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Sinquefield Cup 2016 (Games and Results)

Sinquefield Cup 2016

The Sinquefield Cup takes place in Saint Louis 5th to 16th August 2016 and is part of the Grand Chess Tour. Players: Peter Svidler, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand and Ding Liren.

Wesley So wins the Sinquefield Cup (9)

Wesley So won the Sinquefield Cup after drawing his final game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and posting a score of 5.5/9. So had to wait for the result of Veselin Topalov against Levon Aronian to know he'd won. If that game had been decisive there would have been a playoff for the title on Monday. As it was Topalov failed to convert a winning advantage in the endgame and So could celebrate. So also leads the Grand Chess Tour going into the final event in London.

So chose the solid Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence against MVL and didn't have much trouble holding the draw. MVL had hoped the endgame he chose was tricky but So was unphased.

Veselin Topalov had a great position against Levon Aronian in a sharp 4.d3 Berlin Defence. Topalov could have gone for a more attacking game but instead they traded to an endgame where white was close to winning at move 40. I don't know why Topalov turned down 48.f4 which seemed straightforward but it was finally 57.Rd4+ that lost the winning advantage although Aronian couldn't see an answer to 64.Kc5 after which black only just holds the draw with 64...Ra7.

Hikaru Nakamura scored the most drastic win of the day crushing Ding Liren. Nakamura seemed to catch out Ding Liren with his choice of Semi-Slav variation and Ding didn't seem to have the energy to resist at the end of a tiring event for him. 17...Nh5 was a bad idea and Nakamura confidently rattled out a refutation ending with 22.Nd5! after which the game was effectively over.

Fabiano Caruana had drawn all his games in the Sinquefield Cup before defeating a struggling Anish Giri in the final round. Giri felt comfortable out of the opening but it was the precise timing of his break 15...f6 that caused all the problems. Caruana found a far from obvious continuation where he gave up two rooks for the queen. The resulting position was hugely favourable for white, a fantastic piece of judgement from Caruana and he went on to win in 46 moves.

Peter Svidler and Viswanathan Anand contested another 4.d3 Berlin Defence. Anand's kingside counterplay was just in time to secure the draw.

Final Round 9 Standings: Wesley So 5.5pts/9, Anand, Aronian, Caruana, Topalov 5pts, MLV Nakamura 4.5pts, Ding Liren 4pts, Svidler 3.5pts, Giri 3pts.

4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (9)

Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So during their final round game. Photo ©

Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So during their final round game. Photo © | http://grandchesstour.org/2016-sinquefield-cup/2016-sinquefield-cup

4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (Saint Louis USA)
Thu 4th Aug 2016 - Tue 16th Aug 2016 - Official Site - Live

4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games

4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games

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4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 Saint Louis USA (USA), 4-16 viii 2016 cat. XXII (2779)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. So, Wesley g USA 2771 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 2859
2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2770 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2822
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 5 2820
4. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2807 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2818
5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 5 2823
6. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2819 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2774
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2791 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 2777
8. Ding, Liren g CHN 2755 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 4 2738
9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2751 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 2701
10. Giri, Anish g NED 2769 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 3 2654
Round 1 (August 5, 2016)
So, Wesley - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 38 E06 Catalan
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 45 C15 French Winawer
Topalov, Veselin - Svidler, Peter 1-0 28 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Ding, Liren - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 31 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 47 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Round 2 (August 6, 2016)
Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter 1-0 54 D10 Slav Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 41 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 46 B10 Caro Kann
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish 1-0 60 D44 Anti-Meran Gambit
Ding, Liren - So, Wesley ½-½ 35 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Round 3 (August 7, 2016)
So, Wesley - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 29 C53 Giuoco Piano
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 54 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Svidler, Peter - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 44 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Giri, Anish - Ding, Liren ½-½ 38 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Round 4 (August 8, 2016)
So, Wesley - Giri, Anish ½-½ 44 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 30 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 35 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 42 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Ding, Liren - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 36 A14 Reti Opening
Round 5 (August 9, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - So, Wesley ½-½ 30 C50 Giuoco Piano
Caruana, Fabiano - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 47 B54 Sicilian Rauzer
Topalov, Veselin - Ding, Liren 1-0 66 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Svidler, Peter - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 41 E63 King's Indian 6...Nc6
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 30 A29 English Four Knights
Round 6 (August 11, 2016)
So, Wesley - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 41 A20 English Opening
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 49 A37 English Symmetrical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 59 A61 Benoni
Ding, Liren - Svidler, Peter 1-0 59 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Giri, Anish - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 41 A14 Reti Opening
Round 7 (August 12, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 34 C53 Giuoco Piano
Caruana, Fabiano - Ding, Liren ½-½ 95 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Topalov, Veselin - Giri, Anish ½-½ 45 A20 English Opening
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 35 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Svidler, Peter - So, Wesley ½-½ 31 A20 English Opening
Round 8 (August 13, 2016)
So, Wesley - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 34 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 43 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 87 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Ding, Liren - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 26 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Giri, Anish - Svidler, Peter 0-1 84 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Round 9 (August 14, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish 1-0 46 C81 Ruy Lopez Open Keres Variation
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 81 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - So, Wesley ½-½ 47 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Ding, Liren 1-0 28 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Svidler, Peter - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 30 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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