Sinquefield Cup Begins with a b5 Bang for Anand

The seventh annual Sinquefield Cup began on August 17th at the Saint Louis Chess Club, with twelve of the top players in the World competing for over $300,000 in prize money, as well as Grand Chess Tour points.

The round started out quietly, as most games steered toward draws, starting with Karjakin-Mamedyarov.  The most promising middlegame, in Aronian-Vachier-Lagrave ended in repetition about two hours into play.

Grand Chess Tour Champion Hikaru Nakamura, who is currently ranked #1 in the World in Blitz, fought for an edge in his game against World (Classical) #2 Fabiano Caruana. Fabi defended well and that game also ended in a draw.

The World Champion showed a nice tactical possibility against GM Anish Giri in the post-mortem.

The actual game ended in a well played draw when Anish played the more obvious 27…Rxa8 instead of Rf8.

Ding Liren and Wesley So also drew their game, so it left only Ian Nepomniachtchi-Vishy Anand, and the six-time World Champion pressed and pressed till it looked like the final game would also be drawn in a rook and knight vs. rook ending.

Until Ian Nepomniachtchi committed a fatal blunder in this position.

Position after Kc4??

Upon victory and post-game interview, the Indian legend descended the staircase and was greeted with raucous applause. He enters round two of the Sinquefield Cup with a clear lead.

Sinquefield Cup quick links

Grand Chess Tour homepage and live games starting at 1:50 ET

YouTube channel (archives and live show)

YouTube Russian stream Round 1 

Grand Chess Tour twitter

GCT tour standings 

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