2019 Cup Chronicle

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 11

For the first time in the Sinquefield Cup history, the winner will be determined in a playoff. With a clutch last round victory, Magnus Carlsen tied for first place with Ding Liren, who only managed to draw his game.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 9

The tension is rising, as two players have separated themselves from the pack of leaders. Ding Liren defeated his immediate rival Fabiano  Caruana  in  a  well  played  game  and  was  joined  on  top  of  the  leaderboard  by  Ian  Nepomniachtchi,  who  won  against  Wesley  So with the black pieces

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 8

After an exciting round 8, there is now a five-way tie for first place in the Sinquefield Cup. Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi joined the leaders with wins over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian respectively, while the rest of the leaders drew their games.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 7

Once again, a round of all draws left the standings unchanged. It was another frustrating day at the office for Viswanathan Anand, who missed a golden opportunity to defeat one of his co-leaders and take the sole lead in the tournament.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 6

The players returned to action today but the rest day did not seem to impact the player standings in the tournament, as all of the round 6 games ended in a draw.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 5

The round before the day off had the highest number of decisive results and a shake up in the leaderboard. There is now a three way tie for first place as Ding Liren joins Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana with a win over Anish Giri.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 4

There was finally a shake up in the standings today, as Fabiano Caruana defeated Levon Aronian. The American joins Viswanathan Anand in the lead as the rest of the games were drawn.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 3

Round 3 of the Sinquefield Cup saw all six draws again, which was enough for Viswanathan Anand to remain on top of the leaderboard. While Anand had no trouble drawing with the black pieces, Karjakin, on the other hand, had to fight for his half a point, essentially defending for over 80 moves.

2019 Cup Chronicle Issue 2

Viswanathan Anand remains on top of the leaderboard after a peaceful second day in Saint Louis. Although all the games ended in a draw, the results weren’t indicative of the fights that ensued across the  board.