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By Malcolm Pein   
June 26, 2009
Malcom Pein, London Chess Centre
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The London Chess Centre is pleased to announce that the line up for the London Chess Classic 2009 is complete after GM David Howell of England accepted his invitation. This creates a balance to the event, an eight player all play all, with four world class players pitched against England’s four highest rated Grandmasters. Using the latest available ratings and information supplied by the players on their recent successes, the tournament rating average is currently well above 2690 and may reach 2700 by December.

The players are:

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)

Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

Ni Hua (China)

Michael Adams (England)

Nigel Short  (England)

Luke McShane (England)

David Howell (England)

Nigel Short and Hikaru Nakamura are both in great shape. Nigel recently dominated the Sigeman tournament at Malmo and Hikaru won the US Championship held at St Louis. Vladimir Kramnik was top scorer at the Azerbaijan v Rest of the World match with 6.5/8.

Play begins Tuesday December 8th and runs until Tuesday December 15th

The venue for what will be the most prestigious chess tournament in the capital for 25 years will be announced shortly.