Halftime at the Sinquefield Cup

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the current tournament leader. Photo: Spectrum Studios

Entering round 6, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave currently leads the Sinquefield Cup with an undefeated 3.5 points out of 5 rounds. The tournament is far from over, though. The two most recent World Champions, Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, trail MVL by just half a point. In addition, the entire field is within 1.5 points of the leader, leaving many possibilities for the finish.

Here are a few of the most interesting tactical, positional, and endgame moments that have occurred in the event so far.

Puzzle #1

Levon Aronian vs. Fabiano Caruana

On the previous move, Aronian made a rare blunder, 33. Ke2. How did Caruana take advantage?

Black to move.
Level: Warm-Up, Tactic

Carlsen is tied for 2nd and has had a very turbulent tournament so far, losing a better position against MVL but winning nice games against Wesley So and Sergey Karjakin. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Puzzle #2

Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Karjakin

The World Champion and Challenger face off once again. Carlsen has a significant advantage due to his better placed pieces and safer king. What quiet, maneuvering move led to Karjakin’s resignation?

White to move.
Level: Intermediate, Positional Move

Fabiano Caruana was in clear 2nd until his 5th round loss to Anand. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Puzzle #3

Levon Aronian vs. Fabiano Caruana (cont.)

Should Black aim for a rook trade in this endgame?

Black to move.
Level: Advanced, Endgame

After his tactical victory against Caruana, Anand is tied for 2nd. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Puzzle #4

Viswanathan Anand vs. Fabiano Caruana

White to move.
Level: Advanced, Tactic

Puzzle #5

Viswanathan Anand vs. Fabiano Caruana (cont.)

White to move.
Level: Intermediate, Tactic

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

The Sinquefield Cup runs from August 2-12 with rounds everyday at 1 P.M. CST (except for August 7, the rest day). 

Find updates, photos, and more on the US Chess TwitterInstagram, and Facebook, including live Twitter takeovers by IM Eric Rosen, which will resume with the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz starting on 8/14.

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