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
Sinquefield Cup 2017 Ranking after Round 6
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Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round 5 Results
Sinquefield Cup 2017 Ranking after Round 5
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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
Thus at the end of Round 2, Carlsen, Caruana and MVL lead the tournament with 1.5 points apiece.
Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round 1 Results
Replay all the games in Round 1 here: Sinquefield Cup 2017 (All Games Replay).
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:
Magnus Carlsen was trailing Wesley So right from the start of the Blitz round of Your Next Move 2017, until the final round of the day, Round 9, when they finally faced each other and the former was just a point behind.
Replay Round 9 Blitz game between Magnus Carlsen vs. Wesley So below:[replay]
Your Next Move 2017 Blitz Rounds 1-9 Results
|1||Kramnik, Vladimir||1-0||Giri, Anish|
|Anand, Viswanathan||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|So, Wesley||1-0||Jobava, Baadur|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||1-0||Aronian, Levon|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||0-1||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|
|2||Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||Kramnik, Vladimir|
|Giri, Anish||½-½||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|So, Wesley||1-0||Anand, Viswanathan|
|Aronian, Levon||1-0||Ivanchuk, Vassily|
|Jobava, Baadur||0-1||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|
|3||Kramnik, Vladimir||½-½||So, Wesley|
|Anand, Viswanathan||1-0||Jobava, Baadur|
|Nepomniachtchi, Ian||½-½||Aronian, Levon|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||0-1||Giri, Anish|
|4||Carlsen, Magnus||1-0||Ivanchuk, Vassily|
|Giri, Anish||½-½||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|
|Anand, Viswanathan||½-½||Kramnik, Vladimir|
|So, Wesley||0-1||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|Jobava, Baadur||0-1||Aronian, Levon|
|5||Kramnik, Vladimir||1-0||Jobava, Baadur|
|Nepomniachtchi, Ian||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|Aronian, Levon||1-0||Giri, Anish|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||0-1||Anand, Viswanathan|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||½-½||So, Wesley|
|6||Carlsen, Magnus||1-0||Aronian, Levon|
|Kramnik, Vladimir||1-0||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|Anand, Viswanathan||½-½||Ivanchuk, Vassily|
|So, Wesley||1-0||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|
|Jobava, Baadur||0-1||Giri, Anish|
|7||Giri, Anish||1-0||Carlsen, Magnus|
|Nepomniachtchi, Ian||½-½||Anand, Viswanathan|
|Aronian, Levon||½-½||So, Wesley|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||1-0||Jobava, Baadur|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||½-½||Kramnik, Vladimir|
|8||Kramnik, Vladimir||½-½||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|
|Anand, Viswanathan||1-0||Aronian, Levon|
|So, Wesley||0-1||Giri, Anish|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||1-0||Ivanchuk, Vassily|
|Jobava, Baadur||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|9||Carlsen, Magnus||1-0||So, Wesley|
|Giri, Anish||½-½||Anand, Viswanathan|
|Nepomniachtchi, Ian||1-0||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|Aronian, Levon||½-½||Kramnik, Vladimir|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||½-½||Jobava, Baadur|