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3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (Games and Results)

3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015

The 3rd Sinquefield Cup takes place in Saint Louis Sunday 23rd (Round 1) to 1st September 2015. There is potentially a playoff on 2nd September and "Ultimate moves" exhibition on the 3rd. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian and Wesley So. The event is the second of three in the 2015 Grand Chess Tour. The final one being in London in December. Play starts at 1pm local time, 7pm UK time, 8pm CET.

Levon Aronian wins the 3rd Sinquefield Cup (9)

Levon Aronian made light work of the task of drawing with black against Veselin Topalov. Topalov spent some time in the morning preparing a sharp line but this was a line Aronian had prepared in detail and had reviewed before the event. He played quickly and forced Topalov into giving perpetual check. This victory brings to end a dry spell lasting since January 2014 when Aronian won the Tata Steel tournament.

Hikaru Nakamura won the last game to finish beating Alexander Grischuk in the final game of the day to finish. The game saw fluctuating fortunes after a fairly dull opening. Grischuk stood better at a couple of points but it was mostly Nakamura pressing and he emerged with a win in the end and joint second in the event.

The remaining games were drawn.

Final standings: Aronian 6pts, Giri, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura 5pts, Topalov, Grischuk 4.5pts, Anand, Caruana 3.5pts and So 1.5pts

The Grand Chess Tour with 13 points for the winner, 10 p0ints for second and 8 for third sees all to play for in the final event at the London Chess Classic December 3rd to 13th.

Tour standings: 1 Topalov 17 3 Nakamura 16 9 Aronian 15 7 Carlsen 14 4 Giri 13 2 Anand 12 6 Vachier-Lagrave 12 5 Caruana 9 8 Grischuk 8 10 Hammer 1 11 So 1.

The result also strengthens Anish Giri's chances of qualifying for the Candidates on rating. All the players apart from Carlsen and Grischuk move on to the FIDE World Cup in Baku 10th September to 4th October where two more Candidates places are available.

3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (9)

Aronian easily scored the draw he needed to win the event. Photo ©

Aronian easily scored the draw he needed to win the event. Photo © | http://grandchesstour.com

3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (Saint Louis USA)
Fri 21st Aug 2015 - Thu 3rd Sep 2015 - Official Site - Live

3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games

3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games

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3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 Saint Louis USA (USA), 21 viii-3 ix 2015 cat. XXII (2795)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2765 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 2922
2. Giri, Anish g NED 2793 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5 2837
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2853 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 5 2831
4. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2731 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2844
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2814 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 1 ½ 1 5 2835
6. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2816 ½ ½ 1 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 2792
7. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2771 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 0 2797
8. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2816 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 2712
9. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2808 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 2713
10. So, Wesley g USA 2779 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * 3 2671
Round 1 (August 23, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 39 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 34 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 40 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 43 E06 Catalan
So, Wesley - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 35 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Round 2 (August 24, 2015)
Giri, Anish - So, Wesley ½-½ 30 A30 English Symmetrical
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 32 D38 QGD Ragozin
Topalov, Veselin - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 73 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Grischuk, Alexander - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 35 A45 Trompowsky
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 40 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Round 3 (August 25, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Giri, Anish ½-½ 42 A29 English Four Knights
Carlsen, Magnus - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 43 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 76 D81 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 31 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
So, Wesley - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 41 A35 English Symmetrical
Round 4 (August 26, 2015)
Giri, Anish - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 31 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 51 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Grischuk, Alexander - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 31 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 42 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
So, Wesley - Aronian, Levon 0-1 28 E20 Nimzo Indian
Round 5 (August 27, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 30 A30 English Symmetrical
Carlsen, Magnus - So, Wesley 1-0 56 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish ½-½ 39 B48 Sicilian Paulsen
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 53 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 42 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Round 6 (August 28, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 32 A29 English Four Knights
Giri, Anish - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 32 D11 Slav Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 37 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Grischuk, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 40 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
So, Wesley - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 39 E99 King's Indian Classical
Round 7 (August 29, 2015)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 66 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon 0-1 51 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Topalov, Veselin - Giri, Anish ½-½ 33 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Anand, Viswanathan - So, Wesley ½-½ 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 30 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 8 (August 30, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 31 A29 English Four Knights
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 69 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 95 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 30 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
So, Wesley - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 50 E46 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Round 9 (August 31, 2015)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Giri, Anish ½-½ 44 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 77 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 31 D39 QGD Ragozin
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 36 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - So, Wesley ½-½ 50 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto

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