USCF Home Chess Life Magazine 2014 September Caruana Beats Them All; Sinquefield Cup Hits Halfway Point
|Caruana Beats Them All; Sinquefield Cup Hits Halfway Point|
|By Brian Jerauld|
|September 1, 2014|
The 2014 Sinquefield Cup, boasting the strongest field in history with six of the top-nine Grandmasters in the world, has been dominated by just one. At the U.S. super-tournament's halfway point, Italian GM Fabiano Caruana sits far in front with a perfect score -- five points collected from five games -- having consecutively defeated every other player in the field.
In Sunday's fifth round at host venue Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Caruana defeated GM Hikaru Nakamura for his first-ever victory over the American, completing the first cycle of the tournament's double-round robin format. Also winning was World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, who earned his first victory of the tournament against GM Levon Aronian; as well as Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov, who has shaken off a winless start to find himself tied with Carlsen for second place, with 2.5 points each.
This year's Sinquefield Cup has already provided some incredibly fighting chess, with 10 of its first 15 games ending with decisions. Monday will be a rest day, with play resuming Tuesday afternoon for round 6.
The 2014 Sinquefield Cup is a 10-round, double round robin tournament that runs through September 7, with each round beginning daily at 2:00 p.m. local time. Monday, September 1 will be a rest day. Every round will be broadcast live through www.USChessChamps.com, featuring analysis from the world-class commentating team of GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade.
Find a round five report on uschesschamps.com with detailed analysis by GM Ian Rogers.