SAINT LOUIS (September 6, 2019) – The second annual Champions Showdown Chess 9LX exhibition was held at the Saint Louis Chess Club from September 2-5. The exhibition featured four tremendous contests in Fischer Random chess spotlighting eight of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov and 2018 World Chess Championship contender Fabiano Caruana.
SAINT LOUIS, August XX, 2019 – The Saint Louis Chess Club will bring eight of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov and 2018 World Chess Championship contender Fabiano Caruana, to play in the Champions Showdown this September 2-5. The matches will be played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $200,000 prize purse. The competition will include six rapid games and fourteen blitz games over the four days of play.
Submitted by rbuffington on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 5:54pm
While none of the matches truly went down to the wire, the players did an excellent job of entertaining the audience with exciting games.
Submitted by rbuffington on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 6:17pm
Day three saw two matches become closer while the others saw the leaders continue their winning ways.
Submitted by rbuffington on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 5:31pm
Day two had a starting position that looked more normal, but that didn’t stop the players from finding creative ways to play.
Submitted by rbuffington on Mon, 09/02/2019 - 5:35pm
The first day of the 2019 Champions Showdown definitely didn’t lack for excitement.
Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess hero. He has been the leading Armenian chess player since the early 2000’s and has enjoyed great success on the international level. Aronian was the winner of the Chess World Cup in 2005. He has also led the Armenian national team to three gold medals in Chess Olympiads (Turin 2006, Dresden 2008, Istanbul 2012) as well as to gold at the World Team Chess Championship in 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010. He was also World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009 and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010. Recently, Aronian tied for first and became a co-champion of the 2018 Sinquefield Cup, and won the 2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz in clear first place.
Since the advent of published FIDE Blitz ratings, Nakamura has graced the top of the list, demonstrating inimitable acuity and speed. In 2015, the American GM won the Gibraltar Chess Masters tournament, captured his fourth U.S. Championship, first place at the Millionaire Chess Open, and propelled his classical FIDE rating to a career high of 2814. 2016 also proved to be a fruitful year for Naka as he repeated first place finishes at the Gibraltar Chess Festival and the Zurich Chess Challenge. In 2017, Hikaru won his third consecutive Gibraltar Chess Festival. and he won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. This year, Naka regained his title of U.S. Champion, defeating a field with four other 2700+ players. Hikaru has performed well at previous Champions’ Showdowns, taking out Peter Svidler in last year’s Chess 960 event and soundly defeating Jan Duda earlier this year.