Tuesday, 16 August 2016

So wins Sinquefield

Wesley So has won the 2016 Sinquefield Cup finishing on 5.5/9, half a point ahead of Anand, Aronian, Caruana and Topalov. Going into the final round So led by that margin, but draws between his closest challengers meant that he was able to hold the lead.
My bold prediction of a Peter Svidler upset victory unravelled from round 1, and finished at the tail of the field on 3.5. However he did at least finish ahead of Anish Giri, who has been struggling in his last few events.
The next big tournament for a lot of these players is the Olympiad. Caruana, Nakamura and So are all playing for the US team and are on of the favourites for the tournament. However being a top seed doesn't always translate into victory (eg Russia), but having 3 of the top 10 players in the world can't hurt.

Nakamura,Hikaru (2791) - Ding,Liren (2755) [D43]
4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 Saint Louis USA (9.4), 14.08.2016

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Technically, Giri was the tail of the field (3 pts) behind Svidler.