Sinquefield Cup

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The Sinquefield Cup is a chess tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, honoring Rex Sinquefield and his wife Jeanne, the founders of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Sinquefield Cup 2013[edit]

The first edition was held from 9 to 15 September 2013 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.[1] The four grandmasters played the classic time control (40 moves in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment as of move one, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game) in double round-robin tournament. Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky faced each other.[2] The total prize fund was $170,000,[3] with $70,000 going to the winner, $50,000 to runner-up, $30,000 to third place and $20,000 to fourth place.[4] The average FIDE rating for the field was 2797, the highest in chess history at this point in time. The opening ceremony took place on 8 September 2013, and round 1 began on 9 September 2013 at 13:00 CDT (20:00 CEST).[5] This was the last tournament for Magnus Carlsen before his World Chess Championship 2013 match with Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, India.[6]

Player FIDE rating 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Points
1  Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2862 X ½ ½ 1 X ½ 1 1 4.5
2  Hikaru Nakamura (United States) 2772 ½ X 1 1 ½ X 0 ½ 3.5
3  Levon Aronian (Armenia) 2813 ½ 0 X ½ 0 1 X ½ 2.5
4  Gata Kamsky (United States) 2741 0 0 ½ X 0 ½ ½ X 1.5

Sinquefield Cup 2014[edit]

The second edition was held from August 27 to September 7, again at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.[7] The event in 2013 was the strongest chess tournament ever held in the U.S. up until that time. The 2014 edition, however, is (numerically) the strongest in the total history of chess, as measured by actual ELO-ratings of the (this time) six opponents, all in the top ten of FIDE's ELO-rating list.

The six grandmasters again played the modernized classic time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment for every move, followed by an additional 30 minutes plus the per-move-increment for the rest of the game, in a double round-robin tournament. With the six players present (Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave), the tournament consisted of ten rounds with 10 games to play for every participant.[8] According to the FIDE rating, the players were the nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9 in the world.

The total prize fund was increased to $315,000.[9]

Place Prize
1st $100,000
2nd $75,000
3rd $50,000
4th $40,000
5th $30,000
6th $20,000
Total $315,000

The final results are the following:

Player FIDE rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points (Score) Wins SB
1  Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 2801 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 8.5 7 11.75
2  Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2877 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.5 2 8.25
3  Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 2772 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.0 3 4.75
4  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) 2768 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 4.0 1 3.5
5  Levon Aronian (Armenia) 2804 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0 1 3.25
6  Hikaru Nakamura (United States) 2787 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 3.0 0 3.0

After round 7, Caruana had achieved a score of 7-0, which was described as an "historical achievement" by Levon Aronian.[10] Caruana finally finished the tournament with 8.5/10, with the highest ever performance rating in a single tournament, beating out Magnus Carlsen in the 2009 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament and Anatoly Karpov in the 1994 Linares chess tournament.[11] It was widely compared to Bobby Fischer's 20 game winning streak in 1970-71.[11][12]

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