Sinquefield 08

Sinquefield 08: Streak stopped, Event clinched.
Caruana’s streak has been stopped by Carlsen, though barely. The Norwegian was lucky to survive the position against the tournament leader…. well, the tournament winner now that mathematically it is impossible for anyone to catch up to him despite there being two more rounds! Aronian forgave MVL’s mistakes while Topalov was ruthless in a Berlin endgame against the local legend.

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Last update: 04 September 2014, 23:02 GMT

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[Event “2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2014.09.04”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B36”]
[WhiteElo “2801”]
[BlackElo “2877”]
[Annotator “Robot 3”]
[PlyCount “83”]
[EventDate “2014.??.??”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[TimeControl “40/5400+30:1800+30”]

1. e4 {3} c5 {5} 2. Nf3 {7} Nc6 {5} 3. d4 {26} cxd4 {5} 4. Nxd4 {4} g6 {6} 5.
c4 {63} Nf6 {13} 6. Nc3 {11} d6 {10} 7. f3 {492} Nxd4 {142} 8. Qxd4 {6} Bg7 {3}
9. Be3 {11} O-O {17} 10. Qd2 {4} a5 {487} 11. b3 {176} a4 {794} 12. b4 {61} Be6
{48} 13. Rc1 {90} Nd7 {561} 14. Be2 {246} Nb6 {306} 15. Nb5 {692} a3 {445} 16.
Nd4 {264} Bd7 {6} 17. h4 {110} h5 {121} 18. g4 {577} hxg4 {156} 19. fxg4 {18}
e5 {421} 20. Nb3 {177} Bc6 {335} 21. Bf3 {818} f5 {148} 22. gxf5 {74} gxf5 {5}
23. Na5 {359} f4 {349} 24. Bf2 {84} Na4 {7} 25. Nxc6 {335} bxc6 {1} 26. O-O {
119} c5 {160} 27. b5 {232} Bf6 {52} 28. Kh1 {350} Nb6 {199} 29. Rcd1 {123} Kh8
{170} 30. Qxd6 {133} Qxd6 {36} 31. Rxd6 {4} Nxc4 {16} 32. Rd5 {113} Ne3 {203}
33. Bxe3 {5} fxe3 {6} 34. Be2 {212} Bxh4 {95} 35. Rf5 {96} Rxf5 {102} 36. exf5
{4} Rd8 {47} 37. Rxd8+ {96} Bxd8 {1} 38. Kg2 {13} Kg7 {12} 39. Kf3 {7} Kf6 {8}
40. Ke4 {0} c4 {0} 41. Bxc4 {42} Bb6 {41} 42. Bd3 {101} 1/2-1/2
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He has finally been stopped, but he has clinched the tournament two rounds before its finish. Mathematically Fabiano Caruana can be called the winner of the Sinquefield Cup, 2014.

Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 Topalov, Veselin
If one game was thought to be a Berlin Defense, it would probably have been the Caruana-Carlsen game, but since it was Nakamura-Topalov a sharp game could be expected even with this opening, and a sharp game we got.

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[Event “2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2014.09.05”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Topalov, Veselin”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C67”]
[WhiteElo “2787”]
[BlackElo “2772”]
[Annotator “Robot 3”]
[PlyCount “114”]
[EventDate “2014.??.??”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[TimeControl “40/5400+30:1800+30”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 Ne7 11. Ne4 Ng6 12. Re1 h6 13. Kh2 c5 14. c4
Be6 15. b3 b6 16. g4 h5 17. Kg3 Rd8 18. Neg5 Bc8 19. Bb2 Be7 20. Rad1 Rxd1 21.
Rxd1 hxg4 22. hxg4 f6 23. exf6 gxf6 24. Re1 Kf8 25. Ne4 Kf7 26. Bc1 Rg8 27. Rh1
Bb7 28. Re1 Re8 29. Nfd2 Ne5 30. Bb2 Nd3 31. Rb1 Rg8 32. Kf3 Nxb2 33. Rxb2 Bc8
34. g5 f5 35. Nf6 Rxg5 36. Nd5 Bb7 37. Rb1 Rg4 38. Rh1 Bd6 39. Ke2 Rd4 40. Rh7+
Kg6 41. Rd7 Bxd5 42. cxd5 Rxd5 43. Nc4 b5 44. Nxd6 cxd6 45. Rxa7 b4 46. a4 bxa3
47. Rxa3 Re5+ 48. Kd3 Kg5 49. Ra6 Re1 50. Kd2 Re6 51. Rb6 Kg4 52. b4 cxb4 53.
Rxb4+ Kf3 54. Kd1 f4 55. Rd4 Re4 56. Rd2 d5 57. Ra2 Kg2 0-1

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Nakamura has had some trouble calculating this tournament, it is unclear why

Nakamura’s handling of the position was simply not very good. His dubious knight maneuver to g5 left him underdeveloped and exposed to Black’s bishops, and Topalov played basically perfectly. Strokes against White’s pawns combined with Black’s piece activity proved too much for the American who succumbed in a lost rook endgame

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Nakamura resigns in another disappointing game

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
MVL can count his lucky stars! Asked earlier in the tournament, when he lost his round yesterday, what his goals were, it was basically “I don’t want to collapse”. He almost did as he was completely destroyed against Aronian, but the Armenian managed not to convert.

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MVL walking with his coach/second, legend Alexander Belivaksy

Maurice Ashley asked Aronian about the significance of Caruana’s historic performance… the answer: “well, it will take the focus away from my bad play!”. Aronian is always in a good mood, somehow, but he cannot be happy with letting MVL off the hook so easily in this game.

Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus
If there was ever a chance to go 8-0, it was this one. Caruana had Carlsen against the ropes, but he was not strong enough to convert; the time trouble factors and the tiredness from playing such a demanding tournament surely factored in. Full analysis below.

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We guess 7.5/8 is not bad

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Carlsen claimed not to be the underdog, but against a guy that has an incalculably good rating performance after seven games and with the White pieces, maybe he wasn’t being totally objective.

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Norwegian TV2 is here! They have two reporters on sight covering everything Carlsen does!

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Alisa Melekhina is visiting the tournament, here she is engaged in a conversation with organizer Tony Rich

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A few spectators following the event at the club. Can you name the 2600+ ones?