2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz – 2019 Sinquefield Cup: Closing & Opening Ceremonies

2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz – 2019 Sinquefield Cup: Closing & Opening Ceremonies

The 2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz closing ceremony will be held in conjunction with the opening ceremony for the 2019 Sinquefield Cup. These events are two out of the eight total for the 2019 Grand Chess Tour.




Levon Aronian of course triumphed in the rapid and blitz, though in a short but very entertaining speech he admitted it hadn’t been entirely smooth!




can say at some point it felt like this running where you have to put on a dinosaur suit, so everybody was falling. It was a lot of excitement, and I can say I was lucky in a way to win the tournament, because there was such a chase, but as my father loves to put it, whenever I was little they would say, “oh, your son just got lucky!” My father would say, “of course he’s lucky, he’s smarter than your children!” Not meaning to disrespect anybody… but I want to say it’s a good warm-up for the main event and I’m very excited once again to try and compete against the best in the world.

Some shots fired!

Maurice Ashley asked the Sinquefield Cup players who hadn’t been involved in that tournament (Giri, Nakamura, So, Nepomniachtchi and Anand) how they felt about it, eliciting some amusing responses:

Anish Giri:

I’ve seen the games of the event, and looking at how poor everybody played I think I would have played even poorer, so I think for me it’s good I skipped that one, for sure.

Ian Nepomniachtchi:

In Abidjan I played against Wesley and I blundered mate-in-1 at some point and he didn’t see it, and probably now I know that I’m not the only person who blunders mate-in-1, even among the best. Really that’s a relief for me – I’m not ashamed anymore!

Wesley So:

I was kind of glad not playing the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz because Magnus was there, but then now I don’t know. I feel somebody took Magnus’s identity – his twin brother played for him!


Let’s switch straight to the response from the World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Apparently I didn’t play the rapid and blitz, but if I were to speak for my evil twin brother, and he were to play the Sinquefield Cup, he would probably not be so pleased with his results, but he would look forward to the future, and he’s been pretty good in the past at leaving the past behind and focusing on the future, so I think he would do the same this time.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov specialised in seeing the positives:

Ok, I lost every day minimum 6-7 games, maybe it’s not good, but also it’s something new for me! I got first time last place, but it’s very good, I’m very happy to play. I hope I will come back and maybe next time I will not lose 5-6 games but maybe 3.


Mamedyarov enjoyed his new experience of finishing in last place! | photo: Crystal Fuller, Grand Chess Tour

Chesswise I was very pleased with my performance, but since we have been abroad for so long and will stay here for another two weeks I’ve started to worry about the rice I brought here. I’m worried about is it enough?

Metaphorically speaking, all the players will be wondering whether their supplies of rice will last the gruelling 11 rounds of the Sinquefield Cup, but even when it ends that won’t be the end of chess action in St. Louis. Once again none other than chess legend Garry Kasparov has been lured to the chessboard by the prospect of playing Fischer Random Chess in the 2019 Champions Showdown: Chess960. This year, rather than facing fellow veteran Veselin Topalov, as he did in 2018, he’s going to be playing 20 rapid and blitz games against world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana!

We can expect some more glorious facial expressions! | photo: Lennart Ootes, official website



A GCT sorozat következő versenyét St. Louisban augusztus 17. és 29. között rendezik meg. A 7. Sinquefield Cup 12 résztvevős mezőnyében Magnus Carlsen vezetésével a világranglista első kilenc helyezettje is játszik. Sinquefield Cup (Classical), August 15 – 30, 2019, Saint Louis, Missouri US

Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, So, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Anand, Karjakin, Nakamura


The Sinquefield Cup sees Magnus Carlsen and 11 more of the world’s best players compete in the Saint Louis Chess Club from 17-28 August 2019. The event is the fifth leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour. In addition to tour points the prize fund is $325,000, with $90,000 for 1st place.youtu.be/

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1 Aug 17, 2019 18:00
Round 2 Aug 18, 2019 18:00
Round 3 Aug 19, 2019 18:00
Round 4 Aug 20, 2019 18:00
Round 5 Aug 21, 2019 18:00
Round 6 Aug 23, 2019 18:00
Round 7 Aug 24, 2019 18:00
Round 8 Aug 25, 2019 18:00
Round 9 Aug 26, 2019 18:00
Round 10 Aug 27, 2019 18:00
Round 11 Aug 28, 2019 18:00

Aronian Wins The 2019 St. Louis Grand Chess Tour