The 2023 Winter Chess Classic Starts Today

Benjamin BokOn a rainy December morning, the chess community is buzzing with excitement as the Winter Chess Classic 2023 is about to kick off. With grandmasters from around the globe descending upon our city, this event promises to be a thrilling showcase of strategic brilliance and tactical mastery.

The tournament, hosted in the heart of the city at the prestigious Saint Louis University starting today, will witness 12 internationally-ranked players battling it out for the coveted Winter Chess Classic title. The participants include reigning champions, rising stars, and seasoned veterans, each ready to put their skills to the test in the unforgiving arena of the 64 squares.

“While this is the first Classic we’ve hosted at SLU, it won’t be our last”, said Varuzhan Akobian, Head Coach of the Saint Louis University Chess Team and participant in the 2023 Winter Chess Classic. “We’re happy to play host for such an exciting event.”

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Winter Chess Classic is the format. It is a team tournament featuring 6 players on each team, competing for more than $30,000 in prizes. This tournament promises a riveting chess marathon. From the classical rounds Saturday through Monday to the rapid and blitz rounds that follow, each game is a crucial step towards claiming victory. The tournament culminates in a day full of blitz and, should they be needed, playoffs and a farewell to the players. From the classical rounds that demand patience and deep calculation to the rapid and blitz rounds that test quick thinking and adaptability, the players will face a diverse set of challenges.

The 2023 Winter Chess Classic is not just a tournament; it's a celebration of intellect, strategy, and the global chess community. Tune in daily to to follow all the action. May the best mind prevail!