Grandmaster Levon Aronian Named Sinquefield Cup Champion


ST. AronianLOUIS, Missouri — After nine intense days of competition against the very best chess players in the world, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) crowned Grandmaster Levon Aronian as the champion of the third annual Sinquefield Cup and the winner of the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour on September 2.

“It feels amazing since this leg of the Grand Chess Tour is one of the strongest events in the history of chess,” said Aronian. “Winning a tournament by one point is a great accomplishment.”

Aronian successfully bested nine of the top-ranked chess players in the world to take home the title and the $75,000 grand prize. Bouncing back after a disappointing showing at Norway Chess 2015, Aronian won three games and drew six games at the Sinquefield Cup. Playing before more than one million viewers online, Aronian forced a draw against Veselin Topalov in the final round and went undefeated in the tournament.

“The competition in the newly-formed Grand Chess Tour is proof that the very best players in the world can thrill and excite,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the CCSCSL. “The Sinquefield Cup is another shining example of what professional chess can be.”

All nine rounds of the 2015 Sinquefield Cup featured live play-by-play updates and analysis from different teams of grandmaster commentators including GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley, as well as WGM Jennifer Shahade on www.grandchesstour.com. The tournament also featured on-site commentary at the CCSCSL, World Chess Hall of Fame and Kingside Diner from Grandmasters Ben Finegold, Robert Hess, and Ian Rodgers. GM Alejandro Ramirez also provided tweets for the event and conducted sideline interviews for the live streaming.

On Thursday, September 3, all of the Sinquefield Cup players will join Garry Kasparov and other special guests in a series of rapid and blitz exhibition games called Ultimate Moves. The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. CT at the CCSCSL with online commentary at www.grandchesstour.com.