2018 Saint Louis Norm Congress

The Saint Louis Chess Club is proud to host the 2018 Saint Louis Norm Congress. The invitational brings together players from around the world to compete for cash prizes and the chance to earn Grandmaster and International Master titles. Held February 8-13 at our Central West End campus, follow the games live here!

Format & Regulations

  • Two 10 player round-robins
  • Game in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment
  • Players are required to be at the board at the start of each round
  • Players are required to keep notation throughout each game
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed in the tournament hall

At a Glance

At A Glance
Dates February 8-13, 2018
Location Saint Louis Chess Club 
Format Two 10-Player Round Robins
Prize Fund $15,000


Day Date Time Event
Thursday 8-Feb 4:30 pm Players Meeting
5:00 pm Round 1
Friday 9-Feb 11:00 am Round 2
Friday 9-Feb 5:00 pm Round 3
Saturday 10-Feb 11:00 am Round 4
Saturday 10-Feb 5:00 pm Round 5
Sunday  11-Feb 11:00 am Round 6
Sunday 11-Feb 5:00 pm Round 7
Monday 12-Feb 11:00 am Round 8
Tuesday 13-Feb 11:00 am Round 9


GM Section IM Section
Place Prize Place Prize
1st $2,000 1st $1,200
2nd $1,500 2nd $1,000
3rd $1,000 3rd $700
4th $800 4th $600
5th $700 5th $500
6th $600 6th $400
7th $600 7th $400
8th $600 8th $400
9th $600 9th $400
10th $600 10th $400
Total $9,000 Total $6,000
Total Prize Fund $15,000


For the first time this year, we will be having an abbreviated commentary with GM Josh Friedel and YouTube video producer Ben Simon. Commentary will happen between the first and second rounds of the day from approximately 2–3:30 p.m. With this shortened commentary, the show will focus on the most exciting games, positions, and players of the tournament.