Fabiano Caruana Joins Leaders at Sinquefield Cup

Fabiano Caruana joined the lead for the Sinquefield Cup, Photo Spectrum Studios

Fabiano Caruana won in round four of the 2018 Sinquefield Cup to join a five-way tie for first, along with World Champion Magnus Carlsen, previous Cup victor Levon Aronian as well as first time hopefuls, Alex Grischuk and Shakriyar Mamedyarov. With his victory, Caruana also leapfrogged Mamedyarov in rating– the two are neck and neck for the #2 rating spot in the World.

Caruana took down fellow American and Olympic team-mate Hikaru Nakamura, starting with a piece of preparation, 14.0-0-0, that he didn’t deem as necessary to “save.” In the ending, he played precisely to show the power of knight over bishop.

In round five, Caruana has a big pairing, playing Black against reigning Sinquefield Cup champion Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

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Watch the games live and enjoy engaging commentary by Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade, and Maurice Ashley on the Official Grand Chess Tour Website and follow both the US Chess Twitter and the Grand Chess Tour feeds using the hashtag #GrandChessTour or #SinquefieldCup.

The Sinquefield Cup runs from August 18-28 with rounds everyday at 1 P.M. CST (except for August 23, the rest day).

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