Sinquefield Cup Begins with Book, Signing and Two Victories

The sixth edition of the Sinquefield Cup began on August 18th, with a tense first round. Two early leaders emerged: Shakriyar Mamedyarov, who won over Wesley So, and Levon Aronian, who defeated Sergey Karjakin.

Fabiano Caruana nearly joined the leaders but was stopped by some precise defense by Alexander Grischuk, highlighted by the move 53….c5! Later in the post-game interview, Fabiano revealed he was torn before his 40th move choice and post game wished he played 40. hxg6.

The club was packed with fans and young people, many of whom were in town from the previous day’s Grandmaster signing.

There was also a book signing for The Sinquefield Cup: Celebrating Five Years 2013-2017, a book co-authored by Tatev Abrahamyan, Maurice Ashley, Alejandro Ramirez, Yasser Seirawan and myself. The book was edited by Dan Lucas of US Chess, and designed by Paige Pedersen of the World Chess Hall of Fame.

Before the opening ceremony, some players seemed engrossed in what we had to say about them!

I browsed my own copy on a rare hour of rest in another summer of chess in Saint Louis. Get yours at Q Boutique. 

Also in town: US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer, who gave IA Chris Bird his Tournament Director of the Year Award at the opening ceremony.

For round two, IM Eric Rosen, popular tweeter, streamer and coach, will be taking over the US Chess twitter feed. With work like this, you’ll definitely want to keep your eyes on @USChess.

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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