Sinquefield Cup 2019: All draws in round two

Sinquefield 2:Sinquefield Cup 2019: All draws in round two

7th Sinquefield Cup 2019 INFO LIVE (Games and Results)

Round 2 results and standings

Grand Chess Tour

Magnus Carlsen’s visit to the confession booth SinquefieldCup



Carlsen: “The general rule for opening play is if you are 1 move from castling, you are pretty much always fun. If you are 3 moves away from castling ,you are almost never fun. If you are two moves from castling, it could go either way. Now I am 2 moves from castling. Let’s see”

Grand Chess Tour

Which emojis define Hikaru’s facial expressions? SinquefieldCup

[Event “7th Sinquefield Cup GCT 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.08.18”]
[Round “2.1”]
[White “Anand, Viswanathan”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B31”]
[WhiteElo “2756”]
[BlackElo “2882”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “89”]
[EventDate “2019.08.17”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4.
Bxc6 bxc6 5. d4 Bg7 6. dxc5 {B31: Sicilian: 2…Nc6 3 Bb5 g6} Qa5+ 7. Nbd2 Qxc5
(7… Ba6 8. a3 Qxc5 9. c4 Nh6 10. b4 Qh5 11. Rb1 f5 12. exf5 O-O 13. fxg6 Qxg6
{1-0 (43) So,W (2765)-Maze,S (2596) Caleta 2019}) 8. O-O d6 9. Re1 f6 10. a3
$146 ({Predecessor:} 10. c4 Nh6 11. Qa4 Ng4 12. Re2 Bd7 13. h3 {1/2-1/2 (21)
Antal,G (2546)-Markos,J (2568) Slovakia 2019}) 10… Nh6 11. b4 Qh5 12. c4 O-O
13. Qa4 Bd7 14. Nf1 Nf7 15. Ng3 Qg4 16. c5 e5 17. cxd6 {The position is equal.}
c5 18. Qb3 cxb4 19. axb4 Qe6 20. Qxe6 Bxe6 21. Be3 a6 22. Rec1 Rfd8 23. Nd2 Bf8
24. Nc4 Rac8 25. Bc5 Bxc4 26. Rxc4 Nxd6 27. Rcc1 $1 Rc6 28. f3 Nb5 29. Bxf8
Rxc1+ 30. Rxc1 {[#] aiming for Be7.} Kxf8 $11 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRN-KRN} 31.
Nf1 Nd4 {And now …Ne2+ would win.} 32. Rc4 Ke7 33. Ne3 Kd6 34. Rc5 Nc6 35.
Rd5+ Ke7 36. b5 axb5 37. Rxb5 Rb8 38. Rxb8 Nxb8 {KN-KN} 39. Kf2 Ke6 40. g3 Nd7
41. Nc4 Nc5 42. Ke3 Nd7 43. Kf2 Nc5 44. Ke3 Nd7 45. Kf2 {Accuracy: White = 87%,
Black = 76%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “7th Sinquefield Cup GCT 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.08.18”]
[Round “2.2”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B90”]
[WhiteElo “2818”]
[BlackElo “2774”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “70”]
[EventDate “2019.08.17”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nb3
Be7 {B90: Sicilian Najdorf: Unusual White 6th moves, 6 Be3 Ng4 and 6 Be3 e5} (
7… Be6 8. f4 exf4 9. Bxf4 Nc6 10. Qe2 Be7 11. O-O-O Qc7 12. g4 O-O 13. g5 Nd7
14. Qe3 Rac8 15. Kb1 {1-0 (60) Van Foreest,J (2612)-Nepomniachtchi,I (2763)
Wijk aan Zee 2019}) 8. g4 b5 9. g5 Nfd7 {White is slightly better.} 10. h4 $146
(10. Be3 $14) ({Predecessor:} 10. Nd5 O-O 11. h4 Nb6 12. f4 exf4 13. Bxf4 Nc6
14. Bg2 Ne5 15. Nd4 Nxd5 16. exd5 {0-1 (40) Karthikeyan,M (2513)-Donchenko,A
(2583) Biel 2016}) 10… Nb6 11. Be3 Be6 12. Bxb6 Qxb6 13. Qf3 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5
$1 15. exd5 Nd7 16. O-O-O a5 {[%cal Ba6a5,Ba5a4][%mdl 32]} 17. Kb1 a4 18. Nd2
Nc5 19. Bd3 b3 20. cxb3 axb3 21. a3 Ra4 22. Ne4 Nxe4 23. Bxe4 O-O 24. Rhg1 Qa7
25. h5 g6 26. Rd3 Rb8 27. hxg6 hxg6 28. Qg2 $2 {[#]} (28. Rh1 $11 {and White
has nothing to worry.} Bxg5 29. Qg2) 28… Bf8 $2 (28… Rxa3 $1 $19 {[%mdl
512] ( -> …Ra1#)} 29. bxa3 Qxa3) 29. f3 {The position is equal.} Rc4 30. Rh1
Qc7 31. Qh2 {[%csl Gh1][%cal Rh2h8]} Bg7 32. Qe2 Bf8 33. Qh2 {[%csl Gh1][%cal
Rh2h8]} Bg7 34. Qe2 Bf8 35. Qh2 {[%csl Gh1][%cal Rh2h8]} Bg7 {Accuracy: White
= 50%, Black = 72%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “7th Sinquefield Cup GCT 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.08.18”]
[Round “2.3”]
[White “Karjakin, Sergey”]
[Black “Ding, Liren”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C89”]
[WhiteElo “2750”]
[BlackElo “2805”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “70”]
[EventDate “2019.08.17”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 e5 2.
Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5
Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Qh4 {C89: Closed
Ruy Lopez: Marshall Attack} 15. g3 Qh3 16. Be3 Bxd3 {White is slightly better.}
17. Nd2 Qf5 18. Bd4 Rfd8 19. a4 h6 20. h4 Rac8 21. axb5 axb5 22. Bxd5 cxd5 {[#]
} 23. Ra5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 23. Qxf5 Bxf5 {1/2-1/2 (37) So,W (2799)-Ding,L
(2769) Berlin 2018}) 23… Qxf3 24. Nxf3 Re8 25. b4 f6 26. Ra6 Bf8 27. Ra7 (27.
Rea1 {seems wilder.} Bh7 28. Ne1 Rc4 29. Rd1 Rcc8 30. Ng2) 27… Ra8 28. Rxe8
Rxe8 29. h5 Be2 30. Kg2 Bd6 31. Rd7 Re6 32. Bc5 Be5 (32… Bxc5 $11 {keeps the
balance.} 33. bxc5 Bxf3+ 34. Kxf3 Re4) 33. Bd4 ({Don’t play} 33. Rxd5 Bxc3 34.
Nd4 Bxd4 $11) ({Of course not} 33. Nxe5 Rxe5 34. Rd8+ Kh7 $11) 33… Bd6 34.
Bc5 Be5 35. Bd4 Bd6 {Accuracy: White = 55%, Black = 70%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “7th Sinquefield Cup GCT 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.08.18”]
[Round “2.4”]
[White “Giri, Anish”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C50”]
[WhiteElo “2779”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “105”]
[EventDate “2019.08.17”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. c3 a6 7. a4 O-O 8. Nbd2 {C54:
Giuoco Piano: 4 c3 Nf6, main lines with 5 d4 and 5 d3} Ba7 9. h3 h6 10. Re1 {
The position is equal.} Re8 11. b4 Be6 12. Bxe6 Rxe6 13. Qc2 Qd7 14. Nf1 d5 15.
Be3 {[#]} d4 $146 ({Predecessor:} 15… Bxe3 16. Nxe3 {1-0 (41) Anand,V (2786)
-So,W (2812) Leuven 2017}) 16. cxd4 Nxd4 17. Bxd4 Bxd4 18. Nxd4 Qxd4 19. Qxc7
Qxd3 20. Qxb7 Qd8 21. Red1 Qb8 22. Qxb8+ Rxb8 23. f3 Rxb4 24. Ne3 g6 25. a5 Rb5
26. Rdb1 Rc5 27. Rb6 Kf8 28. Ra2 h5 29. h4 Nd7 30. Rb7 Rc1+ 31. Kh2 Nc5 32.
Rb8+ Re8 33. Rb6 Re6 34. Nd5 Rxb6 35. axb6 $14 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRN-KRN}
Rb1 36. Ra5 Nd7 (36… Rb5 $142 37. Rxb5 axb5) 37. Rxa6 $16 Rb2 38. Kg1 Kg7 39.
Kh2 Kf8 $1 40. Kg3 Kg7 41. Kh3 Kf8 42. g4 hxg4+ 43. fxg4 Nc5 ({Better is} 43…
Kg8 $14) 44. Ra8+ $18 Kg7 {[#]} 45. g5 $1 {Threatening mate with Nf6.} Nxe4 46.
Rd8 Kh7 {[#]} 47. Rb8 (47. Rf8 $1 $16 {[%cal Rf8f7]} Kg7 48. Rb8) 47… Rb5 $2
(47… Kg7 $14 48. b7 Kh7 49. Nf6+ Nxf6 50. gxf6 Rb6) 48. b7 $2 (48. Nf6+ $18
Nxf6 49. gxf6) 48… Rb2 $1 $14 49. Ne7 {Strongly threatening Rf8.} (49. Ne3 $5
{[%cal Re3g4]} Nf2+ 50. Kg2 Ng4+ 51. Kf3 $14) 49… Nd6 50. Ng8 {Intending
Nf6+ and mate.} Ne4 $1 51. Ne7 {Threatens to win with Rf8.} Nd6 52. Nd5 (52.
Nc6 $11) 52… Ne4 $1 53. Ne7 {Accuracy: White = 62%, Black = 63%.} (53. Ne3 $1
$14 Rb3 54. Kg2) 1/2-1/2

[Event “7th Sinquefield Cup GCT 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.08.18”]
[Round “2.5”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “So, Wesley”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C54”]
[WhiteElo “2778”]
[BlackElo “2776”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “85”]
[EventDate “2019.08.17”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O-O a6 7. a4 {
C54: Giuoco Piano: 4 c3 Nf6, main lines with 5 d4 and 5 d3} Ba7 $146 (7… h6
8. Nbd2 O-O 9. Re1 Re8 10. Nf1 Ba7 11. Ng3 Be6 12. Bxe6 Rxe6 13. b4 d5 14. Qb3
Qd7 15. h3 Rd8 {0-1 (76) Yu,Y (2751)-Harikrishna,P (2723) Shenzhen 2019}) 8.
Re1 O-O 9. h3 {White has an edge.} Kh8 10. d4 Ng8 11. b4 exd4 12. cxd4 Nxb4 13.
Nc3 a5 14. Bf4 f6 15. Qb3 Ne7 16. Rad1 c6 17. Bc1 d5 18. exd5 Bf5 19. dxc6 Bc2
20. cxb7 Rb8 21. Qa3 Bxd1 22. Rxd1 Nf5 23. Nb5 Nd6 $36 {[%mdl 2048] Black has
good play.} 24. Bf1 Nxb5 25. axb5 Rxb7 26. Bd2 Nc2 27. Qa4 Nxd4 28. Nxd4 Qxd4
29. Qxd4 Bxd4 30. Bxa5 Bb6 31. Bxb6 Rxb6 $15 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRR-KRB} 32.
g3 g6 33. Rd7 Rfb8 34. Bc4 R8b7 (34… R6b7 $15 35. Rxb7 Rxb7) 35. Rd8+ $1 $11
Kg7 36. Bd5 $1 {The position is equal.} Rxb5 {[#] And now …Rc7 would win.} (
36… Re7 {with more complications.} 37. Rg8+ Kh6 38. Bc6 Kg5 39. f4+ Kf5) 37.
Bxb7 Rxb7 {KR-KR} 38. Kg2 h5 39. h4 $1 Ra7 40. Rc8 Rb7 41. Rd8 Ra7 42. Rc8 Rb7
43. Rd8 {Accuracy: White = 59%, Black = 63%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “7th Sinquefield Cup GCT 2019”]
[Site “Saint Louis”]
[Date “2019.08.18”]
[Round “2.6”]
[White “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2764”]
[BlackElo “2743”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “88”]
[EventDate “2019.08.17”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4
O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5 10. O-O-O {[%cal Rc4d5]} Be7 {
D37: Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4} 11. Rg1 (11. Kb1 a6 12. g4 dxc4 13. Bxc4
b5 14. g5 bxc4 15. gxf6 Bxf6 16. Ne4 Be7 17. Rhg1 Rd8 18. Rxd8+ Nxd8 19. Qxc4 {
1/2-1/2 (27) Karjakin,S (2773)-Nakamura,H (2777) Saint Louis 2018}) 11… a6
12. g4 dxc4 13. Bxc4 b5 {[%cal Bb7b5,Bb5b4][%mdl 32]} 14. g5 Nh5 $1 {[%cal
Rh5f4]} 15. Bd3 b4 $146 ({Predecessor:} 15… Nxf4 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Be4 Ng6
18. Bxc6 Rb8 19. Rd4 Kg8 20. Be4 b4 {1/2-1/2 (20) Hansen,M (2368)-Hoffmann,F
(2332) ICCF email 2010}) 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Be4 bxc3 18. Bxc6 cxb2+ 19. Kb1 Qxa3
{[%csl Gb2][%cal Ra3a1] [#]} 20. Qxb2 Qxb2+ 21. Kxb2 Ra7 $1 22. Bd6 Bxd6 23.
Rxd6 Bb7 24. Ne5 Bxc6 25. Rxc6 Rb8+ 26. Kc2 a5 27. Rb1 Rd8 28. Rbb6 Kh7 29. f4
Rda8 30. Kb3 a4+ 31. Ka3 f6 32. Nf3 Rd7 {Hoping for …Rd3+.The position is
equal.} 33. Rd6 Rxd6 34. Rxd6 Rc8 {And now …Rc3+ would win.} 35. gxf6 gxf6 {
…Rc3+ is the strong threat.} 36. Rxe6 Nxf4 37. exf4 {[#] Threatens to win
with Nd4.} Rc3+ 38. Kxa4 {aiming for Nd2.} Rxf3 39. Rxf6 $11 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KR-KR} Kg7 40. Rb6 (40. Rf5 {is interesting.} Kg6 41. Rg5+ Kh6 42. Kb5
Rxf4 43. Rg2) 40… Rxf4+ 41. Rb4 Rxb4+ 42. Kxb4 Kg6 43. h3 Kh5 44. h4 Kxh4 {
Accuracy: White = 61%, Black = 88%.} 1/2-1/2