2017 Champions Showdown

World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Americans Dominate at Champions Showdown in Saint Louis

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Americans Dominate

 at Champions
Showdown in Saint Louis

2017 Champions Showdown - Day 6

The sixth and final day of the Champions Showdown was a formality for the players, since Magnus Carlsen's crushing performance on days four and five already sealed the deal in his favor. Despite speculation that the World Champion would push hard for a 3000 blitz rating, arbiter Tony Rich informed us early on that none of day six's games count towards ratings.

2017 Champions Showdown - Day 5

With the other matches decided and finished, it was a two-man show at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis as Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen entered their day three.

2017 Champions Showdown - Day 4

It was the final day for three of the matches, while Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen battled it out in the g/20 day. Two of the finishing bouts went basically down to the wire, while Nakamura against Topalov was a very one-sided affair.

2017 Champions Showdown - Day 3

The third day of the Champions Showdown brought much more action to the fray. The three matches already in progress played eight games of g/10, an incredibly fast time control that saw both great brilliancies and fantastic blunders. On top of these already exciting matches, two more players joined the event: Magnus Carlsen faced off in his g/30 rounds against Ding Liren.

2017 Champions Showdown - Day 2

Day two of the Champions Showdown was as dramatic as the first! The players fought hard in the first day and it was impossible to claim that any of them were clearly overpowering their opponent. 

2017 Champions Showdown - Day 1

The Champions Showdown started today, November 9, 2017 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. An amazing four-match event was put together and the top players answered the call; they came ready to show their determination and grit to outplay their opponents.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen Headlines Champions Showdown in Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS, October 23, 2017 - The Saint Louis Chess Club will host a series of four matches, the Champions Showdown, November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m.

Ding Liren


​The highest rated Chinese player ever and only the second player from China (after Wang Yue) to break into the world’s top 10. At the age of 16, he became the youngest person ever to win the title of Chinese Champion. Ding has since won this title twice more in both 2011 and 2012. In the 2015 Tata Steel Tournament, Ding finished in a tie for second place just half a point behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Ding was part of the gold medal-winning Chinese national team at the 2014 Chess Olympiad and earned Ding an individual bronze medal. Most recently, Ding received second at the World Cup and will be playing in the Candidates Tournament in 2018.


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