Chess.com's Grand Chess Tour Coverage Rolls On With The Sinquefield Cup
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Chess.com's Grand Chess Tour Coverage Rolls On With The Sinquefield Cup

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Grand Chess Tour coverage continues on Chess.com as the highly-anticipated Sinquefield Cup kicks off Saturday, August 17 at 11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CEST) featuring some of the top players in the world including Magnus CarlsenMaxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura

This 11-round showcase of top-quality chess will feature live commentary by IM Danny Rensch, GM Robert Hess, former women's world champion GM Hou Yifan, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer and more commentators and guests.

Coverage begins on Saturday and will be broadcast live on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess

After taking a break from action during the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz leg, fan-favorite Nakamura will look to bounce back and climb the ranks from his unfamiliar ninth-place position in the standings.

The world champion Carlsen will again take center stage as he attempts to widen his lead over Vachier-Lagrave. Carlsen has 38 GCT points after a disappointing performance during St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, where he finished in an eyebrow-raising sixth place.

Carlsen is admittedly pleased to be moving on to classical chess again, saying he had "lost all confidence" during the previous event. Carlsen even mentioned that he "couldn't be bothered" with finishing the event in top form, writing off any chances of a comeback to catch eventual winner Levon Aronian

Magnus Carlsen Grand Chess Tour Sinquefield Cup
Magnus Carlsen will be looking to bounce back from a lackluster performance in the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz.

While Carlsen may be sitting atop the tour standings, there's a lot more to the story. Aronian sits a full 14 points behind Carlsen in the standings, yet he only trails the world champion by two points when adjusted for events played. The Grand Chess Tour's regulations stipulate that core players must participate in three of the five rapid and blitz legs throughout the tour. With only the top four players qualifying for the finals in London, the players will be looking to grab any advantage they can find to ensure they separate themselves from the pack.

The first round will begin with opposite-colored pairings from the Croatia leg and will feature a time control of 130 minutes with a 30-second delay from move one. The tournament is a single round-robin of 11 rounds with tiebreaks taking place on August 29 if required.

In addition to the English-language broadcast, Chess.com will be featuring a Portuguese broadcast on Twitch.tv/Chesscompt complete with camera feeds from the main playing hall, including each board for the official GCT broadcast. Commentary will be provided by GM Krikor Mekhitarian.

Grand Chess Tour Standings
Grand Chess Tour standings after Saint. Louis Rapid & Blitz.

Grand Chess Tour coverage is part of a broader Chess.com initiative to cover chess both online and in live venues. Chess.com is committed to expanding its popular coverage of live events and is increasing its live-streaming analysis of major over-the-board tournaments. All over-the-board coverage will air live on Chess.com's Twitch channels: the flagship Twitch.tv/Chess, and the alternate channel Twitch.tv/ChessComEvents.

Chess.com's coverage will feature a lineup of chess-master analysts, including IM Daniel Rensch, GM Robert Hess, GM Eric Hansen, GM Aman Hambleton, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer and more guest commentators. All streams will feature enhanced production values with new segments such as "Rensch's retry" and "engine deep dive," viewer interaction and live chess education, move-by-move.

Robert Hess Danny Rensch Grand Chess Tour
IM Danny Rensch and GM Robert Hess will be the main commentators for Sinquefield Cup 2019.

The expanded coverage kicked off Saturday, July 27 with analysis of the Paris Rapid and Blitz Grand Chess Tour super-tournament. Rensch was at the helm for the Paris commentary, with live coverage of games broadcast on Twitch.tv/Chess

Analysis of the Paris Rapid and Blitz featured games by 10 of the world's best fast-chess players: Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Daniil Dubov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Live analysis streams are planned for more major over-the-board chess events the rest of the year:

  • St. Louis Rapid and Blitz (July)
  • Sinquefield Cup (August)
  • FIDE Chess.com Isle of Man (October)
  • Fischer Random World Championship (October)
  • Tata Steel India Rapid and Blitz (November)
  • World Rapid and Blitz (December)
Sinquefield Cup 2019 coverage.
Sinquefield Cup 2019 coverage.
FIDE Chess.com Isle of Man coverage.
FIDE Chess.com Isle of Man coverage.

The enhanced analysis schedule is in addition to the regularly scheduled coverage of Chess.com's major events, including the Speed Chess Championship and its main bracket in September.

Speed Chess Championship coverage.
Speed Chess Championship coverage.

You can follow all of Chess.com's live coverage of major chess events on Twitch.tv/Chess and Twitch.tv/ChessComEvents.

For the full schedule of Chess.com's in-house events, see the ChessTV schedule. For a full list of over-the-board events, visit Chess.com/events

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