Indeed, it was action-packed Round 2!
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
Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg
Levon Aronian 2784 1-0 Peter Svidler 2751
Fabiano Caruana 2807 1/2-1/2 Veselin Topalov 2761
Hikaru Nakamura 2791 1-0 Anish Giri 2769
Ding Liren 2755 1/2-1/2 Wesley So 2771
M. Vachier-Lagrave 2819 0-1 Viswanathan Anand 2770
Crosstable and standings are available here »
Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler fell victims in this round. Replay games here.
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”
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
Rk Name Ti. Fed Rtg Gms B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2857 10 1990
2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2819 11 1990
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2808 7 1975
4 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2807 7 1992
5 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 0 1982
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2791 10 1987
7 So, Wesley g USA 2771 10 1993
8 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2770 0 1969
9 Giri, Anish g NED 2769 10 1994
10 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 10 1990
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2764 0 1985
12 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 0 1975
13 Ding, Liren g CHN 2755 16 1992
14 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2754 4 1983
15 Li, Chao b g CHN 2753 9 1989
16 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2752 13 1986
17 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2752 0 1996
18 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2751 4 1976
19 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2743 6 1968
20 Navara, David g CZE 2742 7 1985
the Top 100 List.
Continue reading “FIDE Ratings Update — August 2016”
Grand Chess Tour 2016 continues with the third leg, the Sinquefield Cup, in Saint Louis in Missouri. Watch the preview video below:
Due to health reasons, Vladimir Kramnik is not gonna make it to play in Saint Louis.
The third leg of
Grand Chess Tour 2016, the Singquefield Cup in Saint Louis, Missouri, in the United States, was scheduled to have Vladimir Kramnik among its list of strong participants. But apparently, he withdrew for health reasons. Chess.com:
Kramnik, who was going to make his debut in St. Louis, told Chess.com: “I have had back problems for quite some time already. Since it is getting worse, I just want to use this month to cure it.”
Signs of aging, eh? Nevertheless, Sinquefield Cup will make do without the World No. 3 (according to the live ratings) and carry on with
Peter Svidler in his stead.
Thus, the lineup for the Sinquefield Cup 2016 follows:
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Participants
Sd. Name Country July
1 Fabiano Caruana United States 2810
2 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 2798
3 Levon Aronian Armenia 2792
4 Hikaru Nakamura United States 2787
5 Anish Giri Netherlands 2785
6 Ding Liren China 2778
7 Wesley So United States 2770
8 Viswanathan Anand India 2770
9 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria 2761
10 Peter Svidler Russia 2759
Continue reading “Kramnik Out, Svidler In, in Sinquefield Cup 2016”
‘Lie low’ might be a better term, but what are the signs?
Viswanathan Anand about people who are repeatedly asking him about his retirement plans:
Honestly, I understand why they are asking that question. It doesn’t offend me. I just live for the moment. One day it will be ‘yes.’ For the moment it is ‘no.’
Unlike a lot of other sports, there is virtually no retiring from chess. You can definitely ‘lie low’, as I believe
Garry Kasparov did, but not retirement.
But what are the signs that one should start lying low from chess? When they get to a certain age? When they are already off their peak form by so much? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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The FIDE Ratings List updated for July 2016 is here. Check out the top 20 in the table below.
FIDE Ratings Top 20--July 2016
Rank Name Country Rating Games
1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2855 0
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2812 0
3 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2810 9
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2798 10
5 Aronian, Levon ARM 2792 0
6 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2787 0
7 Giri, Anish NED 2785 9
8 Ding, Liren CHN 2778 3
9 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2773 9
10 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2770 0
11 So, Wesley USA 2770 0
12 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2764 12
13 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2761 0
14 Svidler, Peter RUS 2759 0
15 Li, Chao b CHN 2758 0
16 Harikrishna, P. IND 2755 9
17 Rapport, Richard HUN 2752 13
18 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2747 0
19 Navara, David CZE 2745 19
20 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2737 9
Continue reading “FIDE Ratings List July 2016”
Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour 2016 so far, but ….
Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour Leuven
After winning the
rapid rounds with an impressive 4/4 performance on Day 2 of the tournament, World Champion Magnus Carlsen even cemented his dominance with an 11/18 performance in the blitz rounds.
Thus, making him the runaway winner of the combined rapid and blitz games that comprise the whole of the Grand Chess Tour 2016 —
Your Next Move — Leuven, Belgium. Final combined results follow:
Wesley So makes it to the 2nd place at the conclusion of this Leuven leg. He is followed, this time closely behind, by Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand, by half a point each.
Continue reading “Grand Chess Tour 2016 Standings — after Paris and Leuven”
He is, thus far, well poised to take home one of the top prizes in the tour.
Wesley So finished the first half of the blitz rounds of Your Next Move — Grand Chess Tour 2016 at second place with 5 points out of 9, although, tied with Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, and Hikaru Nakamura. Levon Aronian is slightly ahead at 5.5 points.
Crosstable after nine rounds of blitz games:
With three-quarters through the tournament, Carlsen is still ahead in the combined score (
rapid scores are multiplied by two): Continue reading “Wesley So in great shape so far in Grand Chess Tour 2016”