Champions Showdown Live

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11/14/2017 – Today, the Champions Showdown in St. Louis will end. Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen will play 12 blitz games with a time-control of 5 minutes for the whole game. After three days Carlsen leads by 50-18 and thus secured the match. Even if Ding Liren won all 12 blitz games today he would not catch up. But no matter the result, 12 high-class blitz games are still worth watching. The games begin at 18:00 CET (11 am in Saint Louis) on Tuesday. You can follow the action live.

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Champions Showdown, Day 6

The Saint Louis Chess Club hosts a series of four matches, the Champions Showdown, November 9th to14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz.

The matches

  • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov
  • Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk
  • Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez
  • Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren (begins November 11)


  • Thursday Nov. 9th —  G/30 Rounds 1 - 4 (except for Carlsen vs. Ding)
  • Friday Nov. 10th — G/20 Rounds 1 - 6
  • Saturday Nov. 11th 1 - 5:30 PM G/10 Rounds 1 - 8 & Carlsen vs. Ding G/30 Rounds 1 - 4
  • Sunday Nov. 12th — G/5 Rounds 1 - 12 & Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/20 Rounds 1 - 6
  • Monday Nov. 13th  — Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/10 Rounds 1 - 8
  • Tuesday Nov. 14th — Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/5 Rounds 1-12

No delay or increment will be used. Wins are weighted depending on the time control. Game 30 wins are worth 5 points with draws worth 2½ points. Game 20 wins are worth 4 points, with draws adding 2 points. In Game 10, a draw nets 1½ and a win 3 points.

Day 6 commentary

Commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Maurice Ashley

Carlsen vs. Ding


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On-demand playlist

Illustrating the effect of no increment time control, last week GM commentators Alejandro Ramirez and Christian Chrila played a trio of bullet games.

You can also find each days complete commentary in the playlist menu (click or tap the icon in the upper left of the video player).

2017 Champions Showdown playlist | Source: CCSCSL on YouTube

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