2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is the newest stop of the Grand Chess Tour after having made its debut in 2017. This $150,000 event will feature all nine of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour players as well as GM Leinier Dominguez as the wildcard pick. Held just before the Sinquefield Cup, the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz promises to be an exciting affair that fans can enjoy live - right here at grandchesstour.org

DATES August 10 – 16, 2018
LOCATION Saint Louis Chess Club
FORMAT 10-Player Round Robin
PRIZE FUND $150,000
PHOTOS For event photos, visit our Flickr page
Spectators PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


2017 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Closing Ceremony

Alexander Grischuk • Fabiano Caruana • Hikaru Nakamura •  Levon Aronian • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov • Sergey Karjakin  • Viswanathan Anand • Wesley So • Leinier Dominguez (WC)

Schedule CST

Opening Ceremony & Press Conference to be held on August 10 by invite only. 

Rapid (11– 13 August)

Time 11 August 12 August 13 August
1:00 p.m. Round 1 Round 4 Round 7
2:30 p.m. Round 2 Round 5 Round 8
4:00 p.m. Round 3 Round 6 Round 9

Blitz (14 - 15 August)

Time 14 August Time 15 August
1:00 p.m. Round 1 1:00 p.m. Round 10
1:30 p.m. Round 2 1:30 p.m. Round 11
2:00 p.m. Round 3 2:00 p.m. Round 12
2:30 p.m. Round 4 2:30 p.m. Round 13
3:00 p.m. Round 5 3:00 p.m. Round 14
3:30 p.m. Round 6 3:30 p.m. Round 15
4:00 p.m. Round 7 4:00 p.m. Round 16
4:30 p.m. Round 8 4:30 p.m. Round 17
5:00 p.m. Round 9 5:00 p.m. Round 18
    5:30 p.m. Playoffs
    Directly following Closing Ceremony (private)

The Ultimate Moves Exhibition match will take place on August 16 at 1 p.m.

Live Spectator Accommodations

Spectators are welcome to watch the rounds live at the Saint Louis Chess Club 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 with light snacks and beverages
  • 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 with beverage station
  • 50% discount on food at Kingside Diner located next door 
  • Valet parking available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

The Chess Club has special hotel rates with the following establishments. Please make sure to ask for the "chess rate" when making reservations. Tickets to watch the tournament live are available here >  

Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Holiday Inn Express

Hampton Inn & Suites

Parkway Hotel

212 N. Kingshighway
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(877)-587-2427
4630 Lindell Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-4900
5650 Oakland Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 655-3994
4550 Forest Park Ave. 
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 256-7777
Chess rate: $159/night, $179/suite Chess rate: $114/night, parking $10/night,
breakfast included
Chess Rate: 10% off, call 314-655-3993

Chess Rate: $115/King, $119/Double,
ask for CHESS TARIFF RATE