Poster  27 August – 7 September 2014, St. Louis, Missouri
Poster  27 August – 7 September 2014, St. Louis, Missouri
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Poster 27 August – 7 September 2014, St. Louis, Missouri

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Author: St Louis Chess Club

Year: 2014

Publisher: St Louis Chess Club

Place: St Louis

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One sheet folio (17" x 10 3/4") pictorial poster signed by all the contestants.

The second edition was held from August 27 to September 7, at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. It is by rating the strongest tournament in the history of chess, as measured by actual average Elo rating of 2802 for the six participants, all in the top ten of FIDE's Elo rating list. The six grandmasters again played the time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment for every move, followed by an additional 30 minutes plus the per-move-increment for the rest of the game, in a double round-robin tournament. According to the FIDE rating, the players were Numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9 in the world. The total prize fund was increased to $315,000, with $100,000 going to the winner. After round 7, Caruana had achieved a score of 7/7, which was described as a "historical achievement" by Levon Aronian. Caruana drew his remaining games to finish with 8½/10 and a performance rating of 3103, the highest ever performance rating in a single tournament, besting Carlsen's performance in the 2009 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament and Anatoly Karpov in the 1994 Linares chess tournament. It was compared to Bobby Fischer's 20-game winning streak in 1970–1971. Vachier-Lagrave finished fourth, ahead of Aronian on tie-break (direct encounter).

Condition: Corners lightly bumped, Signed by all the contestant on the front of the poster else near fine.