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Pro Blitz Cup (live games and video)

The fifth edition of the Pro-Biz Cup will take place on Thursday 30 November hosted by DeepMind at Google HQ in King’s Cross, London.

As part of the London Chess Classic, the Pro-Biz Cup brings leading business minds and the world’s leading Grandmasters together in a fun knock-out tournament to raise money for the UK charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).


1. Demis Hassabis & Mickey Adams
2. Chris Flowers & Magnus Carlsen
3. Justin Baptie & Levon Aronian
4. Terry Chapman & Garry Kasparov
5. Lee Green & Hikaru Nakamura
6. Rajko Vujatovic & Ian Nepomniachtchi
7. Ali Mortazavi & Dave Norwood
8. Gilles Betthauser & Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Game Format

8 team Swiss tournament, three rounds. Scoring 2-1-0.

Rapid chess: 20 minutes for all moves + 5 seconds increment per move.

The pro makes the first move, no conferring.

Time Outs. Two one-minute time outs will be permitted per game. The team will need to signal to the arbiter that you wish to confer and time outs can only be called when it’s your move. Either player can call a time out. The clocks will be stopped during your time out. After two time outs – no further consultation is permitted. The team that calls the time out remains at the board the other team leaves.

In the event of a tie after three rounds a Blitz game between the amateurs will determine the winner of the competition. If the play-off game is a draw then the GM and amateurs from opposing teams will play each other and the team to checkmate in the least number of moves wins!

Pro Blitz Cup part of London Chess Classic 2017

Live games with analysis of the London Chess Classic will be daily on Chessdom with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Video stream will also be provided by the organizers, while you can watch the event while chatting to top chess experts at this TCEC section

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