2017

The Second Week of the 16th Iranian Super League Chess Championship 1396 -  is held from 17th till 20th of October 2017 in Tabriz, Iran.

System of play: 90 minutes with 30 second increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+3:30

Round 1 2017/10/17 09:00 am
Round 2 2016/10/17 17:00 pm
Round 3 2016/10/18 09:00 am
Round 4 2016/10/19 09:00 am
Round 5 2016/10/19 17:00 pm
Round 6 2016/10/20 09:00 am

First 10 players in the start list
No.Name
RtgFEDteamtable
1GMIdani Pouya
2572IRIBandarabbas Azad University1
2IMTabatabaei M.Amin
Official site


Schedule: GMT+3:30

Round 1 2017/10/17 09:00 am
Round 2 2016/10/17 17:00 pm
Round 3 2016/10/18 09:00 am
Round 4 2016/10/19 09:00 am
Round 5 2016/10/19 17:00 pm
Round 6 2016/10/20 09:00 am

First 10 players in the start list
No.Name
RtgFEDteamtable
1GMIdani Pouya
2572IRIBandarabbas Azad University1
2IMTabatabaei M.Amin
2566IRISaipa Tehran4
3GMGhaem Maghami Ehsan
2564IRISaipa Tehran1
4GMMaghsoodloo Parham
2560IRISaipa Tehran2
5GMPourramezanali Amirreza
2543IRISaipa Tehran3
6IMFirouzja Alireza
2525IRIBandarabbas Azad University2
7IMMosadeghpour Masoud
2513IRISaipa Tehran6
8GMLorparizangeneh Shahin
2486IRIShahrdari Tabriz1
9IMGholami Aryan
2482IRIBandarabbas Azad University4
10GMDarini Pouria
2481IRIBandarabbas Azad University3


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IRI
Saipa Tehran
4
3
GM
Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

2564
IRI
Saipa Tehran
1
4
GM
Maghsoodloo Parham

2560
IRI
Saipa Tehran
2
5
GM
Pourramezanali Amirreza

2543
IRI
Saipa Tehran
3
6
IM
Firouzja Alireza

2525
IRI
Bandarabbas Azad University
2
7
IM
Mosadeghpour Masoud

2513
IRI
Saipa Tehran
6
8
GM
Lorparizangeneh Shahin

2486
IRI
Shahrdari Tabriz
1
9
IM
Gholami Aryan

2482
IRI
Bandarabbas Azad University
4
10
GM
Darini Pouria

2481
IRI
Bandarabbas Azad University
3


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2017-10-16

Polish Army Championship 2017

The 2017 Polish Army Championship is a 9-round open tournament, taking place in Cieszyn Castle in Cieszyn, Poland from 16th till 20th of October 2017.
The players have 90 minutes for all moves, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 16, 2017    10:00 
Round 2    Oct 16, 2017    16:00 
Round 3    Oct 17, 2017    10:00 
Round 4    Oct 17, 2017    16:00 
Round 5    Oct 18, 2017    10:00 
Round 6    Oct 19, 2017    10:00 
Round 7    Oct 19, 2017    16:00 
Round 8    Oct 20, 2017    10:00 
Round 9    Oct 20, 2017    16:00



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2017-10-14

Guernsey International Chess Festival 2017

The 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival is held from 15th till 21st of October 2017 at the Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey.

The winner of the previous edition of the festival was GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson, GM Jean-Pierre Le Roux of France was second.

The time control is 40 moves in 100 minutes. The remaining moves in the further 40 minutes, 30 second increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+1

1 2017/10/15 14:00
2 2017/10/16 14:00
3 2017/10/17 14:00
4 2017/10/18 14:00
5 2017/10/19 14:00
6 2017/10/20 14:00
7 2017/10/21 09:30


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2017-10-12

Argentinian Championship 2017

The Argentinian Championship is a 14-player round-robin tournament taking place from 12th till 24th of October 2017 in Ramos Mejía, Argentina. The players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 12, 2017    21:00   
Round 2    Oct 13, 2017    21:00   
Round 3    Oct 14, 2017    17:00   
Round 4    Oct 15, 2017    23:00   
Round 5    Oct 16, 2017    21:00   
Round 6    Oct 17, 2017    21:00   
Round 7    Oct 18, 2017    21:00   
Round 8    Oct 19, 2017    21:00   
Round 9    Oct 20, 2017    21:00   
Round 10   Oct 21, 2017    23:00   
Round 11   Oct 23, 2017    00:30   
Round 12   Oct 23, 2017    21:00   
Round 13   Oct 24, 2017    17:00

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2017-10-11

Negros Open International 2017

Negros Open International 2017 is held in  the Federation Philippines  from 11th till 20th of October 2017.

Official site

Time control: 90 mins + 30 sec. increment

Schedule: GMT+8

Round 1    2017/10/11    12:00nn
Round 2    2017/10/12    12:00nn
Round 3    2017/10/13    12:00nn
Round 4    2017/10/14    12:00nn
Round 5    2017/10/16    9:00 am
Round 6    2017/10/16    3:00 pm
Round 7    2017/10/17    12:00nn
Round 8    2017/10/18    12:00nn
Round 9    2017/10/19    9:00 am


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2017-10-08

European Club Cup 2017

The 2017th edition of the 33rd European Club Cup Open and the 22nd European Women's Club Cup  are held in Göynük/Antalya, Turkey from 8th till 14th of October 2017.

Official site

The 33rd European Club Cup is a 7-round Swiss team tournament. 36 clubs are taking part, with Alkaloid (Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi and co.) the defending champions but Globus (Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Karjakin, Giri and Nepomniachtchi) the heavy favourites. Each match is played over six boards, with two points for a team win and one point for a draw. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are permitted before move 30.

The 22nd European Women's Club Cup is a 7-round Swiss team tournament. 12 clubs are taking part, with Batumi Chess Club NONA (Harika Dronavalli, Nana Dzagnidze, Bela Khotenashvili, Nino Batsiashvili and Salome Melia) the top seeds. Each match is played over four boards, with two points for a team win and one point for a draw. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.

The schedule of both European Club Cup Open and Women share the same schedule. 2017

Schedule: GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 8, 2017    15:00   
Round 2    Oct 9, 2017    15:00   
Round 3    Oct 10, 2017    15:00   
Round 4    Oct 11, 2017    15:00   
Round 5    Oct 12, 2017    15:00   
Round 6    Oct 13, 2017    15:00   
Round 7    Oct 14, 2017    15:00


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2017-10-07

Spanish Senior Championship 2017

The Spanish Senior Championship is a 9-round Swiss open taking place in Altea, Spain from 7th till 15th of October.
The first 8 boards are from Category A, players on 50 and over,  the remaining boards are for players on 65 and over.
The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game, with a 30-second increment from move one.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 7, 2017    18:00   
Round 2    Oct 8, 2017    18:00   
Round 3    Oct 9, 2017    18:00   
Round 4    Oct 10, 2017    18:00   
Round 5    Oct 11, 2017    18:00   
Round 6    Oct 12, 2017    18:00   
Round 7    Oct 13, 2017    18:00   
Round 8    Oct 14, 2017    18:00   
Round 9    Oct 15, 2017    11:00

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Maria Albulet Memorial 2017

The 2017-th edition of the Albulet Memorial Tournament is held in Romania and is also the Romanian Open International Women Championship. The best players from the tournament are: IM Bulmaga Irina (ROU); WGM Doluganova Evgeniya (UKR); WGM Babiy Olga (UKR) and other youth pretendents.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+3

1 2017/10/07 16.00
2 2017/10/08 09.00
3 2017/10/08 16.00
4 2017/10/09 16.00
5 2017/10/10 16.00
6 2017/10/11 16.00
7 2017/10/12 16.00
8 2017/10/13 16.00
9 2017/10/14 09.00


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2017-10-06

Arco Open 2017

The 39th Arco Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 9th till 17th of October 2017 in Arco Casino in the municipality of Arco in Trentino in the Northeastern Italy.

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes until the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.
 
Official site


Schedule: (GMT+3)

Round 1    Oct 7, 2017    16:00   
Round 2    Oct 8, 2017    16:00   
Round 3    Oct 9, 2017    16:00   
Round 4    Oct 10, 2017    16:00   
Round 5    Oct 11, 2017    16:00   
Round 6    Oct 12, 2017    16:00   
Round 7    Oct 13, 2017    16:00   
Round 8    Oct 14, 2017    16:00   
Round 9    Oct 15, 2017    10:30


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Latvian Women Chess Championship 2017

The Latvian Women Chess Championship 2017 is held in Riga, Latvia from 5th till 10th of October 2017. The main favorites in this tournament are Ilze Bērziņa (2245) and Inguna Erneste (2133).  The prize fund is 2000 euros. The holder of the gold medal will be included in the Latvian team in the next year's World Chess Olympiad in Batumi.

The system of play is: 90 minutes + 30 seconds.

Official site

Shedule: (GMT+3)

Round 1 2017/10/05 18:00
Round 2 2017/10/06 18:00
Round 3 2017/10/07 15:00
Round 4 2017/10/08 11:00
Round 5 2017/10/08 17:00
Round 6 2017/10/09 18:00
Round 7 2017/10/10 18:00


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2017-10-05

KCF Africa Team Invitational 2017

The KCF Africa Team Invitational is an 8-team invitational team round-robin tournament featuring many of the top emerging players from Southern Africa. Each team consists of three open boards and one dedicated female board.

The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes + 15 minutes to complete the game with a 30-second increment per move from move 1.

Official site

Schedule:  (GMT+3)

Round 1    Oct 5, 2017    19:00   
Round 2    Oct 6, 2017    11:00   
Round 3    Oct 6, 2017    17:00   
Round 4    Oct 7, 2017    11:00   
Round 5    Oct 7, 2017    17:00   
Round 6    Oct 8, 2017    11:00   
Round 7    Oct 8, 2017    17:00


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2017-10-04

European Youth Grand Prix 2nd Leg 2017

The Chess Academy of Armenia and the European Chess Union organize the 2nd Leg of the European Youth Grand Prix  from October 3-16, 2017 in the resort city of Jermuk, Armenia.

12 young chess players from abroad and Armenia who have already achieved significant success in the game of chess are going to participate in it.

Official site

Schedule: GMT+4

Round 1    Oct 4, 2017    15:00
Round 2    Oct 5, 2017    15:00
Round 3    Oct 6, 2017    15:00
Round 4    Oct 7, 2017    15:00
Round 5    Oct 8, 2017    15:00
Round 6    Oct 9, 2017    15:00
               REST DAY
Round 7    Oct 11, 2017  15:00
Round 8    Oct 12, 2017  15:00
Round 9    Oct 13, 2017  15:00
Round 10  Oct 14, 2017  15:00
Round 11  Oct 15, 2017  11:00


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2017-10-03

Almaty Open 2017

The 2017 Almaty Open is held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 3rd till 11th of October.
The tournament is a 9-round Swiss Open. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 03, 2017    13:00   
Round 2    Oct 04, 2017    12:00   
Round 3    Oct 05, 2017    12:00   
Round 4    Oct 06, 2017    12:00   
Round 5    Oct 07, 2017    12:00   
Round 6    Oct 08, 2017    12:00   
Round 7    Oct 09, 2017    12:00   
Round 8    Oct 10, 2017    12:00   
Round 9    Oct 11, 2017    12:00


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Russian Rapid Team Championship 2017

The 2017 Russian Rapid Team Championship is taking place in the Zhemchuzhina, Hotel in Sochi on 3rd and 4th of October .
The 9-round Swiss tournament features 24 teams of four players, including stars such as Mamedyarov, Kamsky, Morozevich, Artemiev and Dubov.
The time control is 15 minutes for all moves with a 10-second increment from move 1. Standings are determined by match points (2 for a win, 1 for a draw) then game points.

Official site

Shedule GMT+3

Round 1    Oct 3, 2017    14:00   
Round 2    Oct 3, 2017    15:15   
Round 3    Oct 3, 2017    16:30   
Round 4    Oct 3, 2017    17:45   
Round 5    Oct 3, 2017    19:00   
Round 6    Oct 4, 2017    14:00   
Round 7    Oct 4, 2017    15:15   
Round 8    Oct 4, 2017    16:30   
Round 9    Oct 4, 2017    17:45


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DeepMind Backs Chess In Schools And Communities


DeepMind Backs Chess In Schools And Communities

~ Leading AI Company To Host Round One Of London Chess Classic At Google ~

LONDON: Chess in Schools and Communities today announced the release of tickets for its annual flagship event, the London Chess Classic. Round One of this year’s event will be hosted by leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind, at Google’s headquarters in London.

The London Chess Classic, now in its ninth year, is the UK’s largest chess event and sees the world’s grandmasters converge on London in the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour. A roster of world-class talent is already confirmed for this year’s event, including World Champion (and the highest rated player of all-time) Magnus Carlsen and UK number one Michael Adams, who will feature alongside other international players from the world’s top ten. The tournament will run from Friday 1st – Monday 11th December.

The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) charity, which has introduced chess into classrooms in over 800 state schools across the UK, has garnered significant additional support for this year’s London Chess Classic with the backing of DeepMind. The neuroscience-inspired AI company, which was bought by Google in 2014, will host Round One of the Classic (on Friday 1st) at Google’s St Pancras offices.

DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis will make the ceremonial opening move on behalf of one of the grandmasters. Hassabis, himself a child chess prodigy, who achieved master standard at the age of 13, is a strong advocate of the game’s ability to instil confidence, inspire creativity and develop mental agility. DeepMind will also be supporting CSC in local London schools in the lead up to the Classic.

As well as the world’s chess superstars, the Classic hosts 1,000s of children from the CSC initiative, a nationwide scheme that uses chess as a means of aiding children’s educational and social development. A number of age-grade and amateur tournaments run alongside the professional event.

Round One will be followed by a rest day, so the charity has time to transition to the traditional venue, the Olympia Conference Centre, for the remainder of the tournament. Play will recommence in Round Two on Sunday 3rd December.

Malcolm Pein, chief executive of Chess in Schools and Communities, said, “The support of DeepMind, a company dedicated to increasing our understanding of intelligence, is incredibly important to CSC. Demis’ chess prowess as a child, his love for the game and pioneering role in the advance of artificial intelligence makes him a wonderful role model who conveys the message to children in our programme that chess can be a launch pad to success later in life. We both believe there are natural synergies between the problem solving skills, patience and perseverance required in chess and the ability to thrive in an increasingly complex world.”

Tickets to see the world’s best players in action at Google’s UK headquarters are free but there is a limited number available. Fans can apply for tickets at Londonchessclassic.com and will be notified if their application has been successful by 17th November.

ENDS

NOTES TO THE EDITORS

For media enquiries related to Chess in Schools and Communities, please contact:
James Gwinnett Brazil
E: chess@agencybrazil.com

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: Chessinschools.co.uk.

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: Londonchessclassic.com.

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.

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