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Sinquefield Cup Tournament

Fabiano Caruana8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Veselin Topalov5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura3/10(+0 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Sinquefield Cup (2014)

The 2nd Sinquefield Cup was a 6-player double round robin taking place in the Saint Louis Chess Club, Missouri USA, 27 August - 6 September 2014. Chief organizer: Tony Rich, who was assisted by Saint Louis Chess Club members. The total prize fund was $315,000, a 46 percent increase from 2013. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second delay from move one. No draw offers were allowed before move 30. Rounds started at 2 pm. Fabiano Caruana won with 8.5/10, a 3103 performance, and 3 points ahead of world champion Carlsen, who barely managed a plus score. This was one of the greatest tournament performances in history, comparable to Karpov's 11-2 score at Linares (1994).

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Caruana 22 2801 ** 1½ 11 11 1½ 1½ 8½ 2 Carlsen 23 2877 0½ ** ½½ ½½ 1½ ½1 5½ 3 Topalov 39 2772 00 ½½ ** 1½ 0½ 11 5 4 Vachier-Lagrave 23 2768 00 ½½ 0½ ** 1½ ½½ 4 5 Aronian 31 2805 0½ 0½ 1½ 0½ ** ½½ 4 6 Nakamura 26 2787 0½ ½0 00 ½½ ½½ ** 3

Category: XXIII (2802). Chief arbiter: Christopher Bird

After the tournament there was a chess960 match won by Nakamura 3½-2½ against Aronian.

Wikipedia article: Sinquefield Cup#2014
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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs Nakamura ½-½402014Sinquefield CupD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Topalov vs Caruana 0-1342014Sinquefield CupA35 English, Symmetrical
3. Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen ½-½382014Sinquefield CupC45 Scotch Game
4. Caruana vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0302014Sinquefield CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. Nakamura vs Carlsen ½-½322014Sinquefield CupC60 Ruy Lopez
6. Aronian vs Topalov 1-0292014Sinquefield CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Topalov vs Nakamura 1-0372014Sinquefield CupC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian 1-0362014Sinquefield CupA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Carlsen vs Caruana 0-1342014Sinquefield CupC24 Bishop's Opening
10. Caruana vs Aronian 1-0502014Sinquefield CupC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nakamura ½-½302014Sinquefield CupC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Carlsen vs Topalov ½-½632014Sinquefield CupE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
13. Nakamura vs Caruana 0-1672014Sinquefield CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Topalov vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0412014Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1702014Sinquefield CupA47 Queen's Indian
16. Caruana vs Topalov 1-0312014Sinquefield CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Nakamura vs Aronian ½-½452014Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Carlsen vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½512014Sinquefield CupB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana 0-1392014Sinquefield CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0522014Sinquefield CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Topalov vs Aronian ½-½402014Sinquefield CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½422014Sinquefield CupB32 Sicilian
23. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½302014Sinquefield CupC41 Philidor Defense
24. Nakamura vs Topalov 0-1572014Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Caruana vs Nakamura ½-½552014Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
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Sep-13-14  SirRuthless: That is beside the point. If we only cared about our own game then why post here at all? Here is a recommendation for you, if you have nothing constructive to add, then keep your comments to yourself, <tzar>.
Sep-13-14  vkk: You wanna make chess more fun?

Make a semi slav themed tournamnet where all the players must play the botvinnik variation

Sep-14-14  RubinSteinitz: <kellmano: <RubinSteinitz: <kellmano: I really don't fancy trawling through these pages looking for the chess960 games. Any kind soul care to let me know if they are on this site anywhere?> Just jump on your hoss and ride over the text to the local search saloon and type (after watering and rubbing down said hoss) chess960 or chess 960 >

<yeah that didn't help. Just brought up your post.>

Sorry. I didn't mean to send you off on a wild hoss chase. But it looks like tbentley has come to your rescue. :)

Sep-14-14  Chessinfinite: <HeMateMe> Thanks for letting us know what the greats have quoted - <"Chess is infinite"--Anatoly Karpov. >. Nice !

Another quote that comes to mind, I think it was by Anand, who said something like -< " If computers have closed some doors in Chess, they have opened many new ones ">.

Sep-21-14  kardopov: Tough field routed by no. 3 FIDE rated, Caruana. Will he be able to duplicate this amazing performance? Only his future tournaments can tell.
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  perfidious: <kardopov> Will anyone?

Thing is, there are posters who are already judging the results of other top players against this exceptional performance and, not at all surprisingly, finding others' results wanting. This is the aberration, not other results.

Sep-22-14  BishopKnight: I'm not sure what that means perfidious. The other exceptional performances were ALSO aberrations. Why not give credit where it is due? This was the best chess showing in a tournament of all time.
Sep-27-14  Albertan: Grandmaster Clash:
Nov-03-14  KingPetrosian: I still can't believe Caruana demolished almost every single top player in less than 40 moves! I know I don't need to say it, but he's next year's World Champion!
Dec-17-14  bubuli55: Caruana did a Koboy :)
Jan-31-15  fokers13: fun to see this tournament AFTER caruana's blunderfest and general disappointment at tata steel.

it appears people wrote MC's claim to the throne off way too quickly.

Mar-10-15  1 2 3 4: <fokers13>: <blunderfest> I think you have mistaken Caruana with Jobava. However, I must agree with the general disappointment.
May-07-15  posoo: lol remember da sinkfeld?!
May-10-15  1d410: epic tournament
Jul-27-15  Imran Iskandar: This is the only tournament page I've seen where every game is kibitzed upon.
Aug-28-15  Al2009: <HeMateMe>

I definitely agree with you, yes the game has been perverted AND KILLED by computers (you don't need "super" computers, even laptop and "normal" pc are more than enough).

Let's think about what follows:

1) In the past even low-rated players were respected and admired, because everybody knew that it took time, study, etc. to reach those levels. Now even superGM have to face legions of patzers who "find" their mistakes, and have no respect of them.

2) In the past many masters and GM were earning a living through analysis (that were being published by "Chess Informant" or chess magazines), lessons, etc. Now nobody is interested in "human analysis", even from a reigning World Chess Champion - because there are Fritz, Houdini, Rebel, etc.

3) In the past chess was the most honest and "cheating-proof" sport, because cheating was almost impossible (at most you could find someone keeping hidden notes on just openings). Now you have to sign - before an important tournament - agreements with organizers allowing arbiters to make a strip-search on you, as if you were a narco in the airport.

4) In the past, after you had brilliantly won a game, everybody was admired with you, and nobody would have dared to suspect cheating. Now "cheating" is the first idea crossing the minds of many players watching a "too brilliant" win by a player against a stronger opponent.

5) In the past it was normal that a player was gaining and losing elo points, during his/her career. Now when a player is gaining too much, cheating suspicions immediately arise.

6) In the past a tournament room was a fascinating place, you just were watching chessboards, and thinking about moves. Now tournament rooms became paranoid places, where players are scrutinizing each other, becoming anxious when opponents are going to the toilet and staying there more than 5 minutes, etc.

6) In the past media (tv, magazines) were reporting chess results and chess champions. Now they just report "cheating".

7) In the past the most beautiful and admired chess components were HUMAN IDEAS, that is: clever and subtle strategies and brilliant combinations. Richard Reti once wrote: "In chess, ideas are much more important than variations" Now you just have endless and dry sequences of computer analysis, with dry + 3.1, +7.0, etc.

Chess is dying.

In 1980 a song (by "The Buggles") was saying: "Video killed the radio star".

Now chessplayers can say: "Computers killed chess"

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  perfidious: <AI2009....Now even superGM have to face legions of patzers who "find" their mistakes, and have no respect of them.>

True and utterly risible.

Aug-28-15  epistle: It seems that in the Sinquefeld cup an american always ends up at the bottom.

Go there Wesley!

Nov-23-15  scholes: What happened to this Carauna ??
Mar-09-16  Xytonic: Caruan playing in a komodo fischer beast mode
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  perfidious: <torrefan: (Top-level chess is) not even a job. Just a hobby.>

<dx9293: <torrefan> It most certainly is a job....>

If <torrefan> were to indulge himself in this 'hobby', not a snowball's chance he makes it.

<dx....They spend 3-4 hours everyday preparing for their games, they have to constantly study the latest developments, hours and hours working with seconds and computers, non-stop travel, and then playing up to 7 hours each stress-filled round.

I think professional chess compares most closely to professional tennis...another "hobby" where pros work just as hard, if not harder, than most people do at their jobs.>

Playing professional poker also requires work away from the table to be successful; same as chess, it admits of no release of tension during the game and is a sedentary activity.

Jun-05-17  The Boomerang: Is this the highest level of chess ever played by a human? Caruana...
Aug-22-18  1d410: Back in these days when you watched Sinquefield chess there weren't all these draws we're seeing today. Not enough youth with fresh ideas. I blame technology.
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  HeMateMe: the best players continue analyzing with computers and find new ideas in the early middlegame. As long as computers are clearly stronger in this game than humans there will always be room for improvement.

I think I've seen a little of this in Aronian's games, some very odd looking moves in the early middlegame, things that came from watching lines played by top software programs. Maybe the same thing in Shak's games.

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  Messiah: This one was a pretty wild tourney, it is still unbelievable what Fabiano has done.
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