The Sinquefield Cup, the final event of the GCT, begins today

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8/17/2021 – The final event of the Grand Chess Tour’s sixth edition, the Sinquefield Cup, will begin on August 17th, immediately following the conclusion of the 2021 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. The event will feature ten top-ranked international players competing for a total prize fund of $325,000, and will determine the winner of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, who will take home the additional $100,000 prize. | Pictured: Jeffery Xiong at the opening ceremony | Photo: Austin Fuller

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Additional $100,000 prize at stake

The sixth edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has returned to America’s Chess Capital at the Saint Louis Chess Club this month. Round 1 of the Sinquefield Cup will begin on August 17th, immediately following the conclusion of the 2021 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz.

The final event of the tour will also be the second classical chess tournament featuring 10, top-ranked international players competing for a total prize fund of $325,000.

“The Sinquefield Cup is one of the longest running international chess tournaments to be held in the United States,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director, Saint Louis Chess Club. “We are excited to be offering our fans the opportunity to watch via livestream their favorite players compete once again over the board as we return to more in-person events this year.” 
 
The Sinquefield Cup will be the last classical chess tournament played on the Grand Chess Tour this season and will conclude the 2021 tour. The final stop on this year’s tour will feature five full tour players and five wildcards played in round robin format for nine rounds.  

If a playoff is required it will occur on Friday, August 27th at 3:00pm CT to determine the winner of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour and who will take home the additional $100,000 prize.  

The confirmed field for the Sinquefield Cup is as follows: 

Name Player Type URS Rating Residence
Wesley So  Full Tour Player   2791 USA
Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player  2782 USA
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Full Tour Player  2781 France
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Full Tour Player 2767 Azerbaijan
Richard Rapport Full Tour Player 2741 Hungary
Peter Svidler Wildcard 2736 Russia
Leinier Dominguez Wildcard 2749 USA
Sam Shankland Wildcard 2709 USA
Jeffery Xiong Wildcard 2690 USA
Dariusz Swiercz Wildcard 2656 USA

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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

About the Grand Chess Tour™ 

The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world's best players. The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers. All Grand Chess Tour 2021 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions.

The GCT is sponsored by the Superbet Foundation, Vivendi, Colliers International, and the Saint Louis Chess Club. All Grand Chess Tour 2021 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about the tour, please visit grandchesstour.org

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chessdrummer chessdrummer 8/20/2021 02:05
@Flopmartin Perhaps it's refreshing not to see the same players in the Sinquefield Cup year after year, tournament after tournament.
Stephen Ham Stephen Ham 8/17/2021 09:29
I'm cheering for GM Wesley So. Go Wesley! Go USA!
FramiS FramiS 8/17/2021 08:09
@Flopmartin
The US is banning the arrival of people who have been in the Schengen zone in the past two weeks. Therefore Giri, Aronian, Grischuk and Radjabov weren't able to enter the US and to play in St. Louis. That is the reason why some regular participants will have played fewer games at the end, besides Rapport who was ill at Bucharest and wasn't able to play there.
Leavenfish Leavenfish 8/17/2021 02:37
Being from the US, I hate to say it...but I can count some players in the list who really do not belong.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 8/17/2021 10:42
@Flopmartin Rapport had to withraw from one of the events played in Bucharest because of health issues.
Flopmartin Flopmartin 8/17/2021 10:07
Can someone explain me please why some "regular participants" have less events played than others, even though the Sinquefield Cup is the last event to be played?
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