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4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (7)

All draws in Round 7 of the Sinquefield Cup

Wesley So retains his lead of the Sinquefield Cup after a round of draws in Round 7. So has 4.5 points half a point clear of Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.

In the most interesting game of the day Fabiano Caruana tested Ding Liren for 95 moves and nearly seven hours but couldn't exract a losing error from his tenacious opponent in a complex endgame where he had a small advantage.

Peter Svidler hoped to surprise So in a variation of the English he hadn't played before but So wasn't phased at all and it was Svidler that had to be careful in gaining the draw.

Hikaru Nakamura played the Berlin Defence against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and his confidence in its solidity was rewarded with a draw.

Viswanathan Anand looked to be getting at least something with his Giuoco Piano against Levon Aronian but just when he thought he was getting a bind Aronian found 33...b5 a well calculated liquidation that persuaded Anand to take a draw.

Veselin Topalov repeated an unsual opening against Anish Giri he'd previous tried against Anand. 1. c4 e5 2. d3 Bb4+ 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. a3 Bxd2+ and came up with 6. Qxd2 (which wasn't new having been played in an obscure game in 1995). All this eventually did was give Giri a small edge but Topalov gradually liquidated to a draw.

Round 7 standings: Wesley So 4.5pts/7, Anand, Topalov 4pts, Caruana, Nakamura, MVL, Ding 3.5pts, Giri 3pts, Svidler 2pts.

Round 8 pairings: So-Caruana, Anand-Topalov, Aronian-Nakamura, Ding-MVL, Giri-Svidler

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