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Sinquefield Cup Tournament

Alireza Firouzja6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Hans Moke Niemann4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Fabiano Caruana4.5/8(+2 -1 =5)[games]
Wesley So4.5/8(+2 -1 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4/8(+0 -0 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov3/8(+0 -2 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3/8(+0 -2 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen1.5/3(+1 -1 =1)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Sinquefield Cup (2022)

Name: Sinquefield Cup Event Date: September 02 - 11, 2022 Site: Saint Louis, MO USA Format: 10 Player Round Robin Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then an additional 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one.

Official Website: https://grandchesstour.org/2022-gra...
Ranking: https://grandchesstour.org/2022-gra...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dominguez Perez vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½722022Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Mamedyarov vs So ½-½652022Sinquefield CupD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Niemann vs Aronian ½-½502022Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
4. Firouzja vs Caruana ½-½342022Sinquefield CupA35 English, Symmetrical
5. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0432022Sinquefield CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Nepomniachtchi vs Firouzja 1-0502022Sinquefield CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Niemann vs Mamedyarov 1-0492022Sinquefield CupA28 English
8. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½362022Sinquefield CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. Vachier-Lagrave vs So ½-½432022Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Caruana vs Dominguez Perez ½-½462022Sinquefield CupC42 Petrov Defense
11. Dominguez Perez vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½422022Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Mamedyarov vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½362022Sinquefield CupD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Firouzja vs Aronian 1-0382022Sinquefield CupC50 Giuoco Piano
14. So vs Caruana 1-0672022Sinquefield CupC42 Petrov Defense
15. Carlsen vs Niemann 0-1572022Sinquefield CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
16. Caruana vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0922022Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Aronian vs Dominguez Perez ½-½352022Sinquefield CupB50 Sicilian
18. Niemann vs Firouzja ½-½432022Sinquefield CupC53 Giuoco Piano
19. Nepomniachtchi vs So ½-½252022Sinquefield CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½332022Sinquefield CupC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
21. Mamedyarov vs Caruana  ½-½432022Sinquefield CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
22. Dominguez Perez vs Niemann ½-½472022Sinquefield CupC50 Giuoco Piano
23. So vs Aronian ½-½432022Sinquefield CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0492022Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Nepomniachtchi vs Caruana  ½-½532022Sinquefield CupB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
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Sep-20-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  theagenbiteofinwit: < So the evidence that Niemann has cheated at OTB chess is somewhere between <diddly> and <squat>.>

Your whole burden of proof meme means nothing in the court of public opinion, lawyer pants. :)

Sep-20-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Ken Regan on Hans Niemann: https://en.chessbase.com/post/is-ha...
Sep-20-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <theagenbiteofinwit: < So the evidence that Niemann has cheated at OTB chess is somewhere between <diddly> and <squat>.>

Your whole burden of proof meme means nothing in the court of public opinion, lawyer pants. :) >

Evidently not.

Sep-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <perfidious: <Geoff>, never knew that line was so strong, even as often as I used it during my playing days.> The line is still playable at my level. But, clearly, at the highest echelons of chess, they know the gig is up.
Sep-21-22  Chessius the Messius: Everybody gangsta until Hans beat the champ.
Sep-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Back in the day, why didn't everyone wet their pants when Bobby Fischer or Anatoly Karpov lost a game to an inferior player? Can't performance anomalies occur without dark forces being at work?
Sep-21-22  Chessius the Messius: Karpov once lost an 1. e4 a6 game. Which was way more wet as a game.
Sep-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: ... and his opponent played the entire game on a massage table!
Sep-21-22  Chessius the Messius: Yeah, people were protesting against that too ;)
Sep-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <HMM: Back in the day, why didn't everyone wet their pants when Bobby Fischer or Anatoly Karpov lost a game to an inferior player? Can't performance anomalies occur without dark forces being at work?>

Have a go at the kibitzes of Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970. Even in the 1970s, much was written of that shock defeat.

Sep-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I still think that after 2.c4 Black has chances to resist. But I'm no Carlsen.
Sep-22-22  Ron: I remember when Kramnik was accused of cheating during his match with Topalov. Baseless, of course. That one of the top grandmaster’s move matches a computer’s 70 percent of the time is not unusual at all, it’s quite normal.
Sep-22-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> Tal lost two of his three games against Uusi, who was obviously a cheater - but only against Tal. Tal vs G Uusi, 1956 ; G Uusi vs Tal, 1972 ; G Uusi vs Tal, 1981 (Tal's one victory).
Sep-23-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR>, one must pick one's spots, after all.
Sep-23-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Tell that to a leopard
Sep-23-22  jphamlore: <FSR: I still think that after 2.c4 Black has chances to resist. But I'm no Carlsen.>

I think if Carlsen had played a couple more moves, he could have forced the draw as in:

Eljanov vs So, 2013

Sep-23-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <jphamlore> Good point.
Sep-27-22  The Rocket: Regardless of whether he cheated or not, why is a dude invited who has admitted to doing it in the past??
Sep-27-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Invited to what? Admitted to what? Communicate clearly.
Sep-27-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Back by popular demand:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZnG1...

Sep-28-22  Petrosianic: <I remember when Kramnik was accused of cheating during his match with Topalov. Baseless, of course. That one of the top grandmaster’s move matches a computer’s 70 percent of the time is not unusual at all, it’s quite normal.>

Not totally baseless, but mostly. Topalov at least gave SOME reasons.

For example, he thought it was suspicious that there was wiring in the walls of the building (I know Elista is backwards, but really!). That meant that if Kramnik had had a computer to plug into it he might have access the internet through that wiring. Of course you still have to <have> a computer to do that, and if you do, why not just run a program off that and forget the internet? It made little sense, but that photo of the wall panel open with wiring inside was posted over and over, as if it were the most damning evidence since the blue dress.

As for the games, Topalov blew an easy draw in Game 1, and Kramnik missed an easy (for a computer) win in Game 3. Nothing to see there. Topalov's big stink was about Game 2, in which Kramnik kept grabbing pawns. His claim was that this was obviously dangerous, but that a computer wouldn't be able to see far enough ahead, to know that.

That might make some sense in the case of someone like Eugene Varshavsky who was a total patzer forced to blindly follow whatever move the computer gave him. But a Grandmaster who was cheating would be perfectly aware of the risk he was taking (Heck, I was aware while watching the game) and either decide to take the risk, or, if it was that bad, overrule his computer and try something else. Although the risk of taking the pawns was decided, there weren't a whole lot of options in that position There certainly wasn't enough there to base a protest on, which is precisely why Topalov broke the rules and took his protest public, resulting in the only time in living memory that Karpov and Korchnoi agreed with each other.

But all that is a lot more than Carlen's Nothing Argument.

Sep-28-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: The allegations that Topalov cheated with the assistance of his coach/mentor/Svengali, Silvio Danailov, seem far more relevant than Toiletgate.

Were legal threats being thrown about at the time?

Sep-28-22  Petrosianic: Legal threats against whom? The internet?
Sep-30-22  The Rocket: <Not totally baseless, but mostly. Topalov at least gave SOME reasons>

I remember Short winning against Kramnik in a big tournament (Maybe the London one) where from a losing position Kramnik played only moves all the way until Short faulted and the game concluded in a draw.

It's the exact same thing. Kramnik makes errors, then he's losing and it's best moves for a long succession.

So Topalov can sleep well at night knowing that Kramnik did not indeed cheat, he just goes into engine mode defensively. He was a WC for a reason.

Oct-01-22  ZoboBear 000000001: RE: <chess.com>

<chess.com> seems to be promising some big reveal in the near future - hidden inside some reddit thread kicked off by a comment where the CEO exhibits a scornful and sarcastic disrespect of the public(*):

<What is coming is a full, honest, raw conversation with a complete timeline and investigation of what the inputs and outputs are.>

https://i.redd.it/dut2vhw3esq91.png

https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comm...

(I hate the reddit links where the text is embedded in graphics and not copy-able)

(*) A clear violation of guideline #9!

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