World Champion Magnus Carlsen Headlines Champions Showdown in Saint Louis

Rapid and Blitz Matches Features Top Three Americans and
Five International Champions


SAINT LOUIS, October 23, 2017 — The Saint Louis Chess Club will host a series of four matches, the Champions Showdown, November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m. 

The match-ups include Fabiano Caruana (USA) vs. Alexander Grishchuk (Russia); Hikaru Nakamura (USA) vs. former World Champion Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria); and reigning U.S. Chess Champion Wesley So (USA) vs. Leinier Dominguez (Cuba). These matches will be held November 9th through 12th.

For the first time in recent history, each match will feature play with no delay or increment, meaning the games will be faster and more exhilarating for fans to watch, both online and in person at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Each day the games will be faster with less time on the clocks. 

“We were looking for something special for some of the world’s top players to come to Saint Louis in November,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “With no time increments or delay, we believe this will be one of the most watched and exciting set of matches of the year.”

For a complete schedule and to watch live, visit uschesschamps.com. The matches will be broadcast live at 1 p.m., CDT, with the final day starting at 11 a.m.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway)2837Ding Liren (China)2774
Fabiano Caruana (USA)2798Alexander Grishchuk (Russia)2781
Hikaru Nakamura (USA)2779Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria2749
Wesley So (USA)                        2788Leinier Dominguez (Cuba)2739

Champions Showdown
Nov. 9
1-6:30 p.m.
G/30 Rounds 1-4
Nov. 10
1-5:30 p.m.
G/20 Rounds 1-6
6-7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11
1-5:30 p.m.
G/10 Rounds 1-8
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/30 Rounds 1-4
Nov. 12
1-5:30 p.m.
G/5 Rounds 1-12
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren x G/20 Rounds 1-6
Nov. 13
1-5:30 p.m.
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/10 Rounds 1-8
Nov. 14
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/5 Rounds 1-12

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) 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 and special lectures.

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 saintlouischessclub.org.