Monday 24 August 2015

Sinquefield Cup starts with a bang

Five games, five wins! The Sinquefield Cup has got off to quite a remarkable start, not only with 5 decisive games, but with some pretty surprising results.
Caruana's will not be emulating last years starting streak, having lost to Lev Aronian in a very sharp game. Magnus Carlsen started this event with a similar results to Norway 2015, losing to Topalov again, although it wasn't on time. Nakamura has local fans cheering with a win over Anand, although he was the only US player to win, with Wesley So losing to Vachier-Lagrave.   In fact the only game that went according to rating was Giri's win over Grischuk.
With so many interesting games to pick from, I decided to go with Aronian's win over Caruana. Lev has been out of form (by his high standards) for a while, so this is a good win to get under his belt. At first look it seems that both players were happy to take risks to keep the position as dynamic as possible, but once Aronian sacrificed his rook on c2, it was effectively over.

Aronian,Levon (2765) - Caruana,Fabiano (2808) [D37]
3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015 Saint Louis USA (1.3), 23.08.2015

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