Opportunity of a Lifetime

Bid to Play with Magnus, Vishy and six other chess greats.

14 December 2015, Hilton London Olympia

The Opportunity of a Lifetime.
Team up with your chess hero

The Pro-Biz Cup, now in its third year, is stronger and bigger than ever before. For the first time you can bid to have the World Champion and highest ranked player of all time, Magnus Carlsen, to play at your side. Few have had the privilege of playing against Magnus. Fewer still have played with Magnus. It is the opportunity of a lifetime.


Team Up with the World’s Leading Grandmasters

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). You and your business, can team up with top-flight players including current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), former world champion Vishy Anand (India), American No1 Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Dutch Wunderkind (Anish Giri), World No 3 Fabio Caruana (USA), England’s No 1 player, Michael Adams and other true giants of the game. See the full list of players on the bidding page and secure your chess hero for your team. Who will you team up with?

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Venue and Charity

The event takes place at the Hilton London, Olympia on Monday 14th December 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm and will be broadcast live on the internet. 100% of the money raised by the Pro-Biz Cup goes to Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). For further details on the work of Chess in Schools and Communities, please visit their website.

Meet your Grandmaster partner,
plan your strategy and then play!

Winning bidders will meet their grandmaster partner prior to the first game. Photographs will be taken and then it’s a chance to exchange views, understand strengths and agree a strategy. At stake is the chance to win the third Pro-Biz Cup currently held by Rajko Vujatovic of Bank of America playing with Anish Giri who defeated Russel Picot HSBC and Vladimir Kramnik in the final.

Competition format

An eight team knockout rapidplay with 25 minutes for each two-player team per game. The four players each make a move in turn, hence the two players of a team play alternate moves without conferring. A new rule is that teams can take two one-minute time-outs in order to confer during a game. Play takes place in the Auditorium. The three rounds are webcast at 10.45, 12.00 and 14.00. This fun mini-tournament is to raise money for the Chess in School and Communities charity.


Few have had the privilege of playing against Magnus. Fewer still have played with Magnus. It is the opportunity of a lifetime.