Halftime at the 2018 Sinquefield Cup

Fabiano Caruana vs. Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Five players (half the field) are currently tied for the lead at the Sinquefield Cup, Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Alex Grischuk, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Despite the high drawing percentage thus far (80%), many hard-fought, fascinating games have been played.

Test your tactical, positional, and endgame skills with puzzles from key moments from the first half of the tournament.

Puzzle #1

Fabiano Caruana vs. Hikaru Nakamura

White to move.

Alex Grischuk. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Puzzle #2

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Alex Grischuk

How did Grischuk expand his minor advantage into a winning one?

Black to move.

Magnus Carlsen. Photo: Spectrum Studios

Puzzle #3

Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Karjakin

How did Carlsen squeeze out a victory in this long endgame against his 2016 Challenger?

White to move.


Watch the games live and enjoy engaging commentary by Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade, and Maurice Ashley on the Official Grand Chess Tour Website.

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The Sinquefield Cup runs from August 18-28 with rounds everyday at 1 P.M. CST. 



Vanessa West is a regular writer and digital assistant for US Chess News. She won the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Vanessa__West


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