Grand Chess Tour 2018 – Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis.

The Grand Chess Tour 2018 comprising total 4 chess tournaments just finished its 3 rd event at Saint Louis. GM Viswanathan Anand managed to get a decent performance at the classical chess event recovering from shaky presentation at the rapid and blitz events. Anand was unbeaten in all 9 rounds but he couldn’t manage a victory either as all his rounds resulted in draw.

The 9th round (last round) was enormously dramatic as at first Armenian GM Levon Aronian displayed a magical performance with a dubious yet winning rook sacrifice and secondly Norwegian World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen proved his mettle by grinding GM Hikaru Nakamura for almost 100 moves to win a capablanca style end game.

It was these two games in the last round that turned the tournament standings on its head. American GM Fabiano Caruana who drew quickly in the last round to put himself in the position where he shares the first place if Magnus, Aronian or Mamedyarov win. A draw in those 3 games would make Caruana a clear winner of Sinquefield Cup. Unfortunately for Caruana Magnus and Aronian managed a superb performance to make it a tie for the first place and the winner will be decided by knock out rounds of rapid and blitz chess games.

Results of the 9th Round
Wesley So (4) Drew Caruana (5.5)
Carlsen (5.5) Beat Nakamura (3)
Aronian (5.5) Beat Grischuk (4.5)
Anand (4.5) Drew Mamedyarov (5)
Karjakin (3) Drew Vachier-Lagrave (4.5)
Standing at Sinquefield Cup
1: Fabiano Caruana 5.5
1: Lavon Aronian 5.5
1: Magnus Carlsen 5.5
Declared as joint champions of the Sinquefield Cup
2: S.Mamedyarov 5
3: Alex Grischuk 4.5
3: Vishy Anand 4.5
3: M. Vachier-Lagrave 4.5
4: Wesley So 4
5: Hikaru Nakamura 3
5: Sergey Karjakin 3
The final event of the grand chess tour 2018 will be played in December at London where players will again lock horns to win the massive $1.05 million prize fund event. After first 3 events of the GCT 2018 here are the standings:

1. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) – 34.5 Grand Chess Tour Points
2. Levon Aronian (Armenia) – 34
3. M. Vachier Lagrav (France) – 31
4. Fabiano Caruana (USA) – 26
5. Wesley So (USA) – 26
6. Sergey Karjakin (Russia) – 25.5
7. S. Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) – 25
8. Alex Grischuk (Russia) – 18
9. Viswanathan Anand (India) – 15

 

 

 

Amar Godbole

Team Sportsnasha