Thursday, 20 August 2015

Sinquefield Sunday

The Sinquefield Cup starts this Sunday, with 7 of the top 8 players in the world taking part. The 10 player RR also includes World number 9, 11 and 24, making it one of the strongest events since AVRO 1938!
The second event in the new Grand Tour, it will be interesting to see how some players (eg Magnus Carlsen) back up after the Norway event. Certainly Topalov is hoping his good luck and good form continue, while Fabiano Caruana is returning to the scene of his great triumph of 2014. The other interesting/surprising fact is that 3 of the 10 players are playing under the US flag, which has been a rarity in recent years.
The first round is this Sunday, starting at 1pm local time, which translates to 4am Canberra time. So while it is likely I will miss the first part of the games, waking up to some high quality chess is a distinct possibility.

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