World’s Best Wins Strongest Chess Tournament in U.S. History
Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen wins the inaugural Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis
By The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
Last modified: 2013-09-16T16:49:26Z
Published: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 – 9:46 am
SAINT LOUIS, Sept. 16, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) crowned Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, 22, of Norway, the champion of the inaugural Sinquefield Cup, the strongest chess tournament in U.S. history. Carlsen is the No. 1 chess player in the world and the first-place finish in the tournament netted him $70,000.
This prestigious event was Carlsen’s first-ever appearance at a tournament in the U.S., and his last before he challenges Viswanathan Anand of India in November for the World Championship title. He finished a full point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, 25, of Saint Louis, who is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world.
“The final margin of victory was a little flattering,” Carlsen said at a press conference following the event. “I think I will enjoy some rest over the next couple of weeks. Then I’ll have a pretty long training session, and go to India.”
Carlsen holds the record as the highest-rated player in chess history. He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2013 and has been the highest-rated player on the planet since he was 19.
Carlsen beat out three of top-ranked chess players in the world including Nakamura, World No. 2 Levon Aronian, 30, of Armenia, and U.S. No. 2 Gata Kamsky, 39, of Brooklyn. Nakamura earned $50,000 for second place, Aronian took home $30,000 and Kamsky netted $20,000 for his last-place finish.
CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich said this event marks an important milestone for U.S. chess.
“Bringing the world’s best to Saint Louis is yet another sign that the U.S. is becoming a major player in the world chess scene,” Rich said. “It also further establishes Saint Louis as the epicenter of chess in the United States.”