Two new online tournaments in September, one including Kasparov

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8/22/2020 – The top international chess superstars are set to battle online from September 11-19 in two exciting tournaments hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club — the Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX and the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. World champion Magnus Carlsen will play in both events, while living legend Garry Kasparov will be among the participants of the Fischer Random event. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

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Fischer Random, Rapid and Blitz 

Press release

The top international chess superstars are set to battle online from September 11-19 in two exciting tournaments hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club. Champions Showdown:Chess 9LX will feature the world’s top grandmasters including legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov, the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen and World Number 2 Fabiano Caruana. The ten grandmasters will be competing online from September 11-13 and the matches will be played in Chess 9LX style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $150,000 prize fund. 

Chess 9LX is another term for Chess 960 or Fischer Random. Chess 9LX 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 they arrive before the start of the round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will be held September 15-19 online and will showcase some of the world’s top rapid and blitz players including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and a few of the American favorites - Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez and Jeffery Xiong. The ten players will be competing for a $250,000 prize fund in nine rapid games and eighteen blitz games over five days of play. The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is typically one of the Saint Louis legs of the famed Grand Chess Tour, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s tour was canceled

“We are thrilled to bring these two fan-favorite tournaments to our global audience this September. While in-person tournaments are still not possible, we know that these upcoming events will intrigue and excite fans around the world,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX Field

Player

URS Rating

Magnus Carlsen

2855

Hikaru Nakamura

2801

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

2797

Fabiano Caruana

2794

Wesley So

2783

Levon Aronian

2773

Leinier Dominguez

2754

Peter Svidler

2740

Alireza Firouzja

2726

Garry Kasparov

2632

Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Field

Player

URS Rating

Magnus Carlsen

2855

Hikaru Nakamura

2801

Wesley So

2783

Ian Nepomniachtchi

2777

Alexander Grischuk

2776

Levon Aronian

2773

Leinier Dominguez

2754

Alireza Firouzja

2726

Pentala Harikrishna 

2714

Jeffery Xiong

2687

Both tournaments will include expert commentary featuring GM’s Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Viewers can watch both exciting tournaments on uschesschamps.com or on the Saint Louis Chess Club's Youtube and Twitch.tv channels. 
Games will start daily at 1:00pm CDT (GMT-5) from September 11-13 for Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX and from September 15-19 for Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. 

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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