Showdown in Saint Louis

The "Showdown in Saint Louis", hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, is a pair of exhibition matches held from November 12-15. U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura faces U.S. #2 Fabiano Caruana and former Women's World Champion Hou Yifan will play Parimarjan Negi. The exhibition features two rounds of Basque chess (two simultaneous games), four rounds of rapid, eight rounds of blitz and also a day of Chess960 (also known as Fischer Random). For Basque chess, players receive 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for the entire game; for rapid chess, 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move; and for blitz 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. The total prize fund is USD $150,000. Official site: www.uschesschamps.com

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