New chess circuit to be announced in Saint Louis

4/24/2015 – Starting tomorrow two great chess legends, the Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short, will play a ten-game match – two rapid and eight blitz – in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Today at 3 p.m. local time, the CCSC will host a news press conference announce a new international chess circuit with the world's leading professional players. You can watch it live.

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The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host a news press conference Friday, April 24 at 3:00pm CDT to announce the establishment of a new international chess circuit that will involve the world's leading professional chess players. You can watch it live in this news stream of the organizers:

The press conference starts at 15:00h = 3 p.m. local time, 22:00h European Summer Time,
21:00 London, 23:00 Moscow, 1 a.m. (Saturday) in India, 6 a.m. Saturday in Australia.
You will find the starting time at your personal location here.

Press release by CCSCSL Staff on April 07, 2015 in

Garry Kasparov vs. Nigel Short, Battle of the Legends

World chess legends Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short will meet later this month for the first Battle of the Legends exhibition match, to be held in Saint Louis, the Chess Capital of the United States.

On April 25-26, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and famed English Grandmaster Nigel Short will play a series of blitz and rapid games at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), rekindling the duo’s match at the 1993 World Chess Championship.

Kasparov is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time, one of the youngest World Champions in history, who held the world’s No. 1 spot from 1985 until his retirement in 2005. Hailed a chess prodigy at the age of ten, Short was one of the youngest grandmasters in the world, earning the title at age 19 in 1984. Later he became the first Englishman to compete for the World Chess Championship in 1993.

“Rapid and blitz chess are – as the name suggests, fast and furious," Kasparov said. "The smallest mistake can ruin a strategy quickly. It’s not often that I get to play Nigel and relive that moment on the chess world stage in 1993, and we’re both excited to have Saint Louis as the venue for this exhibition. An international spotlight has been shone on the city thanks to the efforts of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, advancing chess through its combination of research, scholastic programs and these high-profile events and exhibitions.”

The April match will feature a total of ten games spanning over two days of play, each featuring one game with a rapid time control, and four games with the faster blitz time control. The entire event will be broadcast live on the U.S. Chess Champs web site, featuring live commentary and analysis from a world-renowned commentary team.

“We’re honored to host two of the chess greats for this exhibition match,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the CCSCSL. “Our work at the club is focused on raising awareness of chess and we can’t think of a more distinguished match-up to do just that than Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short.”

  • Schedule: April 25 and 26, with one rapid game, followed by four blitz games each day
  • Time Controls: Rapid 25 minutes, with a ten second increment; Blitz five minutes, with a three second increment.

The event is unrated, and there will be no tiebreaks in case of a drawn match.


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

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firestorm firestorm 4/24/2015 07:07
PaulPena, "It will be Short, and it will be short" is a quotation from Kasparov when asked who he thought his challenger would be from the Short-Timman Candidates final, and (iirc), their chance in a match against him. Its a great shame Timman never did get to play Kasparov, I think that would have been a better match (with all respect to Nigel), and wouldn't have led to Kasparov playing the match outside FIDE. In any event, kudos to Sinquefield for continuing to organise excellent events.
Mike Pacasi Mike Pacasi 4/24/2015 05:51
If Short plays "solid, positional chess" and wins, I think Kaspy will complain...
Niima Niima 4/24/2015 04:07
It would be interesting to see how an out-of-practice Kasparov does against Short, who is quite active and just won a tournament. If Kasparov wins easily, it would be yet another testament to his amazing prowess.
Rational Rational 4/24/2015 11:08
You can't turn back the clock, but great to see Kasparov back in action.
Maybe more interesting opponents thanShort available, but it was a World Championship match up after all and they had an interesting blitz match a few years ago. For a brief time Short was the Second best player in the world in 1993.
oldsalt7 oldsalt7 4/24/2015 09:58
Should it not be Kasparov vs Judith Polgar - after all Judith made short work of Short in a rapid/blitz face-off on recently. But Kasparov won't risk it,will he?
PaulPena PaulPena 4/9/2015 03:01
Is KrushonIrina serious? It probably won't be short and it DEFINITELY won't be Short.
rubenjr rubenjr 4/9/2015 01:47
if short plays d4 it will be a fresh encounter
JackCrabb JackCrabb 4/9/2015 03:01
and to make revitalisation complete, the victor plays Judit Polgar then ?!
kadrleyn kadrleyn 4/8/2015 04:48
I think Kasparov.
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KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 4/8/2015 04:22
It will be Short -- and it will be short.