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Sinquefield Cup 2017, Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2017

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz competition 2017 took place in Saint Louis (USA) 14th-19th August. Prize fund - $150 000. Rapid - August 14th-16th. Blitz - August 17th-18th 2017. Rapid (25 minutes + 10 seconds per move; two points for a win, one point for a draw) and Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds per move; 1, 1/2, 0).
Garry Kasparov, the 13th World Chess Champion. Photo by Boris Schipkov, 2005
Garry Kasparov, the 13th World Chess Champion. Photo © Boris Schipkov (Novosibirsk 2005)
Total score, Rapid+Blitz: 1. Levon Aronian - 24.5 out of 36 scores, 2-3. Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura - 21.5, 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 20, 5-7. Lenier Dominguez Perez, Fabiano Caruana, Le Quang Liem - 16.5, 8. Garry Kasparov - 16, 9. Viswanathan Anand - 14, 10. David Navara - 13.

Blitz, Day 2. Final standings Blitz: 1. Sergey Karjakin - 13.5 out of 18, 2. Levon Aronian - 12.5, 3. Hikaru Nakamura - 10.5, 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 10, 5. Garry Kasparov - 9, 6. Le Quang Liem - 8.5, 7. Lenier Dominguez Perez - 7.5, 8. Viswanathan Anand - 7, 9. David Navara - 6, 10. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5.

Blitz, Day 1. 1. Karjakin 8 out of 9, 2. Aronian 6.5, 3. Nakamura 5.5, 4. Nepomniachtchi 5, 5. Le Quang Liem 4, 6-8. Kasparov, Anand, Caruana 3.5, 9. Dominguez 3, 10. Navara 2.5.
Games Saint Louis Blitz 2017 (90, pgn)

Final standings Rapid: 1. Levon Aronian - 12 out of 18, 2-3. Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana - 11, 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 10, 5. Lenier Dominguez Perez - 9, 6-7. Le Quang Liem, Sergey Karjakin - 8, 8-10. Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, David Navara - 7.
Rapid, Day 3. Aronian beat Karjakin and Dominguez, drew against Nakamura. Kasparov lost to Navara and Caruana, beat Le Quang Liem.
Rapid Games, Day 3, Saint Louis Rapid 2017

Rapid, Day 2. Kasparov drew with Aronian and Anand, lost to Nepomniachtchi. Nepomniachtchi drew with Anand and Le Quang Liem, beat Kasparov. Nakamura drew with Caruana and Karjakin, beat Navara.
After Day 2: 1. Nepomniachtchi 8 out of 12, 2-5. Aronian, Caruana, Le Quang Liem, Nakamura 7, 6. Dominguez 6, 7-9. Kasparov, Anand, Karjakin 5, 10. Navara 3.
Rapid Games, Day 2, Saint Louis Rapid 2017

Rapid, Day 1. Kasparov drew with Karjakin, Nakamura and Dominguez. Aronian beat Navara and Anand, lost to Nepomniachtchi. Nepomniachtchi drew with Dominguez and Navara, beat Aronian. Caruana lost to Le Quang Liem, beat Navara and Karjakin. Le Quang Liem beat Caruana and Nakamura, lost to Karjakin.
After Day 1: 1-4. Aronian, Caruana, Le Quang Liem, Nepomniachtchi 4 out of 6, 5-8. Kasparov, Dominguez, Karjakin, Nakamura 3, 9-10. Anand, Navara 1.
Rapid Games, Day 1, Saint Louis Rapid 2017

Garry Kasparov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Lenier Dominguez Perez, Le Quang Liem, David Navara.
Games Saint Louis Rapid 2017 (45, pgn)

The Sinquefield Cup 2017 Grand Chess Tour chess tournament took place in Saint Louis (USA) 1st-12th August. Rest day - 7th August. 10-player Round Robin. The prize money for the tournament is $300 000.
1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 6 out of 9 scores, 2-3. Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand - 5.5, 4-5. Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin - 5, 6. Peter Svidler - 4.5, 7. Fabiano Caruana - 4, 8. Hikaru Nakamura - 3.5, 9-10. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wesley So - 3.

Round 9, 11.08.2017
Vachier-Lagrave - Nepomniachtchi 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Maxime had a small but lasting advantage.
So-Anand 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. 18...Na6= was better.
Nakamura-Karjakin 1/2. The English Opening. Hikaru had slightly better chances.
Svidler-Caruana 1-0. The English Opening. Unclear.
Carlsen-Aronian 1-0. The Spanish Game. Magnus grabbed a knight.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 9: Games

Round 8, 10.08.2017
Nepomniachtchi-Carlsen 1/2. The English Opening, almost King's Indian Defence.
Aronian-Svidler 1/2. The English Opening. Levon preferred 9.Be2, he played 9.Ba3 vs Nepomniachtchi in Round 1. The move 12.Qa4 was better.
Caruana-Nakamura 1/2. The King's Indian Defence. Hikaru had nice compensation for the pawn. Perpetual check.
Karjakin-So 1-0. The Italian Game. Wesley had good counterplay, but 17...d5! was interesting.
Anand - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The English Opening.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 8: Games

Round 7, 9.08.2017
Anand-Nepomniachtchi 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. With equality in the opening. Vishy outplayed the rival in the endgame.
Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. Unclear, looked drawish.
So-Caruana 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Accepted. Wesley had slightly better chances in the endgame.
Nakamura-Aronian 0-1. The English Opening. A complicated struggle. Levon won a pawn and the game.
Svidler-Carlsen 1/2. The Scotch Game (not Rum). A theoretical duel. Magnus had an extra pawn in the drawish rook endgame.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 7: Games

Round 6, 8.08.2017
Nepomniachtchi-Svidler 1/2. The Spanish Game. Ian had a slight edge.
Carlsen-Nakamura 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Magnus had a small advantage in the middlegame.
Aronian-So 1-0. The Ragozin Defence. After rival's mistakes Levon attacked the black king with 29.Rf6 and won.
Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. After the dubious 11...g5? Fabiano obtained an advantage.
Karjakin-Anand 1/2. The Queen's Pawn Game. With equality.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 6: Games

Round 5, 6.08.2017
Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi 1/2. The Pirc-Ufimtsev Defence. A sharp fight. Ian counterattacked in the centre with 9...e5, grabbed a pawn in the endgame, but it was not enough, a draw.
Anand-Caruana 1-0. The English Opening. Vishy beautifully sacrificed a bishop, then a queen and won. Great!
Vachier-Lagrave - Aronian 1/2. The Italian Game. Maxime had a small advantage. A draw by repetition.
So-Carlsen 0-1. The Scotch Game (not Vodka). Wesley had a slight advantage in the opening, but 19.b3 was better. Magnus grabbed two pawns and won.
Nakamura-Svidler 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 5: Games

Round 4, 5.08.2017
Nepomniachtchi-Nakamura 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Ian obtained a small edge due to the black isolated pawn on d5. 20...b6? and 21...g6? were mistakes, 20...g6 was better. Ian won the exchange and the game.
Svidler-So 1/2. The Italian Game. A draw by repetition.
Carlsen - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1. The English Opening. Magnus had a small advantage in the endgame after 11.h4. 12.f3 was better. Magnus could have won with 46.Rd2. 48.Rf3 was a mistake, so Maxime obtained a big advantage after 51...Be4 and won.
Aronian-Anand 1/2. The English Opening. Unclear. A draw by repetition.
Caruana-Karjakin 1/2. The Spanish Game. Fabiano seized space on the queenside with b4 and a4.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 4: Games

Round 3, 4.08.2017
Caruana-Nepomniachtchi 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Fabiano tried to attack on the king's wing. Ian sacrificed the exchange, had good knights in the centre in compensation.
Karjakin-Aronian 1/2. The Italian Game. A quick draw.
Anand-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. With more or less equal play. Magnus grabbed a pawn in the rook endgame.
Vachier-Lagrave - Svidler 1/2. The Spanish Game. Maxime obtained two bishops, but Peter had sufficient counterplay. Then Maxime got a clear edge after the weak 21...h6? and could have won with 25.Bg6.
So-Nakamura 1/2. The Italian Game. With equality. Wesley had an extra pawn in a drawish ending.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 3: Games

Round 2, 3.08.2017
Nepomniachtchi-So 0-1. The English Opening. With counterplay. Wesley grabbed two pawns in the endgame.
Nakamura - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Maxime equalized, if 12.Qxa8? then 12...Nb6, winning.
Svidler-Anand 1/2. The English Opening. With counterplay.
Carlsen-Karjakin 1-0. The Reti Opening. Unclear, 13...a5 was interesting. Magnus attacked on the kingside with 30.f4! and 35.f5!, ruining Black's position.
Aronian-Caruana 0-1. The Queen's Gambit Accepted. 33.Ke2? was a mistake. Fabiano had an extra bishop in the ending.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 2: Games

Round 1, 2nd August 2017
Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. With equality after 12...fxe6. Then 17...Nd7 was more precise. Perpetual check.
Vachier-Lagrave - So 1-0. The Italian Game. Maxime had two bishops, attacked in the centre with the strong 33.f4! and won after 40...Kd8?.
Aronian-Nepomniachtchi 1-0. The English Opening. Levon played the aggressive 7.h4 to attack on the kingside, but then chose the modest 9.Ba3. Ian sacrificed a pawn with 11...O-O, but 11...Rc8 or 11...Nd8 was better.
Anand-Nakamura 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation 4.d3.
Karjakin-Svidler 1-0. The Italian Game. 16...Nh5 or 16...Nf4 was better.
Sinquefield Cup 2017. Round 1: Games

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler.

Games SC 2017 (45, pgn)

The Sinquefield Cup 2017 and Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2017 are two of the five tournaments of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour (other tournaments: Paris, Leuven and London).

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Paris Grand Chess Tour 2017

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