On 25th and 26th May 2019, Lindores Abbey Distillery will host the Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament, and bring the game of kings back to the abbey after 500 years.
Three players have been confirmed thus far: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Chess Champion Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand, and three-time Chinese Chess Champion Ding Liren.
The tournament will take place over two days and the games will be played in the distillery itself, overlooking the abbey ruins where no fewer than five monarchs once walked. The games will be streamed on screens throughout the visitor centre for the public (the game-side seats are by invitation only). Attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the grandmasters in an informal atmosphere after the matches.
A proportion of ticket sales will also be donated to STAR, the Lindores Abbey chosen charity. Siblings Reunited, reunites brothers and sisters separated in the care system, through adoption or Kinship care by providing the opportunity for quality and regular Sibling contact.
Helen McKenzie Smith, the custodian of the Abbey with her husband Drew, commented: ‘It is an absolute honour for Lindores to host these grandmasters. We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the greatest chess players that the world has ever known to the abbey and the distillery, and to be bringing the game of kings back to the ancient abbey after a hiatus of more than 500 years. The monks who lived and worked here were recorded as being great chess players, so we feel this tournament is a fitting tribute to their history.’
The three guests so far confirmed for the tournament are recognised as some of the greatest players that the world has ever known.
Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster and currently the highest rated chess player in the world. He holds the title of World Chess Champion, and became a chess grandmaster at the age of 13 years. In the course of his brilliant chess career he has won dozens of the strongest (elite) tournaments, and world titles not only in classical chess, but also in rapid chess and in blitz.
Viswanathan (“Vishy”) Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion. He became India’s first grandmaster in 1988, and he was the first Indian chess player to win the world title (in 2000). Since then he has been one of the top ten (elite) chess players, remaining the undisputed World Chess Champion from 2007 to 2013. Anand was the FIDE Rapid Chess World Champion, and is widely recognized as the strongest rapid chess player of his generation, becoming World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003 and 2017.
Grandmaster Ding Liren is a three-time Chinese Chess Champion (2009, 2011, 2012) and has represented China at four Chess Olympiads from 2012 to 2018, winning team gold medals in 2014 and 2018 and individual gold medal in 2018. He also won team gold and individual silver on his board at the World Team Championship in 2015. That year he became the second Chinese chess player to break into the top ten of the FIDE world ratings. He also became the first Chinese chess player to qualify for a Candidates Tournament (in 2017), the penultimate stage in the World Championship.
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