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Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the Grand Chess […]

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Since the inception of The Chess Drum, I have written on hundreds of events. However one of the most rewarding experiences is to cover an event live. Being present gives access to the excitement in the atmosphere, the away-from-the-board drama and the personal interactions with players. It is one of the the factors that make […]

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.@Vachier_Lagrave at the closing ceremony #SinqefieldCup #GrandChessTour pic.twitter.com/2I4L8Yj7EU — Grand Chess Tour (@GrandChessTour) August 13, 2017 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has had mixed results in the past year. In last year’s Sinquefield Cup, MVL, as he is known, was second in the world with a 2819 ELO and top seed. He finished on 50% and it started […]

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Blazing trails lead to St. Louis, the self-proclaimed “capital of chess” to host to 2017 Sinquefield Cup. As part of the third of five events of the Grand Chess Tour, it is a chance for players to ground on tour leader and World Champion Magnus Carlsen. According to tournament organizers… The 2017 Sinquefield Cup is […]

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Wesley So, wearing a beautiful Filipino barong, hoists the Sinqufield Cup aloft after winning the 2016 edition. Photo by Lennart Ootes Wesley So is heading to Baku, Azerbaijan to compete for gold on the U.S. Olympiad team. He got an excellent tuneup for the event with his close victory in a strong field. Despite Magnus […]

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Defending Champion, GM Levon Aronian (Armenia)Photo by Lennart Ootes With the World Champion Magnus Carlsen dropping out of the Grand Chess Tour to prepare for the World Championship in November and Vladimir Kramnik dropping out for what is presumed to be health issues, the Sinquefield Cup will be missing two legendary attractions, but will still […]

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Hikaru Nakamura recently won the 2016 Gibraltar International after defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a playoff match. Both ended on 8/9 after a thrilling finale featuring wins by both players. If there were a Chess Oscar being awarded for 2015, Hikaru Nakamura would be on the short list of candidates… very short list. He played consistent […]

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The Chess Drum caught up with WGM Jennifer Shahade during the 2015 Sinquefield Cup in a very short interview. While she has played in a number of U.S. Championships (winning two women’s titles), she primarily is known as a chess promoter and commentator. She is a fixture on commentary teams for tournaments held at the […]

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The 2015 Sinquefield Cup was held was great fanfare from August 22nd until September 3rd. The excitement built from a gradual crescendo when ten of the top players from around the world set upon St. Louis, Missouri to compete one of the strongest round robins in history. The Chess Drum would be “in the building”. […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #9 – Tuesday, 1 September 2015 1 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Anand, V IND ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Grischuk, A RUS 5 Caruana, F USA ½-½ So, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #8 – Monday, 31 August 2015 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Anand, V IND 2 Carlsen, M NOR ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 3 Grischuk, A RUS ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 Giri, A NED ½-½ Caruana, F USA 5 So, W USA ½-½ Topalov, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #7 – Sunday, 30 August 2015 1 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 Aronian, L ARM 2 Carlsen, M NOR 0-1 Grischuk, A RUS 3 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 5 Anand, V IND ½-½ So, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #6 – Saturday, 29 August 2015 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 3 Giri, A NED ½-½ Anand, V IND 4 So, W USA 0-1 Nakamura, H USA 5 Grischuk, A RUS 1-0 Caruana, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #5 – Thursday, 27 August 2015 1 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Caruana, F USA 2 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Grischuk, A RUS 3 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Carlsen, M NOR 1-0 So, W USA 5 Anand, V IND ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #4 – Wednesday, 26 August 2015 1 Grischuk, A RUS ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 2 Giri, A NED ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 3 So, W USA 0-1 Aronian, L ARM 4 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 5 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Anand, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #3 – Tuesday, 25 August 2015 1 Anand, V IND ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 2 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Giri, A NED 3 Carlsen, M NOR 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 So, W USA 1-0 Grischuk, A RUS 5 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Caruana, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #2 – Monday, 24 August 2015 1 Topalov, V BUL 1-0 Nakamura, H USA 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 3 Giri, A NED ½-½ So, W USA 4 Caruana, F USA 0-1 Carlsen, M NOR 5 Grischuk, A RUS 1-0 Anand, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #1 – Sunday, 23 August 2015 1 Carlsen, M NOR 0-1 Topalov, V BUL 2 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Anand, V IND 3 Aronian, L ARM 1-0 Caruana, F USA 4 Giri, A NED 1-0 Grischuk, A RUS 5 So, W USA 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave, […]

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It will be steaming hot in St. Louis over the next couple of weeks. Actually the weather is quite pleasant, but the world best chess players will set the boards ablaze in one of the strongest tournaments on American soil. The third Sinquefield Cup will commence on August 23rd with the Opening Ceremonies and drawing […]

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Like everyone else I waited in great anticipation for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup… since the first one ended! The excitement was so high in last year’s successful inaugural event that fans were in awe of the names being bandied about. The field this year could not have been much better and it was a collective […]

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After his scintillating performance in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, fans the world over marveled at Fabiano Caruana’s resourceful play, cool demeanor and humility. During his run of seven consecutive wins, there was a furor created that he was quickly gaining on Magnus Carlsen in terms of ELO rating and that he would be the next […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #10 – Saturday, 6 September 2014 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Caruana, F ITA 2 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 3 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA Official Site Caruana wins 2014 Sinquefield Cup! Fabiano Caruana, 2014 Sinquefield Cup champion! For […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #9 – Friday, 5 September 2014 1 Caruana, F ITA ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 2 Carlsen, M NOR ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Topalov, V BUL Official Site All three games drawn for the first time! Round nine… hard to […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #8 – Thursday, 4 September 2014 1 Caruana, F ITA ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 3 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 Topalov, V BUL Official Site Carlsen breaks streak… holds Caruana to a draw. Caruana leaving the playing […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #7 – Wednesday, 3 September 2014 1 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 0-1 Caruana, F ITA 2 Carlsen, M NOR 1-0 Nakamura, H USA 3 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Aronian, L ARM Official Site Carlsen surging… dispatches Nakamura.Caruana continues immortal streak! Twitter is a chess player’s […]

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