The world’s best chess players return to Saint Louis for the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and Sinquefield Cup tournaments on August 25

World champion Magnus Carlsen amounts to St. Louis, Missouri

ST. LOUIS, August 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The seventh edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT), a series of five elite chess tournaments held around the world, will return to America’s chess capital at the Saint Louis Chess Club in August 25 – 30, 2022. The St. Louis Rapid & Blitz will kick off the festivities with 10 of the world’s best chess players competing to $175,000 in cash prizes. The Grand Chess Tour 2022 will end with the prestigious Sinquefield Cup of September 1 – 12, 2022; this will be the second classic tournament of the tour, after the three rapid and blitz events. The reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen will headline the Sinquefield Cup as a generic player, where he will be joined by the nine players from the full GCT circuit competing for the $350,000 total price fund. The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and Sinquefield Cup tournaments are sponsored by the Saint Louis Chess Club.

“The Sinquefield Cup is one of the oldest international chess tournaments to be held in United States,” said tony rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We are proud to once again host the final stop of the 2022 Grand Chess Tour at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Our fans will surely be thrilled to see their favorite chess grandmasters compete over 14 days of rapid chess, exhilarating blitzes and classics.”

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will host 10 of the best players in the world, including world number 3, Alireza Firouzja and the winner of the Superbet Chess Classic 2022, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The tournament will feature eight players from the full GCT circuit and two wildcards, the American favorites Hikaru Nakamura and Sam Shankland. The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will be played as a rapid round robin and a double blitz round robin. This will be the fourth step on the 2022 Big chess tower.

2022 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Field
Ratings as of August 1, 2022

Title

Last name

Residence

type of player

Fast FIDE
Evaluation

FIDE Blitz
Evaluation

URS
Evaluation

GM

Hikaru Nakamura

UNITED STATES

Wildcard character

2837

2850

2819

GM

Ian Nepomniachtchi

DIF

Full visit

2795

2791

2783

GM

Fabien Caruana

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2766

2847

2791

GM

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

ENG

Full visit

2763

2812

2784

GM

Levon Aronian

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2728

2850

2781

GM

Leinier Dominguez

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2705

2708

2753

GM

Alireza Firouzja

ENG

Full visit

2704

2795

2773

GM

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

AZE

Full visit

2695

2710

2759

GM

Sam Shankland

UNITED STATES

Wildcard character

2616

2645

2714

*GM

Jeffrey Xiong

UNITED STATES

Wildcard character

2725

2714

2697

*Due to ongoing travel restrictions in the United States related to Covid 19, Richard Rapport will not be able to play the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz.

The Sinquefield Cup will be the last event played on the Grand Chess Tour this season. The nine players on the full circuit will be joined by the world champion Magnus Carlsen in a classic 10-player round robin.

The top three finishers from this year’s Tour automatically qualify to compete in the 2023 Grand Chess Tour. If a playoff is needed to determine 1st2n/a and 3rd places of the Grand Chess Tour 2022, it will take place on monday september 12 at 1:00 p.m. CT. The top three are also vying for the $150,000 in GCT bonus prizes.

This year, the date of the Sinquefield Cup Opening Ceremony also falls on the 50th anniversary of the American by Bobby Fisher Historic victory over the Russian Boris Spassky at the legendary 1972 World Chess Championship, ending 24 years of Soviet dominance in the sport. The opening ceremony of the Sinquefield Cup will take place on September 1st of 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park and will be open to the public. Find out more and buy tickets.

2022 Sinquefield Cup ground

Ratings as of August 1, 2022

Title

Last name

Residence

type of player

FIDE rating

URS Ranking

GM

Magnus Carlsen

NEITHER

Wildcard character

2864

2856

GM

Alireza Firouzja

ENG

Full visit

2778

2773

GM

Ian Nepomniachtchi

DIF

Full visit

2792

2783

GM

Fabien Caruana

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2776

2791

GM

Levon Aronian

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2775

2781

GM

so wesley

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2773

2789

GM

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

AZE

Full visit

2758

2759

GM

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

ENG

Full visit

2757

2784

GM

Leinier Dominguez

UNITED STATES

Full visit

2754

2753

*GM

Hans Niemann

UNITED STATES

Wildcard character

2687

2639

*Due to ongoing travel restrictions to the United States related to Covid 19, Richard Rapport will not be able to play in the Sinquefield Cup.

Due to local COVID-19 restrictions, live viewers will not be permitted in the tournament venue, but fans can watch the entire stream online or at the Saint Louis Chess Club with a Grandmaster commentary team of Yasser Seirawan, Christian Chirila and Peter Svidler for the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz and Yasswer Seirawan, Alejandro Ramirez and Peter Svidler for the Sinquefield Cup. Watch all rounds daily on 12:50 CT exclusively on granchesstour.org and on the Saint Louis Chess Club Youtube and Twitch.tv canals.

About the Grand Chess Tour
The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the best players in the world. The Legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess ambassadors in the world, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between organizers. All Grand Chess Tour 2022 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about the tour, please visit grandchesstour.org.

About the Saint Louis Chess Club
The Saint Louis Chess Club is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization 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 advanced chess classes, beginners classes, and special lectures.

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

About the Superbet Foundation
Founded in 2019, the Superbet Foundation is a non-profit organization. Its role is to coordinate the CSR actions of the Superbet Group and to ensure the link with civil society organizations and the general public. Through its activity, the Foundation aspires to a better world, with healthy and educated people and by supporting various projects, it wants to inspire people to adopt unshakable moral values. It supports projects in fields such as education, health, culture, performance in sport and, more particularly, in chess. Since 2019, chess has become one of the backbones of the Superbet Foundation by organizing its first Grand Chess Tour tournament in Bucharest. The Foundation is committed to making GCT tournaments a tradition for the Romanian and Polish chess communities. For more information, visit superchess.ro.

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