Although Levon Aronian lost to MVL in Round 6, he regained composure after Round 8 of Sinquefield Cup 2016, as he defeated the American Hikaru Nakamura, to be back in contention for the title. Also, in Round 8, Peter Svidler had his first win in the tournament, this time against Anish Giri.
And Levon Aronian has a sense of humor: Continue reading “More Draws Anew in Round 7 of 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.
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 6 Results
|Levon Aronian||2771||0-1||M. Vachier-Lagrave||2819|
|Hikaru Nakamura||2731||1/2-1/2||Fabiano Caruana||2807|
|Ding Liren||2793||1-0||Peter Svidler||2751|
|Wesley So||2779||1-0||Veselin Topalov||2761|
|Anish Giri||2765||1/2-1/2||Viswanathan Anand||2770|
Replay the games of the round. Replay »
Thus, after the action-packed Round 6, the ranking is as follows: Continue to view the ranking »
Topalov is ahead by half a point with 4 rounds to go in the tournament.
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 5 Results
|Anish Giri||2769||1/2-1/2||Levon Aronian||2784|
|Viswanathan Anand||2770||1/2-1/2||Wesley So||2771|
|Veselin Topalov||2761||1-0||Ding Liren||2755|
|Peter Svidler||2751||1/2-1/2||Hikaru Nakamura||2791|
|Fabiano Caruana||2807||1/2-1/2||M. Vachier-Lagrave||2819|
Replay all the Round 5 games Replay »
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
|Levon Aronian||2792||1/2-1/2||Fabiano Caruana||2807|
|M. Vachier-Lagrave||2819||1/2-1/2||Peter Svidler||2751|
|Hikaru Nakamura||2791||1/2-1/2||Veselin Topalov||2761|
|Ding Liren||2755||1/2-1/2||Viswanathan Anand||2770|
|Wesley So||2771||1/2-1/2||Anish Giri||2769|
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:
Svidler on why there have been 10 draws in the past 2 games: "I stopped losing games" #SinquefieldCup
— Grand Chess Tour (@GrandChessTour) August 8, 2016
They were not necessarily uncontested draws at all. But draws nonetheless.
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
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
|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|
Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler fell victims in this round. Replay games here.
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”
From 19th to 22nd July the Chinese number one Ding Liren, with a rating of 2778 currently number eight in the world, and Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk, with a rating of 2747 currently number 18 in the world, played a four-game match in Wenzhou, China. Grischuk won the first game from a worse position and Ding Liren did not manage to equalise the score in the following three games. Grischuk won the match 2.5-1.5.
It seems like mini-matches are a thing right now. In May, Ding Liren played Wesley So in a 4-game mini-match as well. Then, more recently, there was the Biel Chess Festival 2016 and Gelfand vs Inarkiev Match 2016.
See the Grischuk vs. Liren match games below: Replay »
It was a quiet 10th and final round for Bilbao Masters Final 2016 as the players drew all their three games. Magnus Carlsen was already the clear winner even before the final round started, and the participants were all seemed satisfied with their ranking, thus the draws in Round 10.
Hikaru Nakamura was undefeated during the entire tournament, and with one win against Carlsen in the very first round, he settled for second place.
Bilbao Masters Final 2016 Final Ranking
Check out the feature video from Bilbao Chess below: Continue reading “Magnus Carlsen wins Bilbao Masters Final 2016”