Sinquefield Cup Contenders: Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is perhaps the most recognizable chess figure on the earth today. With a FIDE rating of 2862, he is the current No. 1 in the world.

Sinquefield Cup Contenders: Hikaru Nakamura

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, ranked seventh on the planet with a FIDE rating of 2774, is the United States’ No. 1-ranked player and a three-time U.S. Champion.

Sinquefield Cup Contenders: Levon Aronian

Grandmaster Levon Aronian is just the sixth player in history to cross the elite 2800 threshold, currently ranking No. 2 in the world with a FIDE rating of 2802.

Sinquefield Cup Contenders: Gata Kamsky

Gata Kamsky, the reigning U.S. Champion, is a Soviet-born, American grandmaster, currently ranked No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 17 in the world with a FIDE rating of 2741.

Sinquefield Cup offers unparalleled spectator experience

The 2013 Sinquefield Cup will offer live spectators three different commentary options, access to the playing hall and a chance to meet and get autographs from the players.

Naroditsky Crowned King of 2013 U.S. Junior Closed

On Sunday, IM Daniel Naroditsky went clutch to win his final game of the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship proving, once again, that slow and steady wins the race.

Naroditsky, Harmon-Vellotti Tied Heading into Final Round

IM Daniel Naroditsky and FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti are tied for first with one round to go, but FM Sam Sevian lurks just a half point behind the leaders.

Unbeaten Naroditsky Leads U.S. Junior Closed

Naroditsky entered as the tournament’s highest-rated player and has played like it. As the last player standing without a loss, his approach to the tournament has been systematic.

Harmon-Vellotti Leads Again at U.S. Junior Closed

FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti is back in clear first with 4.5/6, after the other co-leaders heading into round 6, IM Daniel Naroditsky and Robert Perez, failed to win.

Logjam Atop Leaderboard at U.S. Junior Closed

Today marks the players’ rest day, and seven of the ten players still sit within a point of each other, now with three tied atop the standings at 3.5/5 points.