Kramnik Out, Svidler In, in Sinquefield Cup 2016

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.NameCountryJuly
Rtg
1Fabiano CaruanaUnited States2810
2Maxime Vachier-LagraveFrance2798
3Levon AronianArmenia2792
4Hikaru NakamuraUnited States2787
5Anish GiriNetherlands2785
6Ding LirenChina2778
7Wesley SoUnited States2770
8Viswanathan AnandIndia2770
9Veselin TopalovBulgaria2761
10Peter SvidlerRussia2759

Alexander Grischuk Beats Ding Liren in a Mini Match

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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.

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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]

Final Result: The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit

It can be recalled that the first two games ended in draws.

In the third match, someone indeed drew blood.

Playing as white, GM Ding Liren of China defeated GM Wesley So of USA in a Queen’s Gambit Declined in Game 3 of the 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit.

The match continued with the final game — Game 4 — which ended in the third draw.

Thus, the match stood at 2.5-1.5 in favor of the Chinese Ding Liren.

Replay all the four games of the match.

Wesley So vs. Ding Liren; Round 2, China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit 2016

After 61 moves, both parties agreed to a draw. Replay the game below:

This match up is scheduled for four games only. Are we gonna see all four games come down to all draws? We hope to see some action in the last two round.

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