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Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:34 am

The Sinquefield Cup 2019 takes place in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, from Saturday 17th August until Thursday 29th August.

Round 1 17th August; Rest Day 22nd August; Round 11 28th August; Tiebreaks if required 29th August.

Play starts each day (except 22nd August) at 1900 BST.

Time Limit: All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.

Players: Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The pairings are attached.
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Grand Chess Tour - 2019 Sinquefield Cup

Post by Chris Rice » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:28 pm

First round starts tonight, coverage on Chess24 as per.
This year it's an 11 round, 12 player round Robin, with a $325,000 prize fund. Rd 1 Pairings:

Carlsen 2882 - Giri 2779
Nakamura 2743 - Caruana 2818
Ding 2805 - So 2776
Aronian 2765 - Vachier-Lagr. 2778
Nepomniachtc. 2774 - Anand 2756
Karjakin 2750 - Mamedyarov 2764

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:06 am

All games look like they were going to be drawn then suddenly it was tragedy for Nepo on move 77, when he mistakenly thought an en passant would save him.

Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Anand, Viswanathan, Grand Chess Tour Sinquefield Cup 2019 round 01
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Post by JustinHorton » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:05 am

Sort of thing you often see the moment you take your hand off the piece.
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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:33 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:05 am
Sort of thing you often see the moment you take your hand off the piece.
True, but maybe not on this occasion. The video suggests to me that Nepomniachtchi only realised when Anand played 77 … b5.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Ian Thompson » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:00 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:33 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:05 am
Sort of thing you often see the moment you take your hand off the piece.
True, but maybe not on this occasion. The video suggests to me that Nepomniachtchi only realised when Anand played 77 … b5.
There's a suggestion on Twitter that he'd seen 77... b5, but overlooked that 78. axb6 Nxb6 was check.

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Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:25 pm

Ian Thompson wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:00 pm
David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:33 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:05 am
Sort of thing you often see the moment you take your hand off the piece.
True, but maybe not on this occasion. The video suggests to me that Nepomniachtchi only realised when Anand played 77 … b5.
There's a suggestion on Twitter that he'd seen 77... b5, but overlooked that 78. axb6 Nxb6 was check.
Had he played Kc5 then b6 could safely be met with axb6 as there is no knight check.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:50 pm

Round 2 pairings kicking off at 7pm UK time:

Karjakin (½) 2750 - Ding (½) 2805
Mamedyarov (½) 2764 - Nakamura (½) 2743
Caruana (½) 2818 - Nepomniachtc. (0) 2774
Anand (1) 2756 - Carlsen, M. (½) 2882
Giri (½) 2779 - Aronian (½) 2765
Vachier-Lagr. (½) 2778 - So (½) 2776

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Post by JustinHorton » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:35 pm

What's the time limit? People seem to have a lot of time on their clocks.
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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:47 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:35 pm
What's the time limit? People seem to have a lot of time on their clocks.
I found it in the Event Regs. All moves in 130 mins with a 30 second delay from move 1.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:49 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:35 pm
What's the time limit?
All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.

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Post by JustinHorton » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:52 pm

Thanks. 130 minutes feels like a clumsy figure for some reason.
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Post by NickFaulks » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:16 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:52 pm
Thanks. 130 minutes feels like a clumsy figure for some reason.
If you treat delay as increment it adds up to 2 1/2 hours for forty moves, just like the old days.

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Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:45 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:49 pm
All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.
JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:52 pm
Thanks. 130 minutes feels like a clumsy figure for some reason.
NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:16 pm
If you treat delay as increment it adds up to 2 1/2 hours for forty moves, just like the old days.
So it does, but that wasn't the reason.

The players were consulted about reducing the session length a little. They said that they would be comfortable with the Olympiad time limit, 40/90 + G/30 + 30 secs increment throughout, or something akin to it.

When the GCT Advisory Board decided that they would like to do away with the intermediate time control, I said that G/120 plus 30 secs increment would be fine, but that if they wanted delay, I would like an additional 10 minutes to compensate for the difference between delay and increment.

My view prevailed on this occasion.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:50 pm
Round 2 pairings kicking off at 7pm UK time:

Karjakin (½) 2750 - Ding (½) 2805
Mamedyarov (½) 2764 - Nakamura (½) 2743
Caruana (½) 2818 - Nepomniachtc. (0) 2774
Anand (1) 2756 - Carlsen, M. (½) 2882
Giri (½) 2779 - Aronian (½) 2765
Vachier-Lagr. (½) 2778 - So (½) 2776
All draws today.

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