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Campfire Stories #4

Next weekend marks the beginning of the 2015 Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis! As you might recall, last year’s event was dominated by Fabiano Caruana in his 7-game winning streak that crushed his opponents, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen. This year’s event brings some changes to the playing field that should add some interesting dynamics to the competition.

Magnus Carlsen returns to challenge opponents in Saint Louis
  • Magnus Carlsen (ELO 2863)
  • Fabiano Caruana (ELO 2802)
  • Hikaru Nakamura (ELO 2798)
  • Veselin Topalov (ELO 2798)
  • Alexander Grischuk (ELO 2794)
  • Viswanathan Anand (ELO 2791)
  • Anish Giri (ELO 2790)
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (ELO 2762)
  • Levon Aronian (ELO 2770)
  • Wesley So (ELO 2778)

It is very exciting that for the first time in history, the United States will have 3 players from the FIDE Top 10 represented! If you are in the Saint Louis area from August 22 to September 4, I highly encourage you to stop by the World Chess Hall of Fame and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to catch some of the greatest chess players of our time battling it out in what has become a highly prestigious American tournament. In the meantime, take a moment to enjoy the games from the 2014 Sinquefield Cup and relive the exciting battles before the players arrive in Saint Louis!

In addition to the festivities of the Sinquefield Cup, the American premier of Pawn Sacrifice will take place at the Chase Park Plaza in Saint Louis on September 3rd with a private VIP party featuring the players immediately following the film’s premier. For details, check out the official event page.