Tomorrow will kick off the highly anticipated London Chess Classic with a marquee lineup including former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and the world’s #1 rated player in Magnus Carlsen.
The field will also include current U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura and one of China’s top guns in Ni Hua. The British will trot out their top brass with super-GMs Michael Adams and Nigel Short along with Luke McShane and top British junior in GM David Howell.
The tournament has added significance due to the legendary flavor and the number of subplots, surrounding age vs. tradition, but there is also the idea that we may be seeing a future rivalry of chess. Nakmura beat Carlsen in a recent blitz match. Carlsen will be looking for redemption.
Carlsen and Kramnik draws lots. The two will meet in round #1!
Photo by Frederic Friedel.