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London Chess Classic 2013: The Celebrities Attack!

by Boris Schipkov

The Pro-Celebrity Challenge took place 10th December 2013 at the Olympia Auditorium with stars of music, TV, soccer and chess. The music and TV celebrities and chess grandmasters were divided on four teams, one famous grandmaster together with one celebrity plus young players in each teams.

The singer Shingai Shoniwa with two chess pieces Alex Zane
The beautiful singer Shingai Elizabeth Maria Shoniwa with two chess pieces. The television presenter, comedian, writer and DJ Alex Zane, Faris Alexander L. Albayaty.
Shingai Shoniwa is a member of the English rock band The Noisettes from London, a vocalist and bassist. Alex Zane is a host of various television programmes, radio shows. Alex Zane writes film reviews for The Sun newspaper.

Peter Svidler, Joshua Altman and Shingai Shoniwa
Grandmaster Peter Svidler of Russia, FIDE Candidate Master Joshua Altman of England and the singer Shingai Shoniwa of England.

DJ Alex Zane of England and former World Chess Champion grandmaster Viswanathan Anand of India
DJ Alex Zane of England and former World Chess Champion grandmaster Viswanathan Anand of India. Vishy Anand has told about the central squares and the pawn structures. The team Shingai Shoniwa + Peter Svidler + Joshua Altman played versus the team Alex Zane + Viswanathan Anand, the game ended in a draw. Black attacked on the kingside in the middlegame, but White defended well.

Hikaru Nakamura and Lethal Bizzle
The team grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of United States of America and the rapper Lethal Bizzle of England beat the team grandmaster Michael Adams of England + Lily Holroyd and Jamie Fellows. Black sacrificed his queen, but White grabbed the queen with joy and then checkmated the black king with 27.Qg7#.


Lethal Bizzle, Hikaru Nakamura - Lily, Jamie, Michael Adams [A00]
Pro-Celebrity Challenge London 2013

1. a4 e5 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. d3 O-O 6. Bg5 d6 7. Be2 a6 8. O-O h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Nxg5 hxg5 11. Bxg5 Nd4 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. Bxd8 Rxd8 14. exd5 Bc5 15. Qd2 Bd7 16. c3 Nxe2+ 17. Qxe2 f5 18. Kh1 Re8 19. b3 Re7 20. d4 Ba7 21. Rac1 exd4 22. Qxe7 Be8 23. Qe6+ Kh8 24. Qf6+ Kg8 25. Rce1 c5 26. Re7 dxc3 27. Qg7+ 1-0


Shingai Shoniwa, Joshua Altman, Peter Svidler - Alex Zane, Vishy Anand [C65]
Pro-Celebrity Challenge London 2013

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O Ng4 6. Qe1 Nd4 7. Nxd4 Bxd4 8. h3 h5 9. Nd2 c6 10. Ba4 d6 11. Nf3 Bb6 12. c3 Nf6 13. Bg5 Qd7 14. d4 Nh7 15. Be3 Qe7 16. c4 g5 17. c5 dxc5 18. dxc5 Bc7 19. Nd2 g4 20. h4 Qxh4 21. Nc4 Ng5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. Rd1 h4 24. Qc3 Rh6 25. Bb3 g3 26. fxg3 Be6 27. Nd6+ Bxd6 28. Bxe6 Bxc5+ 29. Qxc5 Rxe6 30. Rf5 Qxg3 31. Qf2 Qxf2+ 32. Kxf2 Ke7 33. Rh5 Rg8 34. Rxh4 1/2-1/2

Alex Zane, Shingai Shoniwa, Edgar Davids and Lethal Bizzle
All music, TV and soccer celebrities at the Pro-Celebrity Challenge: Alex Zane, Shingai Shoniwa, Edgar Davids and Lethal Bizzle. Edgar Steven Davids is a Dutch soccer player. He played for Ajax, Milan, Juventus and Barcelona. He was a member of the Netherlands National Football Teams in 1994-2005. Lethal Bizzle is an English rapper, musician and actor.

The 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov and the soccer star Edgar Davids
The 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov and the soccer star Edgar Davids. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

Another article about The Pro-Celebrity Challenge, with videos - The Pro-Celebrity Challenge in London: Shingai Shoniwa Laughs, Lethal Bizzle Raps.


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