The echo of the 4th and decisive FIDE Grand Prix is still resounding, but the chess circus doesn't stop, and one of the most exciting tournaments of the year is upon us: the London Chess Classic starts December the 1st, at 9 AM EST.
Here is the schedule, from the official website
The Candidates' line-up is complete now. In March we will know how is the next challenger to Magnus Carlsen's title.
Meanwhile, the top guys gather in the beautiful London, to contest the crown to Wesley So, last year winner.
As usual, all the eyes will be on the World Champion, who did not participate last year, because of the Championship Match he successfully played to retain his title.
This year Carlsen participated in a few events, not having his best year since he became the strongest player alive. He did win the rapid and blitz legs of the Grand Chess tour, but his victory at the Isle of Man Open at the beginning of October was his first win in a classical time control tournament in 435 days. Unusual for the Norwegian steamroller.
Aronian and MVL are in great form, and for sure they have to be considered for the final victory.
The London Chess Classic line-up is simply impressive:
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 (1)
Levon Aronian ARM 2804 (2)
Fabiano Caruana USA 2799 (4)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2789 (5)
Wesley So USA 2788 (6)
Viswanathan Anand IND 2786 (8)
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2781 (9)
Sergey Karjakin RUS 2760 (13)
Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2729 (28)
Michael Adams ENG 2715 (34)