Champions Showdown in St. Louis

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2/15/2019 – Immediately after the Cairns Cup (February 5 to 16) the Saint Louis Chess Club hosts another top class event: the Champions Showdown. From February 20 to February 24 ten top players show their skills in five rapid and exhibition matches. Press Release. | Picture: Saint Louis Chess Club

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Champions Showdown Features Ten Kings of Chess

Saint Louis Chess Club to host international matches February 20-24, 2019

SAINT LOUIS (February 14, 2019)The 2019 installment of the Champions Showdown will feature five unique matchups between top world players, as well as up-and-coming chess stars. Five U.S. players have chosen opponents from around the world and will face-off in a head-to-head format with three days of rapid play and two days of blitz play from February 20-24, 2019 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. In the end, $300,000 in prize money will be divided with each winner receiving $36,000 and the opposing player receiving $24,000.

Four players from the silver medal winning chess olympiad team, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, and Sam Shankland, along with new US Chess member Leinier Dominguez have chosen international chess stars to compete against this February. Opponents include former World Champion Veselin Topalov, as well as young rising stars like Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Richard Rapport. The tournament is sure to thrill fans, as well as give a look at the play of the U.S. players just ahead of the U.S. Chess Championships.

“We really enjoy having these exhibition matches where players can experiment with their chess play and show us new strategies and tactics,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “Each of these players have their own style and it will be exciting to see the results of each matchup.”
 

Name Rapid Blitz
FIDE Rating
Federation        Name Rapid Blitz
FIDE Rating
Federation
Fabiano
Caruana
2772
2770
USA vs Pentala
Harikrishna
2711
2641
India
Hikaru
Nakamura
2845
2894
USA vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2716
2818
Poland
Wesley
So
2797
2775
USA vs David
Navara
2688
2661
Czech Republic
Leinier Dominguez 2816
2717
USA vs Veselin
Topalov
2717
2708
Bulgaria
Sam
Shankland
2622
2639
USA vs Richard
Rapport
2708
2695
Hungary

Each round will start at 1 p.m. CST and be broadcast live on uschesschamps.com. Fans can follow the expert commentary of GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, and GM Maurice Ashley each day or visit the Saint Louis Chess Club to catch the action in person. 

About the Saint Louis Chess Club
The Saint Louis Chess Club 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 Saint Louis Chess Club 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.

For more information, please contact:

Kiley Herndon
Saint Louis Chess Club
(314) 309-0799
kherndon@saintlouischessclub.org

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Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 2/18/2019 05:29
We can salute Sam's courage.
JacobFreeze JacobFreeze 2/16/2019 03:40
I love the way Caruana, Nakamura, So, and Dominguez all chose much, much weaker players for their "competition." It's already just a sad joke before the first move was made.
KevinC KevinC 2/16/2019 12:09
Shankland's standard rating is off by 100 points.
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