Magnus Carlsen Squeezes out Marathon Win

Chess Club founder Rex Sinquefield with Magnus Carlsen, holding the new Sinquefield Cup book, Photo Austin Fuller

After an eventful opening and round one of the Sinquefield, round two seemed less likely to provide thrills and spills. Four games were drawn in the first time control, including a sharp opening struggle between Grischuk and Mamedyarov.

Meanwhile Magnus Carlsen nursed an edge against Sergey Karjakin, in a game that many predicted would also be drawn.

IM Eric Rosen, who took over our USChess twitter feed during the round (and will be back for rounds 7 and 9), found plenty of highlights from the games and around the Central West End as the Magnus endgame grind heated up.

The Carlsen game blossomed into a rich endgame squeeze, 88 moves long, as Carlsen finally claimed victory, bringing him to a tie for first with Mamedyarov and Aronian. Eric captured the victorious descent of Magnus to his post-game interview.

Jen and Yaz prepare to begin round two of the Sinquefield Cup, Photo Eric Rosen

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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