Chess Pro-Biz Cup 2015 in London

11/11/2015 – This event, staged for a third time on Monday 14 December, at the conclusion to the 7th London Chess Classic, offers leading business minds the opportunity to team up with the world's best chess players in a fun rapid knock-out tournament. All money raised by this event goes to the Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) charity. Best pairing: with World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

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Chess Pro-Biz Cup 2015

Team up with one of your chess heroes

The Pro-Biz Cup, now in its third year, gives you the opportunity of a lifetime: to team up with one of your chess heroes. To be held on Monday 14 December at the Hilton London Olympia and broadcast live on the Internet, this unique event will be a fitting conclusion to the 7th London Chess Classic.

The Pro-Biz Cup sees leading business minds team up with the world’s best grandmasters for a fun rapid knock-out tournament. All money raised by this event goes to the Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) charity.

The 2014 Pro-Biz Cup in full swing

This year’s edition of this event will be bigger and better than ever before, as for the first time you can bid to team up with the World Champion and highest ranked player of all time, Magnus Carlsen. Few have had the privilege of playing against Magnus. Fewer still have played with Magnus. Other top-flight players you and your business can team up with include former World Champion Vishy Anand, America’s two top players, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana, Dutch Wunderkind Anish Giri and England’s No. 1 player, Michael Adams.

What is more, winning bidders not only get the chance to play with the grandmasters – you will meet your partner prior to the first game and have pictures taken by the event’s official photographer. Then there will be time for a team chat, where views can be exchanged, openings discussed and strategies agreed on.

Last year’s final: Vladimir Kramnik and Russell Picot against Anish Giri and Rajko Vujatovic

Just like last year, the format is a rapid chess knock-out tournament, where the amateurs and grandmasters make alternate moves. At stake is the chance to win the third Pro-Biz Cup, which is currently held by Rajko Vujatovic (Bank of America) and Anish Giri.

Malcolm Pein with defending champions Rajko Vujatovic and Anish Giri

You can find more information on the Pro-Biz Cup and John Saunders’ report from last year’s event on the official London Chess Classic website.

The auction for this unique event will be held on Ebay. It begins at 8pm on the 20th November and ends at 8pm on the 30th November, two weeks prior to the Pro-Biz Cup. The winning bidders will also get a seat at the London Chess Classic closing dinner, which will be held at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand.


Press Officer Fiona Steil-Antoni
Twitter: @LondonChess2015


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