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Sinquefield Cup Tournament

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Wesley So5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Richard Rapport4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Jeffery Xiong4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Sam Shankland4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Dariusz Swiercz2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Sinquefield Cup (2021)

The 8th Sinquefield Cup was the fifth and last event of the $1,275,000 Grand Chess Tour 2021. It took place in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, 17-26 August. Five tour regulars, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, So, Rapport and Mamedyarov were joined by wild cards Dominguez, Xiong, Svidler, Shankland and Swiercz. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Chief organizer: Tony Rich. Chief arbiter: Christopher Bird. Number of games played: 45.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won with 6/9 and earned 13 Grand Chess Tour points (GP):

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 GP 1 Vachier-Lagrave 2751 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6 13 =2 Dominguez 2758 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ -- =2 Caruana 2806 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 5½ 8.3 =2 So 2772 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½ 8.3 5 Rapport 2763 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 4½ 6 =6 Xiong 2710 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 4 -- =6 Mamedyarov 2782 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 4 4 =6 Shankland 2709 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ 4 -- 9 Svidler 2714 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 3½ -- 10 Swiercz 2655 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * 2½ --

Final GCT standings (the top four participated in four of the five events):

1. Wesley So 36.6 points
2. Vachier-Lagrave 35 points
3. Mamedyarov 26.5 points
4. Caruana 24.8 points

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Svidler 1-0312021Sinquefield CupE61 King's Indian
2. So vs Mamedyarov ½-½502021Sinquefield CupC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Swiercz vs Dominguez Perez 0-1582021Sinquefield CupC42 Petrov Defense
4. Xiong vs Rapport  ½-½572021Sinquefield CupE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Caruana vs Shankland 1-0382021Sinquefield CupA48 King's Indian
6. Dominguez Perez vs Caruana  ½-½512021Sinquefield CupC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Shankland vs Xiong ½-½632021Sinquefield CupB32 Sicilian
8. Swiercz vs So 0-1452021Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Rapport vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½362021Sinquefield CupA04 Reti Opening
10. Svidler vs Mamedyarov ½-½462021Sinquefield CupC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Xiong vs Dominguez Perez ½-½342021Sinquefield CupC47 Four Knights
12. Caruana vs Swiercz 1-0472021Sinquefield CupB30 Sicilian
13. Vachier-Lagrave vs Shankland 1-0472021Sinquefield CupC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Mamedyarov vs Rapport 1-0542021Sinquefield CupD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
15. So vs Svidler 1-0282021Sinquefield CupA37 English, Symmetrical
16. Swiercz vs Xiong 1-0542021Sinquefield CupB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Caruana vs So ½-½532021Sinquefield CupA33 English, Symmetrical
18. Rapport vs Svidler 1-0382021Sinquefield CupA06 Reti Opening
19. Shankland vs Mamedyarov 1-0432021Sinquefield CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Dominguez Perez vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0332021Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. So vs Rapport ½-½172021Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Xiong vs Caruana 1-0362021Sinquefield CupA08 King's Indian Attack
23. Mamedyarov vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½392021Sinquefield CupD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Svidler vs Shankland  ½-½242021Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Vachier-Lagrave vs Swiercz 1-0472021Sinquefield CupC53 Giuoco Piano
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Aug-25-21  Albertan: Vachier-Lagrave takes the lead:

Aug-25-21  Albertan: Vachier-Lagrave grabs outright lead at Sinquefield Cup:

Aug-25-21  nok: For those who didn't get it,

Vachier-Lagrave grabbed the lead.

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  perfidious: <nok>, it will be appreciated by Far Right Christians that Vachier has assumed the 'soul lead'.
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  Check It Out: Dear <Albertan>, you could make your news links less "spammy" if you simply put all the links pertaining to a story in one post.
Aug-25-21  siggemannen: <Check It Out>, perhaps he's doing some SEO-optimisations
Aug-25-21  posoo: IMG why did nobody TELL me it was


I have very strong emotions about this tornament. St. Louis was da site of some of GREATEST TRIUNFS but also biter disaPOINTment

Gl and blessings to ALL OF YOU IN LFIE

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  0ZeR0: Of the older guard, it has been a delight to see Dominguez doing well. On the other hand Svidler seems to be struggling. But considering the opposition here, I wouldn't say it's any real failure. He's 45 years old and has had an excellent career. Aside from some extraordinary exceptions like Smyslov or Korchnoi, father time catches up eventually, often sooner rather than later.
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  HeMateMe: I think Svidler has won the Russian closed championships six times. That alone guarantees him a place in the sport's history. Even power houses like Karpov and Kasparov stopped playing in the Russian championships after winning the title. They didn't want to butt heads against such stiff competition for low prize money.

Yet, it was Robert Byrne who used to play in Russia when invited. He thought it improved his play, though he didn't win such tournaments..

Aug-26-21  greed and death: This last round should be interesting. MVL needs a draw against Mamedyarov to clinch a share of 1st place, but is only +2 -7 =15 against him all-time. Rapport-Caruana and So-Dominguez could also decide a winner; I think Caruana has a better chance of winning than do So or Dominguez
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  0ZeR0: <HMM>
<I think Svidler has won the Russian closed championships six times. That alone guarantees him a place in the sport's history.>

His biography on this site says he won it an astounding eight times. I definitely agree with you that this fact by itself cements his place in chess history.

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  saffuna: Svidler also has won "Fastest Talking Analyst" ten years in a row.
Aug-27-21  Albertan: MLV still leads,So wins Grand Chess Tour:

Aug-27-21  Albertan: Vachier-Legrave closes in on 2021 Sinquefield Cup title:

Aug-27-21  Albertan: So clinches GCT Championship,chases MLV for Sinqufield Cup:

Aug-27-21  Atking: Congratulations to MVL for his first place at St Louis and to So to have won the GCT!
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  Troller: Nice comeback for MVL after the Romania event. The Xiong game was a treat, even if Xiong did not play very well.
Aug-27-21  Albertan: Sinquefield Cup:MLV wins:

Maxime Vachier Lagrave wins the 2021 Sinquefield Cup:

Aug-27-21  Albertan: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave wins 2021 Sinquefield Cup:

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  0ZeR0: A fine job by MVL to win such a prestigious event against such opposition with a clear first. And of course even more importantly, kudos to So for winning the GCT overall.
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  HeMateMe: Is Wesley So Nation 'butt hurt' when this happens?
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  HeMateMe: I hate it when the last round is all draws. I know guys are protecting the rent money, but still....
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  perfidious: Little different when one is on the sidelines than when one is playing for that sort of money--I know from experience.
Aug-28-21  Albertan: Vachier-Lagrave edges US rivals:

Aug-30-21  Albertan: Sinquefield Cup Highlights:

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