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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 D 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, 3103 performance and 3 points ahead of world champion Carlsen.

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Caruana 22 2801 ** 1 11 11 1 1 8 2 Carlsen 23 2877 0 ** 1 1 5 3 Topalov 39 2772 00 ** 1 0 11 5 4 Vachier-Lagrave 23 2768 00 0 ** 1 4 5 Aronian 31 2805 0 0 1 0 ** 4 6 Nakamura 26 2787 0 0 00 ** 3

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

After the tournament there was a chess960 match won by Nakamura 3-2 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. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen ½-½382014Sinquefield CupC45 Scotch Game
2. Aronian vs Nakamura ½-½402014Sinquefield CupD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. Topalov vs Caruana 0-1342014Sinquefield CupA35 English, Symmetrical
4. Caruana vs M 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. M 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. M 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 M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0412014Sinquefield CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1702014Sinquefield CupA47 Queen's Indian
16. Nakamura vs Aronian ½-½452014Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½512014Sinquefield CupB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. Caruana vs Topalov 1-0312014Sinquefield CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. M 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 M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½302014Sinquefield CupC41 Philidor Defense
24. Nakamura vs Topalov 0-1572014Sinquefield CupC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½842014Sinquefield CupD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: There is going to be a recording released later. Just assume Aronian won and go about your business...
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: <Any info on the 960 match today? Was expecting a livestream but don't see anything.>

First game on ICC now. around move 36.
queens and opposite color bishops, pawns: 5 vs. 6. the type of position that looks drawn but that Magnus would win..with either color.

Sep-09-14  bobthebob: first game drawn.
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: game 2. move 21, queens off and there are 6 pieces and 1 pawn all on one file. fun.
Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: I am on FICS so can't follow live, can you keep us updated?
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: Nakamura wins second game.
Four more games, but I got to go.
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: Oddly enough, game 2 followed the 960 game between Smyrylovi and Kastorinov from 1984. Seems like Nakamura found a novelty that resulted in the exchange. I think Aronian had a fortress, but I think since there is no increment, he had to try something since he was down on time.
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: Game 3 started...waiting for my ride, so I'll post as long as I can. Games are 15 minutes.
Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: Thanks alot.
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: Match tied at 2.5
Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: Any more detail than that? Colors? Position?
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  HeMateMe: <Sally Simpson:>

how's uncle Ernie treating you, these days?

Sep-09-14  bobthebob: Nakamura won.

Starting position for last game.

Had black in last game.

The starting positioned seemed similar so I don't know if they used the same position.

Sep-09-14  bobthebob: What surprised me for this game is that there were several times where Nakamura went into a "long" think (e.g. 1-2 minutes in a 15 minute game) and fell behind on time a couple of times.
Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: Thanks for the coverage. 960 is strange because you have to change your thought process depending on the initial positions. No help from theory, you either understand the structures and adapt or you are a fish out of water. I hope they release the video soon though, I am sure it was exciting.
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: Also, odd factoid, black had 5 wins out of 6 games. Other game drawn.
Sep-09-14  bobthebob: The other thing I found interesting is that eventually the games looked like a normal game - e.g. you would never guess that it started as 960.

That may be because the players are trying to steer the game into something they are more used to seeing.

Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: That is really bizarre. Usually when black wins like that it is because white over extends. Without theory to help you for the first 15 moves or so it can be easy to lose the thread.
Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: <<bobthebob>: The other thing I found interesting is that eventually the games looked like a normal game - e.g. you would never guess that it started as 960.

That may be because the players are trying to steer the game into something they are more used to seeing.>

That is completely normal. I play a little 960 on FICS and that is usally what players try to do. Sounds strategy will lead to the King getting to safety, the centralization of the pieces and the pawns are already in the right place. I think 960 is the future of chess because it is being solved from both sides and the only way to slow this down is kill duplicate games through the opening.

Sep-09-14  schweigzwang: <I think 960 is the future of chess>

I hope we see more of it but I guess I'm a pessimist.

Sep-09-14  bobthebob: <I think 960 is the future of chess>

I would like that too, but I am not too hopeful (the last official event at the high level was back in 2009.)

What I like is that it does make chess more accessible. I don't have to get into a game and say "oh crap, he is playing the reverse Sicilian Remoitov opening and I think that unless I play b-e2 after he plays a6, my position will quickly deteriorate.

Instead it is "okay, crazy position, king safety, coordinate pieces, how do I best do that?".

Sep-09-14  Kinghunt: Chess could borrow a page from checkers, at least in DRRs or other events where all matchups are paired.

Strong checkers players can draw 100% of their games if they want to (at least with "white", not sure about with "black"). That's not an exaggeration, it is literally 100%. Obviously, that's a big problem in tournaments and other competitions. So they have something similar to chess 960 - a ton of interesting openings are put into a hat, one is drawn, then two games are played <with that opening>, one game with each color.

That could easily be adapted for chess, being in the same vein as 960 yet less extreme. You can put all kinds of crazy opening lines in the hat, and it doesn't even matter if the position at the end of them (where play would actually start) is balanced or not, as each player will have to play it once with each color.

The latest season of TCEC used this system, and it produced a number of spectacular games. I would love to see a human chess tournament with this system employed.

Sep-09-14  bobthebob: <kinghunt>

How about a modification?

Two types of tournaments. Prep and no prep.

In a prep tournament the players are told when the tournament dates are announced what the starting position will be. This way, they can get their seconds and their computers all working feverishly for a couple of months to see what they can come up with.

The non prep obviously is just sit people down to the board and give them maybe 15 minutes without computers or seconds to think about it before the game starts.

Sep-09-14  SirRuthless: Why not just have more 960 events at more normal time controls? There is no effective prep for 960. The likelihood that you will benefit from a familiar starting position is minute and your computer can't be used to win the game from home by move 15 with some deep prep which is what is happening to classical chess. Not saying it should replace classical but classical should be de-emphasized a bit to make more room for variants which can help raise interest and keep the game alive and accessible for mere mortals like most of us who posses neither the time nor memory to deeply memorize long lines like bob alluded to earlier.
Sep-10-14  1971: Where are the games between Aronian and Nakamura?
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