2017 Champions Showdown

Each year a group of the best players around the world gather in St. Louis to battle in rapid and blitz games for large cash prizes and bragging rights. This year we see 8 competitors face off in a head to head challenge for 30 chess matches spanning 4 days. Each of the 8 competitors will only play one single opponent over the 30 games. The winner of each heads up battle will earn 60K while the loser earns 40K.

On day 1 each player will play 4 games with 30 minutes for each game. On day 2 they will play 6 games with 20 minute time control. On day 3 we will see 8 games with 10 minute time control and on day 4 we will see 12 games at 5 minute time control. It’s a lot of rapid and blitz chess with the best players in the world.

The match ups include:

  • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov
  • Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk
  • Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez
  • Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren

We will be covering as many games as possible. If you’d like to visit the official homepage of the event you can check out https://www.uschesschamps.com/2017-champions-showdown/2017-champions-showdown.