2018 Champions Showdown

2018 Champions Showdown Recap – Day 4

With 8 blitz games left to play in final day of the Champions Showdown, chess fans got to witness countless entertaining and heart wrenching battles. Due to the nature of blitz and Chess960, a plethora of blunders and time scrambles were seen across all of the matches.

2018 Champions Showdown Recap – Day 3

Day 3 of the Champions Showdown showed clear leaders emerging from all of the matches, with some extending their leads quite far. Upon the selection of another random position, the players delved into their usual analysis.

2018 Champions Showdown Recap – Day 2

Day 2 of the Champions Showdown was filled with blunders and brilliancies as players battled it out from a fresh starting position. At 12 PM, players huddled around the laptop as Tony Rich revealed the initial setup that would be played for the next 4 games.

2018 Champions Showdown Recap – Day 1

The first day of the Champions Showdown kicked off with intrigue and excitement as ten of the world’s top players faced off in Chess 960. The day began at 12 PM as Chess Club Executive Director, Tony Rich used the random position generator from chessgames.com to determine the starting position for the day. 

Results

Day 4
Position 659: BRKBNRQN

Garry Kasparov

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2734
Residence: 
Russia/Croatia
Age: 
55
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Garry Kasparov is a Russian Grandmaster who is coming out of retirement for the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament. Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at age 22 by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov. As world champion, he was known for his aggressive attacking style. In 1996 and 1997, Kasparov played the IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue, in a series of highly publicized matches. From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov was ranked World No. 1 and is considered by many to be the greatest chess player in history.

Peter Svidler

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2758
Residence: 
Russia
Age: 
42
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Svidler is a 7 time Russian Chess Champion (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013.)  He also has represented the Russian Olympiad team 10 times helping his team win the gold medal in his first five appearances.  By winning the 2011 Chess World Cup, he qualified for Candidates stage of the 2013 World Championship cycle.  In that event, Peter soundly defeated the eventual World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. Svidler is also world-renowned chess commentator.  

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