The 2016 Sinquefield Cup is an elite international event, featuring 10 of the strongest chess players in the world. Over the course of nine rounds, these competitors will battle for $300,000 in prize money, points toward the Grand Chess Tour, and the coveted title of 2016 Sinquefield Cup Champion.
Grand Chess Tour 2016 Standings (After Paris, Leuven, and St. Louis)
As we have mentioned before, Wesley So now leads the Grand Chess Tour 2016 race with 30 GCT points:
Many congratulations to America's #3 player Wesley So for winning the 2016 Sinquefield Cup!!! #SinquefieldCup pic.twitter.com/OChiv4qFlD
— Grand Chess Tour (@GrandChessTour) August 15, 2016
But let’s find out how did the rest of the players fared so far:
Grand Chess Tour 2016 Ranking After Paris, Leuven, and St. Louis
|Player||Paris||Leuven||St Louis||Total||Prize Money|
* Considered as wildcards for the tour.
Wesley So Wins Sinquefield Cup 2016
With a score of 5.5 out of 9 games, with draws in the last three games, Wesley So emerged as the victor in this year’s Sinquefield Cup, the third leg of Grand Chess Tour 2016. That, despite of in the last round, Veselin Topalov had a winning position, which would have guaranteed him playoff games against So to determine the ultimate champion.
Topalov-Aronian's ending is mate in 38 for White. With accurate play Topalov will play a tiebreak with So tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/PObMa4YNIa
— Lennart Ootes (@LennartOotes) August 14, 2016
But in the end, Levon Aronian was able to hold off Topalov to a draw.[replay]
Results of the Round 9 games follow:
Aronian Beats Nakamura in Round 8 to Stay in Contention in Sinquefield Cup 2016
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.
More Draws Anew in Round 7 of Sinquefield Cup 2016
More draws happened in Round 7 of Sinquefield Cup 2016. In fact, all 5 games were drawn. [replay]
What have we discerned from this round? Apparently, Wesley So has yet to beat Peter Svidler in his lifetime.
And Levon Aronian has a sense of humor:
Watch: Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 6 Recap
The gladiators of chess cross swords once again, right now.
That’s how GM Maurice Asheley describes what happens in Round 7, which is coming up soon!
In Round 7, Wesley So will play black against Peter Svidler. Here’s the complete match-ups:
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 7 Matchups
|Viswanathan Anand||2770||--||Levon Aronian||2792|
|Veselin Topalov||2761||--||Anish Giri||2769|
|Peter Svidler||2751||--||Wesley So||2771|
|Fabiano Caruana||2807||--||Ding Liren||2755|
|M. Vachier-Lagrave||2819||--||Hikaru Nakamura||2791|
Stay tuned for more updates from Sinquefield Cup 2016.
Wesley So Beats Topalov in Round 6 and Takes the Sole Lead in Sinquefield Cup 2016
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.
The other winners of the round were Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (over Levon Aronian) and Ding Liren (against Peter Svidler). Summary of the results follows:
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:
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 5 Video Recap
It’s rest day today for the Sinquefield Cup 2016, so we just let GM Maurice Ashley do the recap and show us what happened in Round 5.
Round 6 is coming up soon. Wesley So will be up against the tournament leader, Veselin Topalov. The rest of the pairings are the following:
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 6 Match-Ups
|Levon Aronian||2792||--||M. Vachier-Lagrave||2819|
|Hikaru Nakamura||2791||--||Fabiano Caruana||2807|
|Ding Liren||2755||--||Peter Svidler||2751|
|Wesley So||2771||--||Veselin Topalov||2761|
|Anish Giri||2769||--||Viswanathan Anand||2770|
Veselin Topalov Takes the Lead after Round 5 in Sinquefield Cup 2016
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.
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]
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
|Anish Giri||2769||--||Levon Aronian||2792|
|Viswanathan Anand||2770||--||Wesley So||2771|
|Veselin Topalov||2761||--||Ding Liren||2755|
|Peter Svidler||2751||--||Hikaru Nakamura||2791|
|Fabiano Caruana||2807||--||M. Vachier-Lagrave||2819|