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World’s Best Chess Players Compete in the Sinquefield Cup, the final event of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour

The 2021 GCT winner will be determined after the conclusion of the Sinquefield Cup.

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World’s Best Chess Players Compete in the Sinquefield Cup, the final event of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour

The 2021 GCT winner will be determined after the conclusion of the Sinquefield Cup

SAINT LOUIS, Monday, August 16 – The sixth edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has returned to America’s Chess Capital at the Saint Louis Chess Club this month. The Sinquefield Cup will begin on August 17th, immediately following the conclusion of the 2021 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz.

The final event of the tour will also be the second classical chess tournament featuring 10, top-ranked international players competing for a total prize fund of $325,000.

“The Sinquefield Cup is one of the longest running international chess tournaments to be held in the United States,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director, Saint Louis Chess Club. “We are excited to be offering our fans the opportunity to watch via livestream their favorite players compete once again over the board as we return to more in-person events this year.” 

The Sinquefield Cup will be the last classical chess tournament played on the Grand Chess Tour this season and will conclude the 2021 tour. The final stop on this year’s tour will feature five full tour players and five wildcards played in round robin format for nine rounds.  

 If a playoff is required it will occur on Friday, August 27th at 3:00pm CT to determine the winner of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour and who will take home the additional $100,000 prize.  

2021 Sinquefield Cup Field

Title Name Player Type  URS Rating Residence
GM Wesley So Full Tour Player 2791 USA
GM Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player 2782 USA
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Full Tour Player 2781 France
GM Shakrihyar Mamedyarov Full Tour Player 2767 Azerbaijan
GM Richard Rapport Full Tour Player 2741 Hungary
GM Peter Svidler Wildcard 2736 Russia
GM Leinier Dominguez Wildcard 2749 USA 
GM Sam Shankland Wildcard 2709 USA 
GM  Jeffery Xiong  Wildcard 2690 USA 
GM  Dariusz Swiercz Wildcard 2656 USA

Ratings as of August 2021

Due to local COVID-19 restrictions live spectators will not be allowed this year but fans can watch the full broadcast online featuring the Grandmasters commentary team of Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley, and Alejandro Ramirez. Watch all the rounds daily at 2:50pm CT exclusively on grandchesstour.org, Twitch.tv, YouTube, and kasparovchess.com

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About the Grand Chess Tour 

The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world’s best players. 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.

The GCT is sponsored by the Superbet Foundation, Vivendi, Colliers International, Kasparovchess, Croatia Grand Chess Tour, and the Saint Louis Chess Club. All Grand Chess Tour 2021 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about the tour, please visit grandchesstour.org.

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