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2016 Champions Showdown: Caruana, Naka, Anand, Topalov!

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 06/11/2016

This November, in true holiday spirit, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host a showdown between four of the top rated players in the world. Over five days in the ultimate champions matchup, No. 3 rated Fabiano Caruana, No. 7 rated Hikaru Nakamura, and two former world champions, No. 8 Viswanathan Anand of India and No. 13 Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, will compete in three different styles of chess. Preview...

2016 Champions Showdown: Caruana, Naka, Anand, Topalov!

All eyes will be on the United States of America this November. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton is the main news around the world, but not just that. Magnus and Karjakin will duke it out in Manhattan, but there is another exciting showdown on cards! St. Louis has truly become the center of the chess world with well-organized tournaments, unmatched coverage, and great chess.

 

The World Chess Championship will begin on 11th November 2016 in New York City, but before that, from 10 November...

...World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana, World No. 8 Hikaru Nakamura, five-time world champion Vishy Anand and former FIDE champion Veselin Topalov will play a grand Champions Showdown at St. Louis Chess Club.

The showdown will be held across three formats in a tournament style. This guarantees that the competition will be breakneck and it will never be over until it is over.

 

Over five days, the Players shall complete two Classical Round Robins (G/60 +5” delay), two Rapid Round Robins (G/15 +5” delay) and four Blitz Round Robins (G/3 +2” delay).

Schedule:

Day

Date

Time

Showdown in Saint Louis

Wednesday

9-Nov

 

Arrival

Thursday

10-Nov

1:00 PM

RR1: Round 1

   

3:30 PM

RR1: Round 2

Friday

11-Nov

1:00 PM

RR1: Round 3

   

3:30 PM

RR2: Round 1

Saturday

12-Nov

1:00 PM

RR2: Round 2

   

3:30 PM

RR2: Round 3

Sunday

13-Nov

1:00 PM

Rapid (6 rounds)

Monday

14-Nov

1:00 PM

Blitz (12 rounds)

Tuesday

15-Nov

 

Departure

Prize Fund:

Place

Prize

1st

$60,000

2nd

$40,000

3rd

$30,000

4th

$20,000

Total Prize Fund: $150,000 USD

ChessBase authors GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Yasser Seirawan, and IM Tania Sachdev will be commentating on the games at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis!

 

ChessBase India will cover the tournament for its followers.


Anand beating people quickly by GM Ben Finegold

Watch this hilarious 25-minute training session for young kids at the St. Louis Chess Club where GM Finegold shows how Anand used to beat grandmasters quickly in his heydays.

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