World's Most Elite Grandmasters To Compete At 2015 Sinquefield Cup In Saint Louis

Grand Chess Tour Makes Only U.S. Stop in Nation's Chess Capital

Aug 12, 2015, 08:15 ET from Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten of the top chess players will compete in the third annual Sinquefield Cup, August 22 through September 3, 2015 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). The Sinquefield Cup is the second stop on the inaugural Grand Chess Tour and brings together the most elite players to compete for a total prize of over $1 million. The Tour held its first event during Norway Chess 2015 in June and will conclude with the third and final leg of the Tour this December in London.

"The Grand Chess Tour is a huge new moment for chess," said world chess legend Garry Kasparov. "This is the first time since 1989 that all the leading players, including the world champion, will compete in a circuit."

Meet the field (FIDE Rating as of August 2015):

  • Magnus Carlsen (2853) – Norway
  • Viswanathan Anand (2816) – India
  • Veselin Topalov (2816) – Bulgaria
  • Hikaru Nakamura (2814) – United States
  • Fabiano Caruana (2808) – United States
  • Anish Giri (2793) – Netherlands
  • Wesley So (2779) – United States
  • Alexander Grischuk (2771) – Russia
  • Levon Aronian  (2765) – Armenia
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2731) – France

"Playing in Saint Louis has become the pinnacle for the top chess grandmasters, and this year's talent for the 2015 Sinquefield Cup is at an all-time high," said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the CCSCSL. "It's a special time to be a fan of chess as the sport continues to become more fiercely competitive."

The 2015 Sinquefield Cup will feature a first in the history of chess. The United States will have three players ranked in the top 10 in the world, including Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana and the tournament wild card pick, Wesley So. Caruana, the reigning champion of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, will play his first tournament in the United States after returning to the U.S. Federation earlier this year.

All nine rounds of the 2015 Sinquefield Cup will feature live play-by-play updates and analysis from different teams of grandmaster commentators. Online viewers worldwide can tune-in daily to watch live commentary hosted by the legendary team of GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley, as well as WGM Jennifer Shahade at www.grandchesstour.com. The tournament will also feature on-site commentary at the CCSCSL, World Chess Hall of Fame and Kingside Diner from grandmasters Ben Finegold, Robert Hess, Alejandro Ramirez, and Ian Rodgers. A free meet-and-greet autograph session with the players will be held before the tournament rounds begin on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from noon-2:00 p.m. CT at Kingside Diner.

After the conclusion of the Sinquefield Cup, players will join Garry Kasparov and other special guests in a series of rapid and blitz exhibition games called Ultimate Moves. The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 3 at the CCSCSL.

Saint Louis will then host a special screening for the Hollywood film, Pawn Sacrifice, Thursday, September 3 at the Chase Park Plaza. Starring Tobey Maguire as American chess legend, Bobby Fischer, the film highlights the intense battle of will and strategy during the 1972 World Chess Championship.

The full tournament schedule of events:

Date

Time (all times CT)

Event

Location

Saturday, August 22

12:00 p.m.

Autograph Session

Kingside Dinner

Sunday, August 23

1:00 p.m.

Round 1

CCSCSL

Monday, August 24

1:00 p.m.

Round 2

CCSCSL

Tuesday, August 25

1:00 p.m.

Round 3

CCSCSL

Wednesday, August 26

1:00 p.m.

Round 4

CCSCSL

Thursday, August 27

1:00 p.m.

Round 5

CCSCSL

Friday, August 28

N/A

Rest Day

N/A

Saturday, August 29

1:00 p.m.

Round 6

CCSCSL

Sunday, August 30

1:00 p.m.

Round 7

CCSCSL

Monday, August 31

1:00 p.m.

Round 8

CCSCSL

Tuesday, September 1

1:00 p.m.

Round 9

CCSCSL

Wednesday, September 2

Noon

Playoff

CCSCSL

Thursday, September 3

1:00 p.m.

Ultimate Moves

CCSCSL

Thursday, September 3

7:00 p.m.

Pawn Sacrifice Screening

Chase Park Plaza

For more information, visit www.grandchesstour.com or follow along at www.twitter.com/CCSCSL.

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis:

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons, special lectures and plays host to the top chess tournaments in the nation.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org

About the Grand Chess Tour:

The world's most prestigious, international chess events are combining efforts to establish a gold standard for the Grand Chess Tour, an annual competitive circuit for ten of the world's top grandmasters. The Grand Chess Tour has set the model for player conditions, prize funds and spectator experience.

The inaugural 2015 Tour kicked off in June as a three-event cycle, beginning with Norway Chess 2015, followed by the Sinquefield Cup in August, and finishing with the London Chess Classic in December. For more information, visit www.grandchesstour.com.

 

SOURCE Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis



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