4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (1)
Wesley So and Veselin Topalov lead after Round 1 of the Sinquefield Cup
Mark Crowther - Friday 5th August 2016
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)|
|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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