2020 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX

The top international chess superstars are set to battle online from September 11-13 in Championships Showdown: Chess 9LX hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club.  Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX will feature the world’s top grandmasters including legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov, the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and World Number 2 Fabiano Caruana. The matches will be played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $150,000 prize fund. 

Games will start daily at 1:00pm CDT (GMT-5) from September 11-13 with expert commentary featuring GM’s Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Viewers can watch live on uschesschamps.com or on STLChessClub’s YouTube and Twitch.tv channels.

At A Glance
Dates September 11 - 13, 2020
Format Round Robin Chess 960
Time control G/20+10
Prize Fund $150,000

 

 

Prize Fund

PLACE PRIZE PLACE PRIZE
1st $37,500 6th $10,000
2nd $25,000 7th $7,500
3rd $20,000 8th $7,500
4th $15,000 9th $7,500
5th $12,500 10th $7,500
Total Prize Fund: $150,000

 

Schedule

DATE TIME* EVENT
Sept. 11 1:00 PM Draw for Position
1:03 PM 9LX Round 1
2:30 PM Draw for Position
2:33 PM 9LX Round 2
4:00 PM Draw for Position
4:03 PM 9LX Round 3
Sept. 12  1:00 PM Draw for Position
1:03 PM 9LX Round 4
2:30 PM Draw for Position
2:33 PM 9LX Round 5
4:00 PM Draw for Position
4:03 PM 9LX Round 6
Sept. 13  1:00 PM Draw for Position
1:03 PM 9LX Round 7
2:30 PM Draw for Position
2:33 PM 9LX Round 8
4:00 PM Draw for Position
4:03 PM 9LX Round 9

*All times are Central Time*

Chess 9LX is another term for Chess 960 or Fischer Random. Chess 9LX is a variant of chess created by Bobby Fischer in the late 1990s in which the pieces on the home rank are randomized, with 960 representing the number of possible starting positions. Players will not know the order of the home rank pieces until they arrive before the start of the round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.