Chess 9LX: Kasparov amid stellar lineup in Saint Louis

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9/3/2023 – Presented by the Saint Louis Chess Club, the highly anticipated ‘2023 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX’ returns this September 8-10, 2023 at the World Chess Hall of Fame with another exciting line-up featuring the top players from the United States, including World No. 3 and reigning World 960 Champion GM Hikaru Nakamura and World No. 2 GM Fabiano Caruana competing alongside legendary former World Champion Garry Kasparov. | Photo: Lennart Ootes (2022)

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Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX

Press release by the Saint Louis Chess Club

Presented by the Saint Louis Chess Club, the highly anticipated 2023 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX returns this September 8-10, 2023 at the World Chess Hall of Fame with another exciting line-up featuring a prize purse of $150,000. This year’s tournament features the top players from the United States, including World No. 3 and reigning World 960 Champion GM Hikaru Nakamura and World No. 2 GM Fabiano Caruana competing alongside legendary former World Champion Garry Kasparov.

Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club, said:

As the epicenter of U.S. chess, we are proud to host another elite event featuring legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov and reigning Chess960 World Champion Hikaru Nakamura. Fans are sure to enjoy the fast-paced action and surprises that keep the world’s best players on their toes in this unique event.

Chess 9LX is a tournament played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random Chess. Chess 960 is a variant of chess created by Bobby Fischer in the late 1990s in which the pieces on the home rank are randomized, with 960 representing the number of possible starting positions. Players will not know the order of the home rank pieces until just before the start of each round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.

Champions Chess Showdown 2023

The new position has been shared with the players — time to analyse! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX Field

Player URS Rating
GM Garry Kasparov 2552
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2808
GM Fabiano Caruana 2789
GM Wesley So 2781
GM Levon Aronian 2771
GM Leinier Dominguez 2727
GM Jeffery Xiong 2700
GM Ray Robson 2691
GM Sam Sevian 2689
GM Sam Shankland 2685

Games will start daily at 2:00pm CDT (GMT-5) from September 8-10, 2023 for Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. The tournament will include expert commentary featuring GM Yasser Seirawan, Cristian Chirila and IM Nazi Paikidze. Due to COVID-19 precautions there will be no live spectators allowed but fans can watch the action online at uschesschamps.com or on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s YouTube and Twitch.tv channels. 

Event festivities will kick-off on Thursday, September 7 with Ultimate Moves, a fun and casual exhibition event featuring Saint Louis Chess Club co-founder Rex Sinquefield teaming up with legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov and the Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX field.

In tandem with the chess events, the World Chess Hall of Fame has two incredible exhibitions on view: “Sound Moves: Where Music Meets Chess” and “T. S. Eliot: A Game of Chess.” Both exhibitions showcase how the timeless game has had a powerful influence across music, literature and culture and will be on view through January 2024.


About Chess 9LX

Chess 9LX is a trademark of the St. Louis Chess Club, and the name of one of its annual tournaments. All competitions in the Chess 9LX tournament are played in the Chess 960 or Fischer Random style. Players will not know the order of the home rank pieces until they arrive before the start of the round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization 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.


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