Vishy Anand, Ding Liren, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Rex Sinquefield, and Wesley So at the Sinquefield Cup Opening Ceremony. Photo: Austin Fuller
Just like last year, Veselin Topalov has an early lead in the Sinquefield Cup. He currently has 3.5 points out of 5 and is the only player to have won two games.
In fact, victories have been particularly sparse at this year’s event. Rounds 3 and 4 featured draws on every board. In round 5, Topalov was the only victor.
Levon Aronian, Wesley So, and Vishy Anand are currently tied for second, trailing behind Topalov by half a point.
Veselin Topalov. Photo: St. Louis Chess Club
One particularly memorable duel was the game between two of the top Americans, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura. Using a two pawn sacrifice to gain the initiative, So was able to score his first ever victory against Nakamura in classical chess.
Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura are tied for fifth with an even score, although they have reached 2.5 points in very different ways. Caruana has drawn every game while Nakamura recovered from his first round loss by defeating Giri the very next day.
Here are some of the key tactical moments so far in the strongest tournament in the country.
Veselin Topalov vs. Peter Svidler
Can you find the simple tactic that made Svidler resign against Topalov?