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? »
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
|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
Replay all 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
|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
Replay all games here.
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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
|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
|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 »