Magnus Carlsen heads stellar lineup at the Sinquefield Cup

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9/2/2022 – As the only remaining destination to be part of every Grand Chess Tour since its first edition in 2015, the Sinquefield Cup continues to be an essential element of the GCT circuit. This year’s edition is set to take place on September 2-12 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Magnus Carlsen heads a star-studded field, which includes eight ‘tour regulars’. The regulars will be fighting for an extra $175,000 in prize money reserved for the three top-ranked players of the series. | Photo: Grand Chess Tour / Lennart Ootes

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The final event of the 2022 Grand Chess Tour

As the only remaining destination to be part of every Grand Chess Tour since its first edition in 2015, the Sinquefield Cup continues to be an essential element of the GCT circuit.

Sponsored by the Saint Louis Chess Club annually in the America’s chess capital of Saint Louis, the Sinquefield Cup continues its tradition of classical format that will conclude the 2022 Grand Chess Tour. As the ending tour stop, this will be the final opportunity for competitors to earn points for a chance to be crowned champion of the entire Grand Chess Tour.

The final stop on this year’s tour will feature eight full tour players and two wildcards — i.e. world champion Magnus Carlsen and US rising star Hans Niemann, who stepped in after Richard Rapport had to withdraw.

An extra $175,000 will be awarded to the three top-ranked players in the tour standings ($100k, $50k and $25k for first, second and third, respectively). In case of a tie for first place in the overall standings, a GCT playoff will take place on September 12.

After four tournaments of the series have been completed, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is leading the tour standings with 26½ points. Alireza Firouzja stands close behind, with 25½ points to his name.

The confirmed field for the 2022 Sinquefield Cup:

Name Player Type URS Rating Residence
Magnus Carlsen Wildcard 2853 Norway
Ian Nepomniachtchi Full Tour Player  2794 FIDE
Wesley So Full Tour Player  2789 USA
Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player  2787 USA
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Full Tour Player 2784 France
Levon Aronian Full Tour Player 2779 USA
Alireza Firouzja Full Tour Player 2774 France
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Full Tour Player 2752 Azerbaijan
Leinier Dominguez Full Tour Player 2745 USA
Hans Niemann Wildcard 2639 USA

Grand Chess Tour 2022

Schedule

  • September 2-6: Rounds 1-5
  • September 7: Rest day
  • September 8-11: Rounds 6-9
  • September 12: Potential GCT playoff + Closing ceremony

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