2022 Sinquefield Cup Begins Friday

If you still haven’t gotten your end-of-summer fix of super-grandmaster chess with the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz this past weekend, the Saint Louis Chess Club brings you the 2022 Sinquefield Cup!

The opening ceremony for this annual, invite-online elite tournament begins Thursday, Sept. 1, with first round contests beginning at 1 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 2. Rounds will continue as late as Sept. 12, if playoffs are required.

The format for the event is a round robin with 10 of the world’s strongest players competing for $350,000 in prizes. All games will be played at 90 minutes for 40 moves, and 30 minutes for the rest of the game; plus 30 seconds increment from move 1.

2022 Sinquefield Cup Competitors
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all photos courtesy SLCC

This year’s field, ordered by classical rating, includes:

Rank Name FED URS Rating
1 GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2864
2 GM Ian Nepomniachtchi FID 2792
3 GM Alireza Firouzja FRA 2778
4 GM Fabiano Caruana USA 2776
5 GM Levon Aronian USA 2775
6 GM Wesley So USA 2773
7 GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2758
8 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2757
9 GM Leiner Dominguez Perez USA 2754
10 GM Hans Moke Niemann USA 2687


Not only will this event showcase exciting high-level chess with high-level payouts, the 2022 Sinquefield Cup is the last stop on the Grand Chess Tour, meaning this the final chance for competitors to earn points toward the Grand Chess Tour championship.

Play begins at 1 p.m. CT each day, with full coverage on the Grand Chess Tour website, and live streaming analysis on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube and Twitch channels.

Quick Links:

2022 Sinquefield Cup event page
Grand Chess Tour website
SLCC YouTube channel
SLCC Twitch channel


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