This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 8, 2013 - If you happen to be in St. Louis in September, you have the opportunity to breathe the same rarified air as four of the world’s most brilliant minds. If you’re lucky, a little of their genius might rub off on you.
The world’s No. 1 and No. 2-ranked chess players, Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian, and the U.S.’s No. 1 and No. 2, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky will compete for the Sinquefield Cup at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The tournament, which runs from Sept. 9-15, features a total prize fund of $170,000.