Sinquefield Cup starts tomorrow

9/9/2013 – One of the strongest tournaments of the year starts tomorrow as the Sinquefield Cup kicks off. A double round robin tournament with Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura and Kamsky is sure to attract a lot of attention, especially as it is Carlsen's last event before his match against Anand for the World Championship. Today the players had an autograph session and we bring you a pictorial report.

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The Sinquefield Cup is taking place from September 9th to September 15th at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The tournament brings together the top two players in the world as well as the top two Americans in a double round robin. The time control is the standard FIDE 90 minutes for 40 moves plus thirty minutes at move 40 with 30 second increment throughout.

The games begin Monday September 9th at 1 pm CST (Central Standard Time). Today the players had a meet and greet event with the fans and an autograph session for an hour and a half.

Levon Aronian was very enthusiastic with the fans and was extremely approachable

Hikaru Nakamura is the local favorite, and the only player that will be staying at his own apartment during the event

Fans had the opportunity to take pictures not only with the group of players...

but also individually.

The line was quite long with dozens upon dozens of fans enduring the rain to get in the room with the grandmasters

Fans came in all ages

Most fans brought chessboards, posters and chess books for the autographs

Some other fans came very prepared to the event...

This is a poster of Magnus in the London Eye, some spectators even brought memorabilia from the London Classic for signatures!

Many Armenians came to meet their hero, Levon Aronian. The Armenian flag was very prevalent at the meet and greet event.

All photos by Sabrina Chevannes

Playchess will have live commentary for every round with the following schedule:

09.09.2013 Round 1 Alejandro Ramirez
10.09.2013 Round 2 Daniel King
11.09.2013 Round 3 Lawrence Trent
12.09.2013 Free
13.09.2013 Round 4 Lawrence Trent
14.09.2013 Round 5 Daniel King
15.09.2013 Round 6 Alejandro Ramirez

Schedule

Round 01 – September 09 2013, 13:00h
Carlsen, Magnus 2862
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Kamsky, Gata 2741
Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
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Aronian, Levon 2813
Round 02 – September 10 2013, 13:00h
Aronian, Levon 2813
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Carlsen, Magnus 2862
Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
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Kamsky, Gata 2741
Round 03 – September 11 2013, 13:00h
Carlsen, Magnus 2862
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Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
Kamsky, Gata 2741
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Aronian, Levon 2813
Round 04 – September 13 2013, 13:00h
Kamsky, Gata 2741
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Carlsen, Magnus 2862
Aronian, Levon 2813
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Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
Round 05 – September 14 2013, 13:00h
Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
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Magnus, Carlsen 2862
Aronian, Levon 2813
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Kamsky, Gata 2741
Round 06 – September 15 2013, 11:00h
Carlsen, Magnus 2862
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Aronian, Levon 2813
Kamsky, Gata 2741
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Nakamura, Hikaru 2780

The games start at 20:00h European time, 22:00h Moscow, 2 p.m. New York. You can find your regional starting time here. The commentary on Playchess begins one hour after the start of the games and is free for premium members.

Links

The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

 


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