The kings of chess will go head to head when the Grand Chess Tour comes to St. Louis Aug. 22-Sept. 3. Described by event organizers as the “gold standard” for chess events, the tour brings together 10 of the world’s top grandmasters for competition.
The St. Louis competition, known as the Sinquefield Cup, is one of only three stops in the worldwide tour, and the only one in the United States. The tour will also visit London and Norway.
With top competitors, commentary and large prizes, the Grand Chess Tour is designed to shine a spotlight on global chess competition. The competition brings with it $300,000 in prizes, including $75,000 to the first place winner.
Little “ROOK-ies” can meet the titans of the game during an autograph session Saturday, Aug. 22. The Field includes Magnus Carlsen, Norway; Fabiano Caruana, United States; Hikaru Nakamura, United States; Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria; Alexander Grischuk, Russia; Viswanathan Anand, India; Anish Giri, Netherlands; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France; Levron Aronian, Armenia; and Wesley So, United States.
Children who are inspired to take to the checkered field can join the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for nightly events throughout the Sinquefield Cup or register for classes or private lessons. Families can also explore the World Chess Hall of Fame, which houses a collection of chess artifacts and offers activities and events for all ages.
Single-day tickets are available for $10; tickets for all nine rounds may be purchased for $80. Admission to Ultimate Moves is an additional $10. All events will be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, located in the Central West End at 4652-7 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63108. Note that flash photography and phones are not permitted in the tournament hall. For a complete schedule of the Sinquefield Cup visit grandchesstour.com.