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Veselin Topalov Takes the Lead after Round 5 in Sinquefield Cup 2016

Topalov is ahead by half a point with 4 rounds to go in the tournament.

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Former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov beat China’s No. 1 Ding Liren in Round 5 of Sinquefield Cup 2016 to take the lead from the rest of the pack.

Veselin Topalov leads the pack after Round 5. Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour
Veselin Topalov leads the pack after Round 5. Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 5 Results

NameRtgRes.NameRtg
Anish Giri27691/2-1/2Levon Aronian2784
Viswanathan Anand27701/2-1/2Wesley So2771
Veselin Topalov27611-0Ding Liren2755
Peter Svidler27511/2-1/2Hikaru Nakamura2791
Fabiano Caruana28071/2-1/2M. Vachier-Lagrave2819

Replay all the Round 5 games Replay »

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Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 4 Highlights

GM Maurice Ashley covers the highlights from yesterday’s Round 4 of the 2016 Sinquefield Cup, third leg of the Grand Chess Tour.

Round 5 coming up later in just a few hours.

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 5 Matchups

NameRtgRes.NameRtg
Anish Giri2769--Levon Aronian2792
Viswanathan Anand2770--Wesley So2771
Veselin Topalov2761--Ding Liren2755
Peter Svidler2751--Hikaru Nakamura2791
Fabiano Caruana2807--M. Vachier-Lagrave2819

More Draws Abound Round 4 of Sinquefield Cup 2016

It was never short of exciting games, but draws nonetheless.

Another uneventful day in Saint Louis as 5 more draws happened among the ten of the top grandmasters in the world. The match ups of the Round 4 follow:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 4 Results

NameRtgRes.NameRtg
Levon Aronian27921/2-1/2Fabiano Caruana2807
M. Vachier-Lagrave28191/2-1/2Peter Svidler2751
Hikaru Nakamura27911/2-1/2Veselin Topalov2761
Ding Liren27551/2-1/2Viswanathan Anand2770
Wesley So27711/2-1/2Anish Giri2769

That brings to a total of 10 draws in the last 2 rounds. How did this happen? Peter Svidler teased that it was because he stopped losing:

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Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 3 Highlights

GM Maurice Ashley, in the video that follows, summarizes the drama that unfolded in Round 3 of Sinquefield Cup 2016:

Round 4, we sure hope, will bring more excitement to this drama.

All Games Drawn in Round 3 of Sinquefield Cup 2016

They were not necessarily uncontested draws at all. But draws nonetheless.

At the end of Round 2 of Sinquefield Cup 2016, 5 out of 10 games (50%) were decided. But in Round 3, all games were drawn.

They were not necessarily uncontested draws at all. The game between Wesley So and Levon Aronian is one example where Aronian traded his two minor pieces for a rook and a pawn early on, but just as the game started, the game ended even.Replay »

Wesley So still leads the tournament so far, after applying the tiebreak. See standings below:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Ranking after Round 3

#NamePtsSB
1So, Wesley2.03.25
Anand, Viswanathan2.02.50
Aronian, Levon2.02.25
Topalov, Veselin2.01.75
5Ding, Liren1.52.50
Caruana, Fabiano1.52.25
Nakamura, Hikaru1.52.00
8Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime1.01.50
Giri, Anish1.01.25
10Svidler, Peter0.50.75

Replay the round 3 games »

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 2 Results

Indeed, it was action-packed Round 2!

The Sinquefield Cup is the third leg of Grand Chess Tour 2016. Two former world champions, Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov, are participants in this event, although we’re missing the skill sets of another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, and the current world champion and number 1 player, Magnus Carlsen, whose currently busy preparing for defending his title come November.

In round 2 of the tournament, we saw some action — so much so, that 3 out of the 5 games were actually decisive:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 2 Results

NameRtgRes.NameRtg
Levon Aronian27841-0Peter Svidler2751
Fabiano Caruana28071/2-1/2Veselin Topalov2761
Hikaru Nakamura27911-0Anish Giri2769
Ding Liren27551/2-1/2Wesley So2771
M. Vachier-Lagrave28190-1Viswanathan Anand2770

Crosstable and standings are available here »

Wesley So and Veselin Topalov Win in Round 1 of Sinquefield Cup 2016

Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler fell victims in this round. Replay games here.

Wesley So in Sinquefield Cup 2016
Wesley So in Sinquefield Cup 2016. Photo courtesy of Grand Chess Tour.

Sinquefield Cup 2016 starts with a bang! Two out of five games were decisive.

Wesley So beats Hikaru Nakamura in their clash (Replay ») in Round 1 of Sinquefield Cup. Apparently, this was So’s first win over Nakamura in a classical time period game.  Meanwhile, Peter Svidler fell victim to Veselin Topalov on the other board. The rest of the games were drawn. Continue reading “Wesley So and Veselin Topalov Win in Round 1 of Sinquefield Cup 2016”

FIDE Ratings Update — August 2016

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave takes the 2nd spot, but can he maintain the momentum come Sinquefield Cup 2016?

The FIDE Ratings update for the month of August 2016 is out.

There are a lot of changes in the top 10, including MVL‘s jump from number 4 to number 2 after a 21 ELO rating points boost from 2798 to 2819. Let’s find out if he can keep his momentum in the upcoming Sinquefield Cup.

Ding Liren lost 23 ELO points after his loss in his mini match against Alexander Grischuk, among others, and thus slid down from number 8 to number 13.

Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin lost ground as well after their dismal performances in Bilbao, and thus enabling Wesley So to gain control of the 7th spot.

You’ll find below the top 20 list:

FIDE Ratings Top 20 - August 2016

RkNameTi.FedRtgGmsB-Year
1Carlsen, MagnusgNOR2857101990
2Vachier-Lagrave, MaximegFRA2819111990
3Kramnik, VladimirgRUS280871975
4Caruana, FabianogUSA280771992
5Aronian, LevongARM279201982
6Nakamura, HikarugUSA2791101987
7So, WesleygUSA2771101993
8Anand, ViswanathangIND277001969
9Giri, AnishgNED2769101994
10Karjakin, SergeygRUS2769101990
11Mamedyarov, ShakhriyargAZE276401985
12Topalov, VeselingBUL276101975
13Ding, LirengCHN2755161992
14Grischuk, AlexandergRUS275441983
15Li, Chao bgCHN275391989
16Harikrishna, P.gIND2752131986
17Rapport, RichardgHUN275201996
18Svidler, PetergRUS275141976
19Gelfand, BorisgISR274361968
20Navara, DavidgCZE274271985
Check out the Top 100 List.

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The Preview of the Sinquefield Cup 2016

The Grand Chess Tour 2016 continues with the third leg, the Sinquefield Cup, in Saint Louis in Missouri. Watch the preview video below: