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Carlsen & Dominguez Accept Wildcard Invitations For Grand Chess Tour Tournaments In Saint Louis

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Carlsen & Dominguez Accept Wildcard Invitations For Grand Chess Tour Tournaments In Saint Louis

June 25, 2018 РCarlsen & Dominguez Accept Wildcard Invitations for Grand Chess Tour Tournaments in Saint Louis.  The Grand Chess Tour is pleased to announce that reigning World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen from Norway and GM Leinier Dominguez from Cuba have both accepted wildcard invitations to participate in the 2018 Grand Chess Tour at our forthcoming tournaments in Saint Louis, USA in August 2018.

GM Magnus Carlsen will participate in the 2018 Sinquefield Cup while GM Leinier Dominguez, currently rated number 2 in the world on the June 2018 FIDE Rapid rating list, will participate in the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament.

During their respective tournaments, they will be joined by the nine full tour participants who are:

  1. GM Fabiano Caruana, (USA)
  2. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
  3. GM Wesley So (USA)
  4. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
  5. GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
  6. GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
  7. GM Viswanathan Anand (IND)
  8. GM Levon Aronian (ARM)
  9. GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS)

The 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz will take place from August 11 until August 15 and offers a prize fund of $150,000. The 2018 Sinquefield Cup will then take place from August 17 until August 28 with the players competing for a prize pool of $300,000. Both tournaments will be held at the Saint Louis Chess Club while the traditional Ultimate Moves tournament will take place between the two events on August 16. The Sinquefield Cup will be the last scheduled encounter between the current World Champion and contender Fabiano Caruana before their highly anticipated World Championship match in November.

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The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world’s best players. The Tour was created in partnership between the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (Sinquefield Cup) and Chess Promotions, Ltd. (London Chess Classic). The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers.

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