Starting Wednesday: St. Louis Rapid & Blitz

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8/10/2021 – The fourth leg of this year’s Grand Chess Tour will be played on August 11-15. The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will host 10 of the top players from around the world including world number 2, Fabiano Caruana (pictured), and 2021 Paris Rapid and Blitz winner, Wesley So. The tournament will showcase four GCT full tour players and six wildcards, including American favorites Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominguez and first time participants, Sam Shankland and Jeffery Xiong. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Caruana, So and Mamedyarov in the mix

Press release by the Grand Chess Tour

The sixth edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT), a series of five elite chess tournaments held across the globe, will return to America’s Chess Capital at the Saint Louis Chess Club from August 10-16, 2021. Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will kick off the festivities with 10 of the world’s best chess players competing for $150,000 in prize money. 

“The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is one of the premier international chess tournaments to be held in the United States,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director, Saint Louis Chess Club. “We’re thrilled to welcome back the world’s best for this event as we begin to return to more over the board events in 2021 and beyond.” 
 
The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will host 10 of the top players from around the world including World Number 2, Fabiano Caruana, and 2021 Paris Rapid and Blitz winner, Wesley So. The tournament will showcase four GCT full tour players and six wildcards, including American favorites Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominguez and first time participants, Sam Shankland and Jeffery Xiong. The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will be played as a rapid round robin and blitz double round robin format. This will be the fourth stop on the 2021 Grand Chess Tour.

The confirmed field for the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is as follows: 

Name Player Type URS Rating Residence
Wesley So  Full Tour Player   2793 USA
Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player  2784 USA
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Full Tour Player  2767 Azerbaijan
Richard Rapport Full Tour Player 2742 Hungary
Hikaru Nakamura Wildcard 2803 USA
Peter Svidler Wildcard 2738 Russia
Leinier Dominguez Wildcard 2750 USA
Liem Le Wildcard 2737 Vietnam
Sam Shankland Wildcard 2697 USA
Jeffery Xiong Wildcard 2690 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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Stephen Ham Stephen Ham 8/10/2021 09:58
Best wishes to Wesley So!
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