An amazing 368 players entered the Super Rapidplay Open at the London Chess Classic. This must be one of the largest-ever single section events in the UK. Entrants included 36 Grandmasters, 29 IMs and a host of other titled players (FMs, WGMs, WIMs etc). Rating ranged from 2800 (GM Matthew Sadler) to a lowly 992. The ten-round event was played over two days of this last weekend and included two Suffolk-based players:
Adam Taylor (2200) and Ed Player (2087) – this is their Rapidplay ratings.
Both performed slightly below their ratings, each scoring six points out of ten. They both faced two GMs, losing both.
The main event at the LCC was the final tournament in the Chess Grand Tour. World Champion Magnus Carlsen came from behind to win both this tournament and the whole event. You can see details of all festival events here.