2018 Sinquefield Cup

The 2018 Sinquefield Cup is an elite international event, featuring 10 of the strongest chess players in the world. Over the course of nine rounds, these competitors will battle for $300,000 in prize money, points toward the Grand Chess Tour, and the coveted title of 2018 Sinquefield Cup Champion.




DATES August 17 - 28, 2018
LOCATION Saint Louis Chess Club
FORMAT 10-Player Round Robin
PRIZE FUND $300,000
Photos For event photos, visit our Flickr page

2017 Sinquefield Cup Champion, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield 

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

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 16 1:00 PM Ultimate Moves
Friday, August 17 4-5:30 PM Autograph Signing
  6:00 PM Opening Ceremony**
Saturday, August 18 1:00 PM Round 1
Sunday, August 19 1:00 PM Round 2
Monday, August 20 1:00 PM Round 3
Tuesday, August 21 1:00 PM Round 4
Wednesday, August 22 1:00 PM Round 5
Thursday, August 23   Rest Day
Friday, August 24 1:00 PM Round 6
Saturday, August 25 1:00 PM Round 7
Sunday, August 26 1:00 PM Round 8
Monday, August 27 1:00 PM Round 9 
Tuesday, August 28 1:00 PM Playoff (if necessary)
  6:00 PM Closing Ceremony**

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

**Private Event by invite only

Sinquefield Cup Prize Fund

1st $75,000 6th $20,000
2nd $50,000 7th $15,000
3rd $40,000 8th $15,000
4th $30,000 9th $15,000
5th $25,000 10th $15,000
Total Prize Fund $300,000


Autograph Day Guidelines: August 17, 4-5:30 P.M.

Meet & Greet Autograph Session Attendees are welcome to bring their own items to be autographed, and singable merchandise will be available for purchase at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Due to time constraints, each person will be allowed one autograph per player. In order to accommodate as many attendees as possible, photos with players will not be allowed. This is a first-come, first-served event. 

At this year's autograph day, we will also have a special autograph session with the authors of The Sinquefield Cup Celebrating Five Years 2013 - 2017. In this commemorative book, authors Maurice Ashley, Tatev Abrahamyan, Alejandro Ramirez, Yasser Seirawan, and Jennifer Shahade each examine a year of America's strongest international tournament, along with photographs, games, and more. Anyone who purchases this book, on sale for $50, on autograph day will receive their normal membership discount (if applicable) and a ticket to one round of the Sinquefield Cup.

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
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,