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4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (1)

Wesley So and Veselin Topalov lead after Round 1 of the Sinquefield Cup

Wesley So beat Hikaru Nakamura in Round 1. Photo ©

Wesley So beat Hikaru Nakamura in Round 1. Photo © | http://grandchesstour.org/live-2016-sinquefield-cup-grand-chess-tour

The first round of the Sinquefield Cup took place on Friday 5th August. Two games were decisive won by Wesley So and Veselin Topalov.

Wesley So beat Hikaru Nakamura after long term pressure. Nakamura gave up the exchange for two pawns in the opening which should have been enough for equality but then forgot a key part of his preparation and long term So made headway with careful simplification and was winning by move 33. Nakamura said that he wasn't calculating well missing key points.

Peter Svidler was under slight pressure on the board and the clock when his idea of simplification actually lost him a whole piece against Veselin Topalov. Topalov wondered if Svidler was suffering from jet lag having taken so long over a couple of relatively simple decisions.

Anish Giri won a pawn against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) in a sharp Najdorf Sicilian and was pressing for victory after the excellent 27. Ka1! but his 34.Ka2 (34.Qb5!) missed a key tactical point after 34. ... Be6! (35.Qb5 Rb8! was the idea Giri missed) and this led to equality and later a draw.

Ding Liren drew against Levon Aronian in a fairly balanced game which finished in perpetual check.

Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana played a very complex, rich, French Defence which ended in perpetual check on move 35.Qd4 was suggested as a possible improvement afterwards.

Round 1 Standings: So, Topalov 1pt, Caruana, Giri, MVL, Aronian, Anand, Ding 0.5pts, Svidler, Nakamura 0pts.

Round 2 pairings: Caruana-Topalov, Ding-So, MLV-Anand, Nakamura-Giri, Aronian-Svidler

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 * . . . . . . . . 1 1
2. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 . * . . . . . . 1 . 1
3. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2807 . . * . . . ½ . . . ½ 2770
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2769 . . . * ½ . . . . . ½ 2819
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2819 . . . ½ * . . . . . ½ 2769
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 . . . . . * . ½ . . ½ 2755
7. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2770 . . ½ . . . * . . . ½ 2807
8. Ding, Liren g CHN 2755 . . . . . ½ . * . . ½ 2792
9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2751 . 0 . . . . . . * . 0
10. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2791 0 . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (August 5, 2016)
So, Wesley - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 38 E06 Catalan
Topalov, Veselin - Svidler, Peter 1-0 28 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Giri, Anish - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 47 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 45 C15 French Winawer
Ding, Liren - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 31 D37 QGD 5.Bf4

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