We saw four draws in four classical games in the two semi-final matches (
replay). Thus both match-ups headed to the playoffs.
In the match-up between
Wesley So and Ding Liren, the first pair of rapid games (25mins + 10sec) ended in further draws, but in the second pair of rapid games (10mins + 10sec), Ding Liren drew first blood in the first game and in the second game he was happy enough for the draw. Replay games here. Wesley So vs. Ding Liren match-up results – FIDE World Cup 2017 Semifinals
What happened to Aronian vs. MVL? »
Watch this video interview of
Wesley So about his outlook towards the 2017 World Cup, the Candidates race, the role of Lotis Key, plus a message to his ever-supportive fans:
From 128 players, now we’re down to just 4:
Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So and Ding Liren.
Big names that were not able to make it to the Final Four include
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin and Anish Giri.
Remember, the winners (2) of the Semi-Final round are secured a spot in next year’s Candidates tournament.
With six rounds down and 3 to go, the defending champion of the
Sinquefield Cup 2017 as well as the Grand Chess Tour 2017, Wesley So, finds himself solely at the bottom of the standings as he lost his 6th round game against Levon Aronian. Replay »
The rest of the Round 6 games were draws.
Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round 6 Results
# White Results Black 1 Aronian, Levon 1-0 So, Wesley 2 Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru 3 Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4 Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan 5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Svidler, Peter Sinquefield Cup 2017 Ranking after Round 6
# Name FED Rating Pts SB 1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2791 4.0 11.25 2 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2783 3.5 10.50 Aronian, Levon ARM 2809 3.5 9.75 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2822 3.5 9.50 5 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2807 3.0 10.00 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2773 3.0 8.75 7 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2792 2.5 7.75 Svidler, Peter RUS 2749 2.5 7.25 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2742 2.5 6.75 10 So, Wesley USA 2810 2.0 5.00
Sinquefield Cup 2017 games.
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Magnus Carlsen defeated Wesley So in the fifth round of Sinquefield Cup 2017 to remain within striking distance of the leader, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Replay » Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round 5 Results
# White Results Black 1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Aronian, Levon 2 Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Caruana, Fabiano 3 Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian 4 Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Svidler, Peter 5 So, Wesley 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus Sinquefield Cup 2017 Ranking after Round 5
# Name FED Rating Pts SB 1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2791 3.5 8.25 2 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2822 3.0 7.25 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2783 3.0 7.25 4 Aronian, Levon ARM 2809 2.5 6.50 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2807 2.5 6.25 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2773 2.5 5.50 7 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2792 2.0 5.25 Svidler, Peter RUS 2749 2.0 5.25 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2742 2.0 4.50 So, Wesley USA 2810 2.0 4.00
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Another action-packed Round 2 in
Sinquefield Cup 2017 as 60% of the games are once again decisive. The top 3 players in the world in terms of FIDE ratings won their games in this round.
Wesley So bounced back from his Round 1 loss by defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi in Round 2. Magnus Carlsen displayed his dominance against his former challenger Sergey Karjakin in the world chess crown. Fabiano Caruana delivered a fine win against Levon Aronian after a rook+bishop vs. rook ending. Replay » Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round 2 Results
# White Results Black 1 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Karjakin, Sergey 2 Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3 Aronian, Levon 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 4 Svidler, Peter ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan 5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 So, Wesley
Thus at the end of Round 2, Carlsen, Caruana and MVL lead the tournament with 1.5 points apiece.
Ranking after Round 2 »
The third leg of the
Grand Chess Tour 2017, the Sinquefield Cup 2017, kicked off with a bang as 3 out of 5 games in Round 1 were decisive.
The defending champion of the tournament,
Wesley So, suffered a setback right at the opening Round 1 at the hands of MVL. See the rest of the results below: Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round 1 Results
# White Results Black 1 Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 Svidler, Peter 2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 So, Wesley 3 Aronian, Levon 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 4 Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus 5 Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Replay all the games in Round 1 here:
Sinquefield Cup 2017 (All Games Replay).
Ranking after Round 1 »
Magnus Carlsen may have been down by 3 points when the rapid rounds of the tournament concluded against the then leader Wesley So, but after a spectacular performance of 14.5/18 in the blitz rounds, Carlsen came out the runaway winner of the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, the Your Next Move 2017, which happened in Leuven, Belgium.
This is a back-to-back tournament wins for Carlsen as he also won the the tour’s
Paris leg last month. Remember that the Grand Chess Tour 2017 is composed of 5 tournaments as follows:
Your Next Move 2017 Final Ranking »
Magnus Carlsen was trailing Wesley So right from the start of the Blitz round of Your Next Move 2017, until the final round of the day, Round 9, when they finally faced each other and the former was just a point behind.
Replay Round 9 Blitz game between Magnus Carlsen vs. Wesley So below:
Replay » Your Next Move 2017 Blitz Rounds 1-9 Results
Round White Results Black
1 Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Giri, Anish
Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
So, Wesley 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Aronian, Levon
Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2 Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
Giri, Anish ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
So, Wesley 1-0 Anand, Viswanathan
Aronian, Levon 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
3 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ So, Wesley
Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Aronian, Levon
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 Giri, Anish
4 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Giri, Anish ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
So, Wesley 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Aronian, Levon
5 Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
Aronian, Levon 1-0 Giri, Anish
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 Anand, Viswanathan
Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ So, Wesley
6 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Aronian, Levon
Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Ivanchuk, Vassily
So, Wesley 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Giri, Anish
7 Giri, Anish 1-0 Carlsen, Magnus
Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan
Aronian, Levon ½-½ So, Wesley
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
8 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Aronian, Levon
So, Wesley 0-1 Giri, Anish
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
9 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 So, Wesley
Giri, Anish ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Aronian, Levon ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ Jobava, Baadur
Ranking follows »
Wesley So leads Leuven after the Rapid Rounds
After 9 rounds of rapid games,
Wesley So is on top of the ranking for Your Next Move 2017, the 2nd leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, currently happening in Leuven, Belgium. There are 18 rounds of blitz games still left in the tournament.
Check out the results and ranking »