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2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 ()

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014

Fabiano Caruana's final win in his seven game winning start was against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo ©

Fabiano Caruana's final win in his seven game winning start was against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © | http://uschesschamps.com/live

The 2nd Sinquefield Cup took place 27th August to 7th September 2014. Fabiano Caruana scored the result of his career so far winning with 8.5/10 winning his first 7 games. Magnus Carlsen finished second. There was a final chess960 match won by Hikaru Nakamura 3.5-2.5 against Levon Aronian. The PGN file may work with your software but if it doesn't recognise the format then castling breaks the games. All my stories, games and results in this section

Sinquefield Cup ends on a quiet note after all the excitement (10)

Fabiano Caruana finished the Sinquefield Cup with 8.5/10 after a quiet draw with Levon Aronian in the final round. With his seven wins in a row and missed chances in rounds 8 and 9 he could only spoil things with a final loss and he duely ended his tournament with a draw offer on move 30, the earliest he could according to the rules of the competition. It's very tiring to maintain such a run and Caruana showed fatigue towards the end and seemed to be glad to finish the event undefeated. Kasparov pointed out that after his start in Wijk aan Zee he crashed to a loss in round 8 where he couldn't remember anything.

Only hindsight will say if Caruana's tremendous victory by 3 points over World Champion Magnus Carlsen will have historical significance but his seven wins in a row in such a strong event will surely be the benchmark against which future runs will be measured. Caruana tried to keep a lid on future expectations but if he "keeps his level" then his realistic future targets are to win the World Championship and become world number one.

Magnus Carlsen has a big decision on the 7th September (later today as I write) as to whether he will travel to Sochi to defend his world title against Viswanathan Anand. It's clear that the international situation over Russia and the Ukraine has an impact on his decision, that the announcement of the venue was made by Vladimir Putin politicises playing there. Also it seems, not for the first time, concerns over the contract, the level on money (although being world champion is worth a lot on its own) and the feeling that the short bidding deadlines grossly undervalued the match. Nevertheless just surrendering the title is a very serious decision. It seems to me that the Carlsen camp have decided not to play and only a last minute change of heart will take him to Sochi in November.

Carlsen said he wasn't in the best shape to play today and he chose the solid Berlin aa black against Veselin Topalov. When Topalov didn't find the best an early repetition which could hardly be avoided by either player (both fighters under normal circumstances) could hardly be avoided.

Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew the final game to finish.

Final Standings: Caruana 8.5, Carlsen 5.5, Topalov 5, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave 4, Nakamura 3.

The event isn't over with Ultimate Moves on Monday. This is 8 two-man teams event with GM and one amateur playing alternate moves (no consulatation) g15+2spm, double-round knockout bracket, and an Ultimate chess960 match on Tuesday between Aronian and Nakamura.

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (10)

Winner Fabiano Caruana at the final press conference. Photo ©

Winner Fabiano Caruana at the final press conference. Photo © | http://uschesschamps.com/live

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (Saint Louis USA)
Wed 27th Aug 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 - Official Site - Live

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Sinquefield Ultimate Move (8 players 4 Rds KO Indiv TC:15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Exhibition

Sinquefield Chess 960 m (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games 960

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 Saint Louis USA (USA), 27 viii-7 ix 2014 cat. XXIII (2802)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2801 * * 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 3097
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2877 0 ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 2822
3. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2772 0 0 ½ ½ * * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5 2807
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * * 0 ½ ½ ½ 4 2729
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2768 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * * ½ ½ 4 2736
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * * 3 2655
Round 1 (August 27, 2014)
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 34 A35 English Symmetrical
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 40 D19 Slav Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 38 C45 Scotch Game
Round 2 (August 28, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 30 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 29 D15 Slav Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 32 C60 Ruy Lopez
Round 3 (August 29, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 34 C24 Bishop's Opening
Topalov, Veselin - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 37 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Aronian, Levon 1-0 36 A07 Barcza System
Round 4 (August 30, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 1-0 50 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 63 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Round 5 (August 31, 2014)
Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 70 A47 Queen's Indian without c2-c4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 67 D11 Slav Defence
Round 6 (September 2, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 31 B46 Sicilian Paulsen
Carlsen, Magnus - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 51 B35 Sicilian Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 45 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 7 (September 3, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 52 D10 Slav Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 40 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 39 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Round 8 (September 4, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 42 B36 Sicilian Maroczy Bind
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 30 C41 Philidor's Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 57 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 9 (September 5, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 55 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 84 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 41 A07 Barcza System
Round 10 (September 6, 2014)
Topalov, Veselin - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 19 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 30 A35 English Symmetrical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 47 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

Sinquefield Ultimate Move (8 players 4 Rds KO Indiv TC: 15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Exhibition

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Sinquefield Chess 960 m (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC: 15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games 960

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