Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz


The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is new to the Grand Chess Tour in 2017. This $150,000 event will feature six of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour players and four wildcard picks, each of whom will try to prove they can push pawns with the very best. Held just after the Sinquefield Cup, the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz promises to be an exciting affair that fans can enjoy live - right here at


DATES August 13-19, 2017
LOCATION Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
FORMAT 10-Player Round Robin
PRIZE FUND $150,000

English - GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, and GM Maurice Ashley

Spanish - GM Alejandro Ramirez and WIM Ivette Garcia

German – GM Jan Gustafsson & GM Robert Rabiega

Learn about our live broadcast and audience commentators.

SPECTATORS $10/ round Buy tickets here! 

2017 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Opening Ceremony


  Fabiano Caruana • Sergey Karjakin • Hikaru Nakamura 

• Viswanathan Anand •  Ian Nepomniachtchi • Levon Aronian 

David Navara • Le Quang Liem •  Lenier Dominguez • Garry Kasparov 


Final Tournament Standings

Schedule of Events

Sunday, August 13 4-5:30 PM Autograph Signing
  6:00 PM Opening Ceremony**
Monday, August 14 1:00 PM Rapid | Rounds 1 - 3
Tuesday, August 15 1:00 PM Rapid | Rounds 4 - 6
Wednesday, August 16 1:00 PM Rapid | Rounds 7 - 9
Thursday, August 17 1:00 PM Blitz | Rounds 1 - 9
Friday, August 18 1:00 PM Blitz | Rounds 10 - 18
Saturday, August 19 11: 00 AM Playoff (if necessary)
  3:00 PM Ultimate Moves
  6:00 PM Closing Ceremony**
Sunday, August 20   Player Departure

* All times listed are (GMT-5). Dates and times subject to change.

** Private Event by invite only

Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Prize Fund

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

Grand Chess Tour: Art of Chess 

The Grand Chess Tour will be complemented this year by a traveling exhibition of chess-related art and artifacts from the Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield Collection and the permanent collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame. The exhibition will be located on the third floor of the World Chess Hall of Fame, directly across the street from the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, at 4652 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO.  

For more information on the exhibition and artififacts >


Grand Chess Tour Merchandise  

Grand Chess Tour official merchandise available through Q Boutique. Shop now > 

Autograph Day Guidelines: August 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet Autograph Session Attendees are welcome to bring their own items to be autographed, and signable merchandise will be available for purchase at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). Due to time constraints, each person will be allowed one autograph per player. In order to accommodate as many attendees as possible, photos will not be allowed. This is a first-come, first-served event. Tickets to reserve your space will be available at 10 AM on the morning of August 13 at the front desk of the CCSCSL. 


Live Spectator Accommodations

Spectators are welcome to watch the rounds live at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis with a $10/round ticket. Tickets will include the following: 

  • Access to theater style seating in the main lobby to view commentary of the event
  • Access to watch the players live on the second floor (no cell phones permitted)
  • Live commentary and group discussion with Grandmasters next door at Kingside Diner
  • Discount on food at Kingside Diner located next door and 10% discount at Culpeppers grill with wristband
  • Buy tickets here!  

Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Chess rate: $159/night

Parkway Hotel
4550 Forest Park Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 256-7777

Chess rate: $115 for a king room
$119 for a room with 2 queens.

Holiday Inn Express
4630 Lindell Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-4900

Chess rate: $109/night 

Hampton Inn & Suites
5650 Oakland Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 655-3994

Chess Rate: 10% off online through link.