Archive for the 'Sinquefield Cup' Category

Ding Liren after winning 2019 Sinquefield Cup Photo by Lennart Ootes The chess world is still buzzing about Ding Liren’s win of the 2019 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. He had to overcome World Champion Magnus Carlsen who has looked unbeatable all year long. This is a landmark win for many reasons. Firstly, it shows […]

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Graphics courtesy of Spectrum Studios In a first result of its kind, the 2018 Sinquefield Cup ends in a tie… a three-way tie at that. Fabiano Caruana had led the tournament for several rounds, but was caught at the finish line by Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen who both won their games in thrilling fashion. […]

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With the Chess Olympiad and the World Championship coming up this fall, the Sinquefield Cup will round out the summer’s last Grand Tour event before the London Chess Classic in December. The London event will follow the Championship which is also held in London and will feature two of the GCT participants, World Champion Magnus […]

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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 St. Louis […]

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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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