The London Classic Pro-Celebrity Challenge

12/11/2013 – On Tuesday December 10, a special Pro-Celebrity Challenge was held at the Olympia Auditorium with stars of TV, music and sport teaming up with the grandmasters and facing off against another pro-celebrity team. These ten-minute games were broadcast live, with live commentary. Each winning team would receive £5000 for their favourite charity. Here is the pictorial with videos.

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The London Classic Pro-Celebrity Challenge

On Tuesday December 10, a special Pro-Celebrity Challenge was held at the Olympia Auditorium with stars of TV, music and sport teaming up with the grandmasters and facing off against another pro-celebrity team.

Games were played with ten minutes with a ten-second increment and were broadcast live. Lawrence Trent and Malcolm Pein acted as live commentators with Malcolm Peinas the Master of Ceremony. Each winning team would receive £5000 for their favourite charity. 

Celebrity line-up

The celebrities were Shingai Shoniwa, Alex Zane, Lethal Bizzle, and Edgar Davids

Edgar Davids: Dutch footballing legend whose club career took him to Ajax, Juventus and Spurs, and included 74 international caps for Holland. His dreadlocked hair and protective goggles made Davids one of the most recognisable players of his generation. Edgar Davids has his own foundation @Fountain

Alex Zane: Alex is an English television personality and DJ best known for presenting Rude Tube on Channel 4. Alex was a guest at the 2010 London Chess Classic. He chose as his charity "Community Links"

Shingai Shoniwa: Singer and bassist for the Noisettes, an English indie rock band from London who are best known for the single Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go). She has asked for her prize to go to the Philippines appeal.

Lethal Bizzle: HipHop artist who gained fame in December 2004, with the release of "Pow (Forward)", which entered the UK Singles Chart at number eleven in its first week and reached number one on the UK Dance Chart. As his charity of choice, he has opted for the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

The grandmasters

Michael Adams
Vishy Anand
Peter Svidler
Hikaru Nakamura

The event

The event went smoothly and was a great success with the audience, who
enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and light-hearted commentary provided on
stage by IM Malcom Pein, Master of Ceremony, and IM Lawrence Trent.

Alex Zane receives some last-minute tips by Vishy Anand

Facing them were Peter Svidler consulting with Joshua Altman and Shingai Shoniwa

The players enjoyed some of Malcolm Pein's wit

Despite all the fun, there was still money at stake for charity, so they fought hard.
Nevertheless their game ended in a draw.

On the other board, Mickey Adams got some help from Lily and James...

...while Nakamura and Lethal Bizzle made a winning team, and won.

There were no real losers though, as charity would benefit one way or the other

 

The video of the Pro-Celebrity Challenge

 

HipHop artist Lethal Bizzle (w)raps up his game alongside GM Hikaru Nakamura

Pictures by Ray-Morris Hill


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