Top 2 in World, Top 2 in U.S. Battle for Sinquefield Cup

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  • on 18-06-13 01:56.

SAINT LOUIS (June 17, 2013) -- For the first time ever, World Championship challenger GM Magnus Carlsen will play a high-profile tournament in the United States.

The World’s No. 1 ranked player will take on three other top-ten players in Saint Louis this September when he joins GMs Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky for the Sinquefield Cup, a four-player, double round robin scheduled to be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) September 9-15.

In November, Carlsen will challenge GM Viswanathan Anand of India for the World Championship title.

CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich said this event marks an important milestone for U.S. chess.

“We are honored to bring the world’s best to Saint Louis this September,” Rich said. “Hosting an event of this magnitude is yet another sign that the U.S. is becoming a major player in the world chess scene.”

Carlsen and Aronian currently sit atop the world rankings at No. 1 and 2, respectively, while Nakamura and Kamsky hold the No. 1 and 2 spots in the U.S.

GM Magnus Carlsen looks on as GM Hikaru Nakamura contemplates his next move at the London Chess Classic in 2012 | Image Courtesy Ray Morris-Hill

Nakamura is coming off one of the most successful three-game runs of his career having recently defeated GMs Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana at the Tal Memorial, which has vaulted him back into fifth place in the world rankings.

Kamsky also is coming off one of his most successful tournament performances in recent years with a second-place finish at the FIDE Grand Prix that recently concluded in Thessaloniki, Greece. Kamsky, who recently won his fourth U.S. Championship title, climbed back into the world’s top 10 for the first time since September 2011.

The average FIDE rating for the field is over 2800, making it the strongest tournament in the history of the U.S.

The opening ceremony will take place on September 8, and round 1 will begin at 1 p.m. CT on Monday, September 9.

The Sinquefield Cup, which will feature a prize fund of $170,000, is named after the founders of the CCSCSL, Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. The Sinquefields were each honored by the U.S. Chess Federation with a Gold Koltanowski award in 2012, with Rex also earning the distinction in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The award is given to the person or persons who have done the most to promote chess in the U.S. each year.

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  • 3 jaar geleden


    Go Carlsen and Nakamura! 

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Is anyone attending this in person?

  • 3 jaar geleden


    go kramnik

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Wow wow wow. and wow! Tempted to go for a week!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Indeed a rarity in the US!  We hope to provide a good experience for Magnus and Levon so they will come back soon.

    The last big international I recall was the Church's San Antonio 1972 or 73, Karpov, Petrosian, Gligoric, Larsen, Portisch, Hort, and Keres all played.

    There were some strong fields in the Lone Pine events in the '70s and '80s, but it was an almost-open event (restricted to 2300+ in the later years due to high demand).

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I don't understand why they don't make a huge tournament also for common chess folks in concomitance with this one, since that should be the idea for spreading chess. To have these super-giants, and another series of tournaments for non-pro chess players, that can also watch the champions fight.

  • 3 jaar geleden



  • 3 jaar geleden


    Monster tournament.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Damm...TLC should televised this

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Very, very cool!

  • 3 jaar geleden

    NM Petrosianic

    The first elite closed super-tournament (featuring the very best players) in the US in decades.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Wow Awesome!! I'm going to try and book a flight out there!  Amazing this is so cool; almost like this since the 1st and 2nd Piatagorsky Cups back in the 60's.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Actually, even though there are only 4 players, it is technically the strongest tournament (judged by average current rating) in the history of the world, not just the US

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Nice! My birthday is on September 8th! a nice birthday gift!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    WOW This is going to be a tourney to follow!Smile

  • 3 jaar geleden


    The field is superstacked ! 

    Should be an awesome tournament, with many decisive games !

    go go Carlsen ;)

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Go aronion

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I hope that Carlsen will come back after he has to deal with the TSA feeling him up, looking for Al Qaeda hiding in his clothes, (of course me writing Al Qaeda will have this message flagged by the NSA and read, so I'll tell the NSA to get their tyranny out of my country!).  Them looking for Al Qaeda is  hypocritical considering we are supplying Al Qaeda with weapons in Libya and Syria.  So hopefully the TSA won't bother Carlsen so he will want to come back for more tournaments.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    St. Louis is where great chess masters congregate and the chess capital of the U.S. Looking forward on the event.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    This is great, four giants of the game. Big thanks to the Sinquefields. St. Louis is becoming synonymous with top level chess.

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