2019 Summer Chess Classic

The 2019 Summer Chess Classic is the second of four tournaments each year featuring international chess professionals. The Summer Chess Classic is comprised of three 6-player Double Round Robin tournaments. Over the course of 11 days, these competitors will battle for $75,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

The Quarterly Strong Tournaments here at the Saint Louis Chess Club were created so strong international masters and newly minted grandmasters could participate in strong round robin tournaments in which to test their mettle against players of similar levels and to learn from these experiences. These tournaments are very rare. Generally, organizers are more interested in hosting elite events with big names such as Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So or Magnus Carlsen. Opportunities in the U.S. are rare for grandmasters at the 2600 level.

At A Glance
Dates June 18-28, 2019
Location Saint Louis Chess Club 
Format Three 6-Player Double Round Robins
Prize Fund $75,000
Commentary Rounds 1-9 broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m.
Round 10 broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m.

 

Day Time* Groups A & B

Tuesday 
18-June

12:00 PM

Player Meeting

1:00 PM

Round 1

Wednesday
19-June

1:00 PM

Round 2

Thursday
20-June

1:00 PM

Round 3

Friday
21-June

1:00 PM

Round 4

Saturday
22-June

1:00 PM

Round 5

Sunday
23-June

1:00 PM

Rest Day

Monday
24-June

1:00 PM

Round 6

Tuesday
25-June

1:00 PM

Round 7

Wednesday

26-June

1:00 PM Round 8

Thursday

27-June

1:00 PM Round 9

Friday
28-June

11:00 AM

Round 10

5:00 PM Playoff**

6:30 PM

Closing Diner

* All times listed are CDT (GMT-6).

** There shall be a playoff for any tie involving 1st place. All other tied places will divide prize money evenly. Playoff games will start no earlier than 30 minutes after the final game of Round 10.


The 2019 Summer Chess Classic features a combined prize fund of $75,000!

Place Group A Group B Group C
1st $12,000 $6,000 $4,000
2nd $9,000 $5,000 $3,000
3rd $7,000 $4,000 $2,500
4th $5,000 $3,000 $2,000
5th $4,000 $2,000 $1,500
6th $3,000 $1,000 $1,000
Total Prize Fund $40,000 $21,000 $14,000
Grand Total $75,000