$400,000 “CHAMPIONS SHOWDOWN” AWARDED TO 8 CHESS GRANDMASTERS IN ST LOUIS!
St.. Louis, Missouri — That’s the way to do it … $60,000 apiece awarded to FOUR individual rapid and blitz 4 day match winners … boom, bam, wham … ka ching-ka ching … NAKAMURA/CARUANA/WORLD CHAMPION CARLSEN and the surprising … DOMINQUEZ PEREZ OF CUBA. Sensation of the event was Carlsen, victorious with a remarkable 56 – 18 versus China’s world championship candidate player Ding Liren … who, like So, Grischuk, Topalov took home a $40,000 consolation check. The entire forced time control, no time added ever event flashed by in one week flat … This is the only future chess has … That’s the way to do it! ######
— Jude Acers