Sinquefield Cup 2016, Saint LouisThe Sinquefield Cup 2016 Super GM chess tournament took place in Saint Louis (USA) 4th-16th August. Rest day - 10th August.
1. Wesley So - 5.5 out of 9 scores, 2-5. Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov - 5, 6-7. Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 4.5, 8. Ding Liren - 4, 9. Peter Svidler - 3.5, 10. Anish Giri - 3.
Round 9: Nakamura-Ding 1-0, Hikaru sacrificed a pawn in the Semi-Slav Defence, with compensation, attacked with 18.d5 in the centre. Vachier-Lagrave - So 1/2, the Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. Caruana-Giri 1-0, the Spanish Game, a queen vs two rooks, Fabiano grabbed pawns and won. Svidler-Anand 1/2. Topalov-Aronian 1/2.
Round 8: Aronian-Nakamura 1-0, the Queen's Gambit Declined, Levon grabbed a pawn and gradually won the endgame. Giri-Svidler 0-1, the Gruenfeld Defence, Peter grabbed a pawn and outplayed the rival in the ending. Ding - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2, with equality. So-Caruana 1/2, the Spanish Game, with equality, a quick draw. Anand-Topalov 1/2, the Spanish Game, the Berlin Variation.
Round 7: Vachier-Lagrave - Nakamura 1/2, the Spanish Game, with equality, a draw. Svidler-So 1/2, the English Opening, with equality. Caruana-Ding 1/2, Fabiano had a slight advantage in the Spanish Game. Anand-Aronian 1/2. Topalov-Giri 1/2.
Round 6: Nakamura-Caruana 1/2, the Modern Benoni Defence, a sharp fight. Ding-Svidler 1-0, the Modern Benoni Defence, Liren had a slight advantage due to a strong knight in the centre. Giri- Anand 1/2, a draw. So-Topalov 1-0, the English Opening, with counterplay, 32...Qxc5 was better. Aronian - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1, the English Opening, with counterchances, 13.Qxd3 was better.
Round 5: Giri-Aronian 1/2, the English Opening, Anish attacked in the centre with f4 and e4. Anand-So 1/2, the Italian Game, Anand grabbed a pawn. Svidler-Nakamura 1/2, the King's Indian Defence, with counterplay. Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2, the Sicilian Defence, unclear. Topalov-Ding 1-0, the Spanish Game.
Round 4: Nakamura-Topalov 1/2, Hikaru grabbed the black queen in the Queen's Gambit 11.Rxd8 and so obtained a clear advantage, a draw, 12.g3 was better. Vachier-Lagrave - Svidler 1/2, the Spanish Game, with equality. So-Giri 1/2, the Bogo-Indian Defence, with excellent counterplay. Aronian-Caruana 1/2, a quick draw. Ding-Anand 1/2.
Round 3: So-Aronian 1/2, the Italian Game, a wild struggle after 8...Nxe4 and 9...Nxf2, a draw by perpetual check. Anand-Nakamura 1/2, Vishy had a slight advantage after 14...Nb4, 14...Nxc3 was possible, a draw. Topalov - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2, the Sicilian Defence like in the game Giri - Vachier-Lagrave R1, but here Maxime obtained an advantage, grabbed a pawn, however 27...d5! was even stronger, a draw. Svidler-Caruana 1/2, the Queen's Gambit, 19...Bg4 and 23.Nxe5 were better, Peter grabbed a pawn in the ending, a draw. Giri-Ding 1/2, a draw, Liren could have won with 35...Ke4!.
Round 2: Vachier-Lagrave - Anand 0-1, the Caro-Kann Defence, a sharp fight, Maxime had an advantage, but Vishy defended well and after Maxime's error 30.Nxe6? won a piece and the game. Nakamura-Giri 1-0, with counterplay in the Queen's Gambit, however in the middlegame Hikaru obtained a huge edge, but made a mistake, 39.Qf3?, so Anish had chances to draw with 41...Ng4. Ding-So 1/2, the Queen's Gambit, Liren had a slight edge, a draw. Aronian outplayed Svidler in the endgame. Caruana-Topalov 1/2, a draw after mistakes.
Round 1: So-Nakamura 1-0, Wesley grabbed the exchange in the Catalan Opening, obtained a small advantage and gradually won the endgame. Anand-Caruana 1/2, with equality in the French Defence, then Fabiano had a slight edge, a draw by perpetual check. Giri - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2, with counterplay in the Sicilian Defence, but in the middlegame Anish had an advantage after 28.c3, grabbed a pawn, 34.Qb5 was better, a draw by perpetual check (threefold repetition). Topalov-Svidler 1-0, 25...Rb4? was a mistake, 25...Nxa5= was better 26.Rc5 Rb1+ 27.Ne1 Nc4. Ding-Aronian 1/2.
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov