August 28, 2013

For the first time, World Championship challenger Grand Master Magnus Carlsen of Norway will play a high-profile chess tournament in the U.S.

The world’s No. 1 ranked player will take on three other top-10 players in the Sinquefield Cup, a four-player, double round robin scheduled for Sept. 9-15 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., in the Central West End.

Carlsen joins GMs Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky for the competition. Opening ceremony is Sunday, Sept. 8, and round 1 will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

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

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.

The Sinquefield Cup, which features a prize fund of $170,000, is named after the founders of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield.


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