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2800+ Elo Average for 2nd Sinquefield Cup

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 8/8/14, 1:22 AM.

The second edition of the Sinquefield Cup (August 27-September 7) will go down in history as the first-ever 6-player round-robin tournament with an average Elo rating over 2800. 

Six of the world’s top-nine will be playing in Saint Louis: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

With these six players, all currently active at the Tromsø Olympiad, the 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of chess. The average is a historical peak FIDE rating of 2802:

2014 Sinquefield Cup Participants

Rank Player Age Country Rating
1 Magnus Carlsen 23 Norway 2877
2 Levon Aronian 31 Armenia 2805
3 Fabiano Caruana 22 Italy 2801
5 Hikaru Nakamura 26 USA 2787
8 Veselin Topalov 39 Bulgaria 2772
9 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 23 France 2768

Last year, the inaugural super-tournament was the strongest chess competition ever held on U.S. soil, but only four players participated: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky. The first three will be back in Saint Louis for the second edition, which will be a six-player double round robin. It is Carlsen who will be defending his title.

“Last year we intended to go with six players also,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. “But we had a hard time with the scheduling; I think the fall is just a really busy time for professional players especially.”

For the second edition, the organizers started by sending out invites to Carlsen and Nakamura.

Mr. Rich: “We wanted to make sure that the reigning world champion would play, and obviously we also wanted the top American. Beyond that, we thought what really rounds the event out, and not just in strength but also in playing style? We wanted folks to come in and really show something.”

The tournament's prize fund has been increased; whereas last year Carlsen took home $70,000, this year the first prize is $100,000, part of a $315,000 total prize fund.

This year, there will be a bonus event titled “Ultimate Moves” to be held through Tuesday, September 9. Ultimate Moves will feature eight teams made up of a GM (the six participants and two more) and an amateur player, where teammates alternate moves. Other special events for spectators are planned.

The 2014 Sinquefield Cup will feature live play-by-play and analysis from three different teams of grandmaster commentators. Online viewers worldwide will enjoy the daily live commentary stream hosted by the legendary team of GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley paired with WGM Jennifer Shahade.

The tournament will be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Live spectators will have two additional options of GM-led commentary, both at the World Chess Hall of Fame and Lester’s Restaurant on the Central West End chess campus. The commentary team will include GMs Ian Rogers, Ben Finegold, Ronen Har-Zvi, Robert Hess, and “one special surprise that we hope makes it to the event,” said Mr. Rich. 

Chess.com will have coverage of the event on Chess.com/TV. Likely the official on site team of Ashley, Seirawan and Shahade will be broadcasting to our channel as well as the official website.

A free autograph session with the players will also be held before the tournament on Tuesday, August 26 at noon.

As a special complement to the Sinquefield Cup, the World Chess Hall of Fame is presenting a brand-new exhibit titled A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer, featuring a rare collection of items that celebrate one of the best chess players ever.

Tickets to the 2014 Sinquefield Cup start at $15 per round, but discounted ticket packages are available at $65 for five rounds or $100 for all ten rounds of the event. 

Last year the tournament attracted about 600 spectators a day, and even more are expected to show up this year. 

Mr. Rich said that asking an entry fee is mostly a way of crowd control:

“We were concerned that if there was free access, we would just be overwhelmed. In exchange, we provide catered food and beverages for all the spectators, the commentary and access to the playing hall.”

For more information on the event, including the full schedule, ticket information and lodging details, visit www.USChessChamps.com.

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  • 8 weeks ago

    jim1729

    Karjakin was invited but declined.

  • 8 weeks ago

    Nelsox

    @Adrian_Kinnersley..When you are preparing for an important exam do you go to attend quiz competitions and debates to gain knowledge or study peacefully in your study room? Homework is very important..

  • 8 weeks ago

    ShivaDP

    What a lovely chess club!!

  • 2 months ago

    Passerby676

    Hopefully Magnus Carlsen will be in better form in the Sinquefield cup than the chess olympiad.

  • 2 months ago

    Zeyrion

    If only I could be in America for this. On the bright side, I imagine there will be lots of video coverage.

  • 2 months ago

    adarkhorse

    @insel. Behavior like Adrians is partially provoked by team Carlsen ofc. Some of their statements in and by the press about Anand were downright insulting. Patzers are quick to pick up. Kasparov used the same tricks when he had to battle Karpov. Anand is a better man because he never used such off the board tactics. He just plays.

  • 2 months ago

    inselschaker

    @Adrian_Kinnersley: True, Anand declined some tournament invitations, and rarely plays at the Olympiad (Carlsen also skipped several team events but probably feels obliged to play in his home country). But Anand will play Bilbao one week after St. Louis - where Carlsen was also invited, while St. Louis apparently didn't invite Anand.

    So even if you feel the need to praise/hype Carlsen, there's no reason or need to talk badly about Anand!?

  • 2 months ago

    adarkhorse

    Rather naive of Adrian to think that Carlsen does no or less preparation than Anand. The opposite is probably true. Either way preparation and over the board play are both important parts of chess. It wouldn't be as interesting without them. Anand is an old man and him playing -and working- less is completely understandable btw.

  • 2 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Oh, this looks amazing!

    And it's really to his credit that Magnus keeps playing tournaments while Anand keeps hiding. We saw today that Magnus can win against the very topmost opponents (Caruana!) using virtually any opening (the frigging Scandinavian!), so he is clearly not afraid of giving away home preparation.

    Whereas Anand still seems to be clinging to some miraculous home preparation as his last hope to win the WCC 2014. I root against this approach very strongly -- chess should be played at the board, not in a room with a bunch of computers and "seconds" feeding you moves!

  • 2 months ago

    DillsGambitLive

    Should be great!

  • 2 months ago

    elo123

    Surprise is probably Kasparov if he comes.

  • 2 months ago

    niceforkinmove

    I'm gonna be there!

  • 2 months ago

    roamingwind

    An incredibly strong tournament.  It will be very exciting to watch the actions of Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana (who lately has been hounding Carlsen, but just lost a game to Carlsen today at the Olympiad), and Nakamura (wonder if he still considers himself as Carlsen's greatest threat).

    Certaintly it is debatable whether this will be the strongest tournament in the US, I'd vote for the Second Piatigorsky Cup in 1966 in which 3 world champions were present (Spassky, Fischer, Petrosian), but this is not bad at all :)

     

  • 2 months ago

    bigbikefan

    @adarkhorse: Speaking of New York. Wouldn't a tournament of such caliber be more suitable to be held there? Too bad, the "Capital of the World" hasn't been "spotted" around chess lately...

  • 2 months ago

    FM chesskingdreamer

    Also don't forget the Piatagortsky (Piatigorsky?) cup. (Yes, I know I'm spelling this grossly.)

  • 2 months ago

    Andre_Harding

    "One special guest..."

    Gazza?

  • 2 months ago

    AlphaCentauri

    Once again, Russian Grandmasters are pawns in Russia's government's game.

  • 2 months ago

    adarkhorse

    Nice line up but calling it strongest on US soil is debatable if you care to remember NewYork 1927 and 1924.

    Mvl has a very busy schedule btw. Let's see how that works out.

  • 2 months ago

    inselschaker

    @idreesarif: Karjakin was invited but declined - and some rumors say that, going strictly by current Elo, they first wanted but didn't get Grischuk.

    The event is soon after the Olympiad and shortly before Bilbao - which has a relatively weak field this year, maybe because top players don't want to play both events (Aronian does, Carlsen and Caruana were also invited to Bilbao and declined) and Sinquefield offered more money. Bilbao also hosts the European Club Cup where Karjakin and Grischuk will probably play.

  • 2 months ago

    idreesarif

    No Russians ...... why ????

    Only Guys missing from Top 10, Anand and the three Russians ( Grischuk, Karjakin and Kramnik )

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