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    Sinquefield Cup 2019

    August 2, 2019

    2019 Sinquefield Cup

    The 2018 Sinquefield Cup was one of the most dramatic in the tournaments history and ended in a three way tie between GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Levon Aronian. All three will be back again this year and will no doubt be seeking an outright win. The 2019 tournament will be expanded to 11 rounds for the first time in its history and will offer an improved prize fund this year which will total $325,000.

    August 15 – 29, 2019

    Saint Louis Chess Club, Saint Louis, Missouri

    12 Player Round Robin

    GM Yasser Seirawan, WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Cristian Chirilă and GM Maurice Ashley



    Magnus Carlsen
    Hikaru Nakamura
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Fabiano Caruan
    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
    Ian Nepomniachtchi
    Anish Giri
    Viswanathan Anand
    Levon Aronian
    Ding Liren
    Sergey Karjakin
    Wesley So


    August 17 Round 1
    August 18 Round 2
    August 19 Round 3
    August 20 Round 4
    August 21 Round 5
    August 22 Rest Day
    August 23 Round 6
    August 24 Round 7
    August 25 Round 8
    August 26 Round 9
    August 27 Round 10
    August 28 Round 11
    August 29 Playoff (if required)

    Starting time for games is 13:00 CDT or 2 PM Toronto/Montreal time

  • #2
    Sinquefield Cup 2019

    August 12, 2019

    2019 Sinquefield Cup


    Round 1, August 17

    Ding Liren-So

    Round 2, August 18

    Karjakin-Ding Liren

    Round 3, August 19

    Ding Liren-MVL

    Round 4, August 20

    Nakamura-Ding Liren

    Round 5, August 21

    Ding Liren-Giri

    Round 6, August 23

    Nepo-Ding Liren

    Round 7, August 24

    Ding Liren-Anand

    Round 8, August 25

    Carlsen-Ding Liren

    Round 9, August 26

    Ding Liren – Caruana

    Round 10, August 27

    Aronian-Ding Liren

    Round 11, August 28

    Ding Liren-Mamedyarov
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Saturday, 17th August, 2019, 02:17 PM.


    • #3
      Sinquefield Cup 2019

      August 17, 2019

      Round One

      Comments by Kasparov on the blunders in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament, just concluded:

      Wow, I don’t know where to start! When I made blunders two years ago I could justify it by being old and rusty, but these guys are making blunders that even I’m getting confused! I think there’s only one explanation - they are overworked, because it’s hard, because there’s so many mistakes, so many blunders.

      I don’t have a solution. I feel sorry about my former colleagues, because seeing them making blunders and looking at the internet, seeing lolololol from a bunch of amateurs, that makes me feel a little sick. People are celebrating when MVL or Magnus are making a blunder. I don’t like it.

      Garry put the blame for the packed schedule firmly at the feet of FIDE:

      These guys are just coming at the last minute with four extra tournaments. When we extended the Grand Chess Tour for the year, having 8 events instead of 5 or 6, we looked at the calendar and it was empty, not empty, but it had many, many holes that we could fill, because there’s no chess Olympiad, there’s no Candidates, no World Championship match, so we thought, “ok, why not extend the Grand Chess Tour?” because as you said, great news, more people would like to host, we can go to Africa, we can go to India, so we could go to Romania, but all of a sudden we have to deal with FIDE installing four qualification tournaments into the calendar. You don’t expect all the players to refuse a FIDE qualifier because they want to have their fair chance to qualify. But that means they have to play almost every week.

      Round 1, August 17
      Carlsen, Magnus – Giri, Anish
      A28 English, Four Knights, Nimzowitsch variation

      1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 Bb4 5.d3 d6 6.Be2 Bg4 7.a3 Bc5 8.b4 Bb6 9.Be3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nd4 11.Na4 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 Bxe3 13.Qxe3 O-O 14.O-O Re8 15.Nc3 a5 16.b5 c6 17.Rab1 d5 18.Na4 Qe7 19.bxc6 bxc6 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.Nb6 Rad8 22.Rb5 Qxa3 23.exd5 e4 24.dxe4 Qxe3 25.fxe3 Rxe4 26.Rxa5 Rb4 27.Ra8 Rxa8 28.Nxa8 Nxd5 29.Rd1 Rb8 30.Rxd5 Rxa8 31.Kf2 Kf8 32.Kf3 h6 33.Kf2 Ra2+ 34.Kf3 Ra8 35.Kf2 Ra2+ 36.Kf3 Ra8 1/2-1/2

      Magnus: "After all my misery in rapid and blitz I was happy to get one quiet game today"

      Round 1, August 17
      Nakamura, Hikaru – Caruana, Fabiano
      C80 Ruy Lopez, open

      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 Be7 7.Re1 b5 8.Rxe4 d5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Rxe5 bxa4 11.b3 Be6 12.Ba3 Bxa3 13.Nxa3 O-O 14.Nb1 Qd6 15.Nc3 axb3 16.axb3 c5 17.Ne2 f6 18.Re3 c4 19.Ng3 cxb3 20.cxb3 g6 21.Qf3 Bf7 22.h3 Rfe8 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.Qd3 Re6 25.Nf1 Qb6 26.Ne3 Rc6 27.h4 Kg7 28.h5 Qb4 29.Ng4 Be6 30.h6+ Kf7 31.Ne3 a5 32.Qd1 Rc3 33.Ra4 Qxb3 34.Qxb3 Rxb3 35.Rxa5 g5 36.Ra7+ Kg6 37.Ra6 Kf7 38.g4 Rb4 39.Ra7+ Kg6 40.Ra6 Kf7 41.Ra7+ Kg6 42.Ra6 Kf7 43.Ra7+ 1/2-1/2

      Round 1, August 17
      Ding, Liren – So, Wesley
      E05 Catalan, open, Classical line

      1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.d4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 c5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Qxc4 b6 11.Ne5 Ra7 12.Nd3 Be7 13.Bf4 Bb7 14.Bxb7 Rxb7 15.Rc1 Nd5 16.Be5 Bd6 17.Nd2 Bxe5 18.Nxe5 b5 19.Qd4 bxa4 20.Rxa4 Qb6 21.Nd3 Rd8 22.Ne4 Nd7 23.Nec5 Nxc5 24.Rxc5 Nf4 25.Qxf4 Rxd3 26.Rc8+ Rd8 27.Rac4 h6 28.R4c6 Rxc8 29.Rxc8+ Kh7 30.Qe4+ f5 31.Qc4 Qb3 32.Qxb3 Rxb3 33.Rc6 Rxb2 34.Rxe6 a5 35.Ra6 Rxe2 36.Rxa5 Kg6 37.Ra6+ Kh7 38.Ra5 Kg6 39.Ra6+ Kh7 40.Ra5 1/2-1/2

      Round 1, August 17
      Aronian, Levon – MVL
      A48 King’s Indian, East Indian Defence

      1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.b4 a5 6.b5 c5 7.bxc6 Nxc6 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Bf5 10.c3 Qc7 11.a4 e5 12.Ba3 Rfc8 13.Rc1 e4 14.Nh4 Be6 15.g3 g5 16.Ng2 Qd7 17.f3 exf3 18.Bxf3 Bf5 19.Qb3 Bd3 20.Rf2 Qe6 21.Qd1 b6 22.Nf1 Be4 23.Nd2 Bd3 24.Nf1 Be4 25.Nd2 Bd3 1/2-1/2

      Round 1, August 17
      Karjakin, Sergey – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
      B01 Scandinavian Defence

      1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bd2 e6 7.Bc4 Bb4 8.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Qb6 10.d5 exd5 11.Bxd5 Be6 12.Bxe6 Qxe6+ 13.Qe2 Qxe2+ 14.Kxe2 Nbd7 15.Rhe1 O-O-O 16.Kf1 h6 17.Re7 Rhf8 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.Ne5 Rfe8 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.Nxf7 Ng4 22.f3 Ne3+ 23.Kf2 Nxc2 24.Rc1 Re7 25.Rxc2 Rxf7 26.Ke3 Kd7 27.Rd2+ Ke7 28.Rc2 Kd7 29.Rd2+ Ke7 30.Rc2 Kd7 31.Rd2+ 1/2-1/2

      Round 1, August 17
      Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Anand, Viswanathan
      A21 English, Kramnik-Shirov Counter-Attack

      1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 Be7 4.Nf3 d6 5.d4 Nf6 6.Nc3 exd4 7.Nxd4 d5 8.Bf4 O-O 9.e3 a6 10.Nf3 c6 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.Qxd5 cxd5 14.O-O-O Nc6 15.Bg5 f6 16.Bf4 Be6 17.Kb1 Rac8 18.a3 Rfd8 19.Bd3 Bc5 20.Rhe1 Kf7 21.Bg3 Bb6 22.Bc2 h5 23.h3 Ne7 24.Bb3 g5 25.h4 g4 26.Nd4 Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Nc6 28.Rf4 d4 29.Bxe6+ Kxe6 30.exd4+ Kf7 31.f3 gxf3 32.Rxf3 Nxd4 33.Rf4 Ne6 34.Rf3 Nd4 35.Rf4 Nb3 36.Bf2 Rc4 37.Rxc4 Nd2+ 38.Kc2 Nxc4 39.Re2 Ne5 40.Be1 Ke6 41.a4 Rd6 42.g3 Kf5 43.Rf2+ Kg4 44.Rf4+ Kh3 45.Rf1 Rc6+ 46.Kb1 Re6 47.Rf5 Ng6 48.Bf2 Kg4 49.Rd5 Ne5 50.Rd4+ Kh3 51.Rd5 Re7 52.Kc2 Ng4 53.Bb6 Rh7 54.Rd3 Ne5 55.Rb3 Rd7 56.Be3 Nf3 57.Rb6 Kxg3 58.Rxf6 Nxh4 59.b4 Ng2 60.Ba7 h4 61.Kc3 h3 62.Bb8+ Kg4 63.Rg6+ Kh5 64.Rg8 Ne3 65.Rg3 Nd5+ 66.Kb3 Kh4 67.Rg8 Nf6 68.Rg6 Ng4 69.Rg8 Rh7 70.Kc4 h2 71.Bxh2 Nxh2 72.b5 Ng4 73.Ra8 axb5+ 74.Kxb5 Nf6 75.a5 Nd5 76.Ra7 Kg5 77.Kc4 b5+ 0-1

      Vishy had a win earlier but RN vs R is a draw, so 70..h2 was a mistake. Nepo had the draw in his pocket and then blundered the game with 77.Kc4

      Position after 70….h2


      Position after 77.Kc4


      Possible continuation after 77,,,b5+

      (78. axb6 Nxb6+ 79. Kc5 Rxa7 80. Kxb6 Rd7 81. Kc5 Kf4 82. Kc6 Rd1 83. Kc5 Ke4 84. Kc6 Rd5 85. Kc7 Ke5 86. Kc6 Ke6 87. Kc7 Rd6 88. Kb8 Rd7 89. Ka8 Kd6 90. Kb8 Kc6 91. Kc8 Rd3 92. Kb8 Ra3 93. Kc8 Ra8#) 0-1
      Last edited by Wayne Komer; Saturday, 17th August, 2019, 07:20 PM.


      • #4
        Persistence by Vishy Anand! He now leads Sinquefeld Cup! and Nepo, dangerous at all times, has a bad start.


        • #5
          Vishy still leads after round 2!


          • #6
            Sinquefield Cup 2019

            August 18, 2019

            Round Two

            From the official site:

            Nepomniachtchi had the perfect opportunity to bounce back from his tragic loss from round 1 as Caruana made a grave error on move 28. The game started as a complicated Najdorf, with opposite side castling and each side trying to attack the enemy king. The players reached an opposite colored bishop middle game, with both bishops restricted by the pawn structure. Caruana retreated his queen on move 28 in order to consolidate his position which gave black the opportunity to play a beautiful winning tactic. The combination was difficult to find as it involved a queen retreat, an atypical motif in an attacking line. Caruana actually found the line after playing his move but Nepomniachtchi did not and the game ended with a repetition a few moves later.

            Anand opted out for the Rossolimo Variation in the Sicilian; surprisingly Carlsen recaptured the knight with the b pawn as opposed to with the d pawn which he prefers. Anand essayed a variation which he thought his opponent spent the least amount of time preparing, getting a lead in development. The turn of events prompted the World Champion to enter the confessional booth and share his thoughts, explaining that being two moves away from castling can be dangerous. In the postgame interview, the former World Champion explained that he had many continuation which would him give him a pleasant position but there was no major hitter waiting. Amidst these choices, he missed a move by Carlsen which rendered his knights quickly. Sensing the long term danger, he quickly reacted, exchanging the minor pieces thus getting rid of his opponent’s menacing bishop pair. The resulting endgame was completely equal and quickly ended in a draw.

            The longest game of the round did not prove to be fruitful for Giri. After a long grind, the Dutchman won a pawn on the queenside in a rook and knight endgame but the conversion remained difficult. Giri gave up a pawn in order to create a potential mating on the kingside with the pawn structure. The critical moment in the game was on move 48, when Giri pushed his passed pawn all the way to 7th rank instead of exchanging the knight pair to enter a rook ending. The rook endgame would have been winning, but Giri chose his continuation missing his opponent’s defensive resource - he couldn’t activate his king due to the mating net Aronian could create. With no winning resourced left in the position, the game ended in a draw with repetition.

            Mamedyarov played an enterprising move, 11.Rg1 in Queen’s Gambit Declined after castling queenside, signaling his readiness to enter murky waters. He explained that it’s a risky move, one that he would normally play in a rapid game but he was in the mood for a fight. Nakamura looked uncomfortable in the opening, as it is always an unpleasant feeling to walk into one’s opponent’s preparation. After a tactical battle, the players entered an endgame that was favorable for the white pieces due to black’s misplaced knight and bad pawn structure. Mamedyarov felt that his position was always good and joked that it was the kind of position he would lose with the black pieces but can’t win with white. Nakamura survived the storm by putting up an obstinate resistance and ultimately entering a drawn endgame with a tactical shot.


            Round 2, August 18
            Anand, Vishy – Carlsen, Magnus
            B31 Sicilian, Nimowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

            1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d4 Bg7 6.dxc5 Qa5+ 7.Nbd2 Qxc5 8.O-O d6 9.Re1 f6 10.a3 Nh6 11.b4 Qh5 12.c4 O-O 13.Qa4 Bd7 14.Nf1 Nf7 15.Ng3 Qg4 16.c5 e5 17.cxd6 c5 18.Qb3 cxb4 19.axb4 Qe6 20.Qxe6 Bxe6 21.Be3 a6 22.Rec1 Rfd8 23.Nd2 Bf8 24.Nc4 Rac8 25.Bc5 Bxc4 26.Rxc4 Nxd6 27.Rcc1 Rc6 28.f3 Nb5 29.Bxf8 Rxc1+ 30.Rxc1 Kxf8 31.Nf1 Nd4 32.Rc4 Ke7 33.Ne3 Kd6 34.Rc5 Nc6 35.Rd5+ Ke7 36.b5 axb5 37.Rxb5 Rb8 38.Rxb8 Nxb8 39.Kf2 Ke6 40.g3 Nd7 41.Nc4 Nc5 42.Ke3 Nd7 43.Kf2 Nc5 44.Ke3 Nd7 45.Kf2 1/2-1/2

            Round 2, August 18
            Carlsen, Fabiano – Nepomniachtchi, Ian
            B90 Sicilian, Najdorf, Adams Attack

            1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.g4 b5 9.g5 Nfd7 10.h4 Nb6 11.Be3 Be6 12.Bxb6 Qxb6 13.Qf3 b4 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 Nd7 16.O-O-O a5 17.Kb1 a4 18.Nd2 Nc5 19.Bd3 b3 20.cxb3 axb3 21.a3 Ra4 22.Ne4 Nxe4 23.Bxe4 O-O 24.Rhg1 Qa7 25.h5 g6 26.Rd3 Rb8 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Qg2 Bf8 29.f3 Rc4 30.Rh1 Qc7 31.Qh2 Bg7 32.Qe2 Bf8 33.Qh2 Bg7 34.Qe2 Bf8 35.Qh2 Bg7 1/2-1/2

            Round 2, August 18
            Karjakin, Sergey – Ding, Liren
            C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall Counter Attack

            1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d3 Bd6 13.Re1 Bf5 14.Qf3 Qh4 15.g3 Qh3 16.Be3 Bxd3 17.Nd2 Qf5 18.Bd4 Rfd8 19.a4 h6 20.h4 Rac8 21.axb5 axb5 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.Ra5 Qxf3 24.Nxf3 Re8 25.b4 f6 26.Ra6 Bf8 27.Ra7 Ra8 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.h5 Be2 30.Kg2 Bd6 31.Rd7 Re6 32.Bc5 Be5 33.Bd4 Bd6 34.Bc5 Be5 35.Bd4 Bd6 1/2-1/2

            Round 2, August 18
            MVL – So, Wesley
            C54 Giuoco Piano

            1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.O-O a6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Re1 O-O 9.h3 Kh8 10.d4 Ng8 11.b4 exd4 12.cxd4 Nxb4 13.Nc3 a5 14.Bf4 f6 15.Qb3 Ne7 16.Rad1 c6 17.Bc1 d5 18.exd5 Bf5 19.dxc6 Bc2 20.cxb7 Rb8 21.Qa3 Bxd1 22.Rxd1 Nf5 23.Nb5 Nd6 24.Bf1 Nxb5 25.axb5 Rxb7 26.Bd2 Nc2 27.Qa4 Nxd4 28.Nxd4 Qxd4 29.Qxd4 Bxd4 30.Bxa5 Bb6 31.Bxb6 Rxb6 32.g3 g6 33.Rd7 Rfb8 34.Bc4 R8b7 35.Rd8+ Kg7 36.Bd5 Rxb5 37.Bxb7 Rxb7 38.Kg2 h5 39.h4 Ra7 40.Rc8 Rb7 41.Rd8 Ra7 42.Rc8 Rb7 43.Rd8 1/2-1/2

            Round 2, August 18
            Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Nakamura, Hikaru
            D37 QGD, Hastings variation

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.a3 Qa5 10.O-O-O Be7 11.Rg1 a6 12.g4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 b5 14.g5 Nh5 15.Bd3 b4 16.Bxh7+ Kh8 17.Be4 bxc3 18.Bxc6 cxb2+ 19.Kb1 Qxa3 20.Qxb2 Qxb2+ 21.Kxb2 Ra7 22.Bd6 Bxd6 23.Rxd6 Bb7 24.Ne5 Bxc6 25.Rxc6 Rb8+ 26.Kc2 a5 27.Rb1 Rd8 28.Rbb6 Kh7 29.f4 Rda8 30.Kb3 a4+ 31.Ka3 f6 32.Nf3 Rd7 33.Rd6 Rxd6 34.Rxd6 Rc8 35.gxf6 gxf6 36.Rxe6 Nxf4 37.exf4 Rc3+ 38.Kxa4 Rxf3 39.Rxf6 Kg7 40.Rb6 Rxf4+ 41.Rb4 Rxb4+ 42.Kxb4 Kg6 43.h3 Kh5 44.h4 Kxh4 1/2-1/2

            Round 2, August 18
            Giri, Anish – Aronian, Levon
            C50 Giuoco Piano

            1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.O-O d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 O-O 8.Nbd2 Ba7 9.h3 h6 10.Re1 Re8 11.b4 Be6 12.Bxe6 Rxe6 13.Qc2 Qd7 14.Nf1 d5 15.Be3 d4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.Bxd4 Bxd4 18.Nxd4 Qxd4 19.Qxc7 Qxd3 20.Qxb7 Qd8 21.Red1 Qb8 22.Qxb8+ Rxb8 23.f3 Rxb4 24.Ne3 g6 25.a5 Rb5 26.Rdb1 Rc5 27.Rb6 Kf8 28.Ra2 h5 29.h4 Nd7 30.Rb7 Rc1+ 31.Kh2 Nc5 32.Rb8+ Re8 33.Rb6 Re6 34.Nd5 Rxb6 35.axb6 Rb1 36.Ra5 Nd7 37.Rxa6 Rb2 38.Kg1 Kg7 39.Kh2 Kf8 40.Kg3 Kg7 41.Kh3 Kf8 42.g4 hxg4+ 43.fxg4 Nc5 44.Ra8+ Kg7 45.g5 Nxe4 46.Rd8 Kh7 47.Rb8 Rb5 48.b7 Rb2 49.Ne7 Nd6 50.Ng8 Ne4 51.Ne7 Nd6 52.Nd5 Ne4 53.Ne7 1/2-1/2

            Position after Black’s 47….Rb5


            Better here is 48.Nf6+

            48...Nxf6 49.gxf6 Rb3+ 50.Kg4 Rb4+ 51.Kg3 Rb3+ 52.Kf2 Rb5 53.b7 Rb3 54.Ke2 Rb2+ 55.Kd3 Rb4 56.Kc3 Rb6 57.Kc4 Rb2 58.Kd5 Rb5+ 59.Ke4 Rb3 60.Kxe5 Rb6 61.Kd5


            • #7
              I hope Vishy wins ... I have his autograph.