This years London Chess Classic sees a change in format, with the Super-GM tournament giving way to a larger rapidplay event. The 16 player event sees 4 groups of 4 playing a 6 round double round robin, with the top 2 from each group going through to a knockout final. 14 players were invited to the rapidplay, with the other 2 slots going to the highest placed players after the first 4 rounds of the concurrent FIDE Swiss tournament. Emil Sutovsky and Andrei Istratescu were the qualifiers with 4/4, although the odds were in their favour, as in case of a tie then the highest rated players would qualify (NB in this case Sutovsky and Istratescu were the only players on 4).
Live coverage of the event can be found at the tournament website. The Rapidplay begins tonight/early tomorrow, starting at 1am Canberra time.