Champions Showdown Brings 8 Top GMs to Saint Louis, Including Magnus Carlsen

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov

Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk

Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez

Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren

This November, witness your favorite players battle it out against their hand-chosen opponents. Hikaru Nakamura chose Veselin Topalov. Fabiano Caruana chose Alexander Grischuk. Wesley So chose Leinier Dominguez. Last, but certainly not least, Magnus Carlsen chose Ding Liren. Each set will battle it out with rounds of rapid and blitz. Who will come out on top? Tune in starting November 9 at 1 P.M. with the commentary team of Maurice Ashley, Yasser Seirawan, and Jennifer Shahade to find out.

Each match features a prize fund of $100,000, with $60,000 to the winner and $40,000 going to the loser.

Day Date Time Champions Showdown
Thursday Nov. 9 1 – 6:30 PM G/30 Rounds 1 – 4
Friday Nov. 10 1 – 5:30 PM G/20 Rounds 1 – 6
6 – 7:30 PM WCHOF Global Moves: Americans in Chess Olympiads 
 Opening Reception
Saturday Nov. 11 1 – 5:30 PM G/10 Rounds 1 – 8
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/30 Rounds 1 – 4
Sunday Nov. 12 1 – 5:30 PM G/5 Rounds 1 – 12
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/20 Rounds 1 – 6
Monday Nov. 13 1 – 5:30 PM Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/10 Rounds 1 – 8
Tuesday Nov. 14 11 AM – 4:30 PM Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren G/5 Rounds 1-12


  1. Awesome sponsorship but $400,000 for 8 people while mega open tournaments with 1,000+ players compete for half that prize fund makes me concerned —also, do super gm’s ever tire of playing the same opponents? Also, You never see any young gm’s ranked around 100-150 get invites to vary the routine and make room for upsets and gaining experience opportunities.

      • I agree mark, its like its a lock down. There are more GM out there but either they aren’t interested or not getting the invite.Can someone give me more insight?

  2. Not a fan of how the players get to chose their opponents, it should always be randomized, like a real tournament.

  3. I don’t understand how they “chose” their opponents. Can someone explain? I mean what if Ding Liren didn’t want to play Magnus and wanted to play another GM instead?

  4. This is the weirdest “tournament” I’ve ever seen. The time to think gets shorter but the money goes higher. This is just another “gimmick” (1.
    a. An innovative idea or stratagem that is used to attract attention or business but has little or no intrinsic value: “Mr. Freed tried every gimmick to attract customers, once even installing a traffic light in front of the restaurant to force cars to stop” (Sam Roberts).
    b. A significant feature that is obscured, misrepresented, or not readily evident; a catch: This deal seems too good to be true. What’s the gimmick?)type event from the power in St. Louis.

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