St. Louis Chess Club to host Sinquefield Cup

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 2022 Chess Grand Tour is wrapping up with the Sinquefield Cup starting Thursday evening at the Saint Louis Chess Club in the Central West End. 

The biggest names in chess, including prodigy and world champion Magnus Carlsen, will be competing for the $175,000 grand prize. Nine other players will be joining Carlsen, five of whom hail from the United States.

The opening ceremony was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. The event is open to the public, and ticket information can be viewed here.

“The Sinquefield Cup is one of the longest-running international chess tournaments to be held in the United States. We are proud to once again host the final leg of the 2022 Grand Chess Tour at the Saint Louis Chess Club,” said Executive Director Tony Rich. “Our fans are sure to be thrilled to watch their favorite chess grandmasters compete in over 14 days of exhilarating rapid, blitz and classical chess.”

2022 Sinquefield Cup Field

Ratings as of August 1, 2022

Title Name Residence Player Type FIDE Rating URS Rating
GM Magnus Carlsen NOR Wildcard 2864 2856
GM Alireza Firouzja FRA Full Tour 2778 2773
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi FID Full Tour 2792 2783
GM Fabiano Caruana USA Full Tour 2776 2791
GM Levon Aronian USA Full Tour 2775 2781
GM Wesley So USA Full Tour 2773 2789
GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE Full Tour 2758 2759
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA Full Tour 2757 2784
GM Leinier Dominguez USA Full Tour 2754 2753
GM Hans Niemann USA Wildcard 2687 2639

Due to ongoing local COVID-19 restrictions, fans will not be allowed in the tournament hall. Those interested in the tournament can still watch the broadcast online or at the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Those looking to witness Scotch opens, Sicilian defenses or even some Queen’s gambits also can tune in on or on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s YouTube and channels.

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