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Sinquefield Cup 2015, Saint Louis

The Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament was held in Saint Louis (USA) 22nd August - 3rd September. Rest day 28th August.
1. Levon Aronian - 6 out of 9 scores, 2-5. Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri - 5, 6-7. Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov - 4.5, 8-9. Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand - 3.5, 10. Wesley So - 3.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 9: Games
Round 9: Anand-Carlsen 1/2, the Spanish Berlin endgame again, a draw. Topalov-Aronian 1/2, Levon grabbed a pawn, a draw by perpetual check, Levon Aronian wins the Sinquefield Cup 2015. Nakamura-Grischuk 1-0, Hikaru had a slight advantage and won in the ending.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 8: Games
Round 8: Aronian-Anand 1/2, the English. Carlsen-Nakamura 1/2, the Queen's Gambit, after 17.exd4 Magnus had a small edge in the endgame and good chances to win, a draw.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 7: Games
Round 7: Carlsen-Grischuk 0-1, the Sicilian, with counterplay, after 33...Bc5 Alexander had a small advantage, then grabbed a pawn. Nakamura-Aronian 0-1, Levon outplayed the rival in the better endgame. Caruana-Vachier 1/2, a draw.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 6: Games
Round 6: Aronian-Carlsen 1/2, the English Opening, Levon planned to win with Qxf7+, but Magnus saw all, defended with 15...Qd7, a draw. Grischuk-Caruana 1-0, Fabiano attacked on the kingside and in the centre like in the Dutch, sacrificed a knight with 15...Nxc5!, but made mistakes 17...b5? 22...Bd5? (17...fxe3 was better) and lost. So-Nakamura 0-1, also a sharp fight, Wesley seized the c-file with 3 heavy pieces, Hikaru counterattacked on the kingside, beautifully sacrificed pawns, pieces and checkmated the white king. Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Topalov in the Berlin endgame.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 5: Games
Round 5: Carlsen-So 1-0, Magnus sacrificed a pawn, had compensation: the pressure in the centre and on the kingside. Nakamura-Giri 1/2, Hikaru had a slight advantage due to the better pawn structure, but made a mistake, so Anish simply got an extra pawn, a draw. Aronian-Grischuk 1/2, with counterplay, a draw. Caruana beat Topalov.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 4: Games
Round 4: Vachier-Lagrave played the King's Indian Saemisch or Modern Benoni with f3 vs Nakamura. It is interesting! But usually White prefers 12.Bg5. Hikaru produced a good novelty, 15...Qe8, a draw. Aronian attacked So on the kingside and won, Levon said after the game that Peter Leko was the author of the novelty 8...Ba5. Giri-Carlsen 1/2, the Sicilian, I played 13...Rb8 in 1985, a draw.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 3: Games
Round 3: Carlsen-Vachier 1-0, Maxime played the queen in the opening that was not good, 12.Be3 was a novelty, Wang Hao played vs Aronian 12.Nb3, and Magnus obtained a small advantage. Nakamura-Caruana 1/2, Hikaru grabbed a pawn in the Gruenfeld Defence, a draw. Anand-Topalov 1/2. Aronian-Giri 1/2. So had slightly better chances vs Grischuk and gradually won.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 2: Games
Round 2: A theoretical duel in Caruana-Carlsen, the Spanish Game, with counterplay, 13.Ba2 is a novelty, after mistakes in time trouble Magnus won. Grischuk- Anand 1-0, Alexander had a small edge. Topalov-Nakamura 1-0. Vachier-Aronian 1/2, a draw.
Sinquefield Cup 2015 Super GM chess tournament, Saint Louis 2015. Round 1: Games
Round 1: Carlsen-Topalov 0-1, the Sicilian Defence, 7...g5 is a novelty, unclear, Magnus sacrificed a knight, made a mistake 17.e5 and lost. Nakamura-Anand 1-0, Vishy played the risky 21...g5. So-Vachier 0-1, Maxime had a good game, won the exchange. Aronian attacked with a rook sacrifice and beat Caruana. Giri beat Grischuk.
Games SC 2015 (45, pgn)
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Wesley So.

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