Friday 5 September 2014

Caruana 7-0 (and Carlsen 11-0)

The Caruuana train roles on, with a seventh consecutive win at the 2014 Sinqufield Cup. Todays anointed victim was Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who played the part by falling apart in 20 moves, although he did hang on the move 39 before throwing in the towel.
Caruana's winning streak has of course overshadowed some other interesting features from this tournament. In what would normally be the feature game of just about any other event, Magnus Carlsen scored his 11th career win over Hikaru Nakamura. The game seemed to be played at a breakneck pace, with Nakamura playing a line that looked good on the surface but turned out just to be bad. In the other game, Topalov and Aronian drew, but given the events on the other boards, I'm not sure whether anyone really noticed.

Carlsen,Magnus (2877) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2787) [D10]
2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 Saint Louis USA (7.2), 03.09.2014

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