Wesley So Beats Topalov in Round 6 and Takes the Sole Lead in Sinquefield Cup 2016

It was an action-packed round, which includes games won by Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.


After we’ve seen 14 draws out of 15 games in the last three rounds, we finally saw real action in Round 6 of Sinquefield Cup 2016. 3 out of 5 games were decided, the biggest of which was where Wesley So beat the tournament leader at the start of this round, Veselin Topalov, and reclaim the solo lead, and with a clear half point lead this time.

The other winners of the round were Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (over Levon Aronian) and Ding Liren (against Peter Svidler). Summary of the results follows:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 6 Results

Levon Aronian27710-1M. Vachier-Lagrave2819
Hikaru Nakamura27311/2-1/2Fabiano Caruana2807
Ding Liren27931-0Peter Svidler2751
Wesley So27791-0Veselin Topalov2761
Anish Giri27651/2-1/2Viswanathan Anand2770

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Thus, after the action-packed Round 6, the ranking is as follows:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Ranking after Round 6

1So, Wesley4.012.50
2Anand, Viswanathan3.510.75
Topalov, Veselin3.59.00
4Caruana, Fabiano3.08.75
Nakamura, Hikaru3.08.25
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime3.08.25
Ding, Liren3.08.00
Aronian, Levon3.07.75
9Giri, Anish2.58.25
10Svidler, Peter1.54.50
Wesley So post game interview
GM Wesley So in Round 6 Sinquefield Cup 2016 post game interview with GM Maurice Ashley. Photo credit to: Grand Chess Tour.

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