All Sinquefield Cup interviews

by Macauley Peterson
8/15/2017 – Ever wanted to see what the players said on the live commentary, but didn't have the time to go searching for their post-game interview (or whether they even had one)? Well, we've put together a quick reference for you! Here you'll find all player interviews from the Sinquefield Cup 2017. Every...single...one, linked for ease of use. | Photos: Lennart Ootes

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What did they say?

Often, when reading written analysis of games from top level tournaments you'll find comments like "Black must have missed this move," referring to a critical moment. A commentator working remotely typically doesn't have an opportunity to find out what was in the players' minds. Thankfully, that's not the case in Saint Louis, where the player contracts require them to be available for an appearance on the live webcast after each game. Occassionally, they may be allowed to skip out on that comittment, but for the most part you saw the players turning up for at least a few minutes, even after painful losses.

To make it easy to review these interviews, we've painstakingly linked all 75+ interviews to their corresponding player name in the round-by-round results tables below.

All links take you to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center's YouTube channel. Any missing links indicates that there was no interview with that player during the webcast for that round (it's rare, but it happens).

A bonus clip of the players taking about their youth | Source: CCSCSL on YouTube

Round 1

Aronian

Name Result Name
Aronian Levon 1 - 0 Nepomniachtchi Ian
Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ Carlsen Magnus
Karjakin Sergey 1 - 0 Svidler Peter
Anand Viswanathan ½ - ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 1 - 0 So Wesley

Round 2

Carlsen

Name Result Name
Nepomniachtchi Ian 0 - 1 So Wesley
Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ Vachier-Lagrave Maxime
Svidler Peter ½ - ½ Anand Viswanathan
Carlsen Magnus 1 - 0 Karjakin Sergey
Aronian Levon 0 - 1 Caruana Fabiano

Round 3

Aronian and Karjakin

Name Result Name
Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ Nepomniachtchi Ian
Karjakin Sergey ½ - ½ Aronian Levon
Anand Viswanathan ½ - ½ Carlsen Magnus
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ - ½ Svidler Peter
So Wesley ½ - ½ Nakamura Hikaru

Round 4

Vachier-Lagrave

Name Result Name
Nepomniachtchi Ian 1 - 0 Nakamura Hikaru
Svidler Peter ½ - ½ So Wesley
Carlsen Magnus 0 - 1 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime
Aronian Levon ½ - ½ Anand Viswanathan
Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ Karjakin Sergey

Bonus: Vachier-Lagrave confessional

Round 5

Anand

Name Result Name
Karjakin Sergey ½ - ½ Nepomniachtchi Ian
Anand Viswanathan 1 - 0 Caruana Fabiano
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ - ½ Aronian Levon
So Wesley 0 - 1 Carlsen Magnus
Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ Svidler Peter

Round 6

Nakamura

Name Result Name
Nepomniachtchi Ian ½ - ½ Svidler Peter
Carlsen Magnus ½ - ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Aronian Levon 1 - 0 So Wesley
Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ Vachier-Lagrave Maxime
Karjakin Sergey ½ - ½ Anand Viswanathan

Round 7

Shahade and Kasparov

Name Result Name
Anand Viswanathan 1 - 0 Nepomniachtchi Ian
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ - ½ Karjakin Sergey
So Wesley ½ - ½ Caruana Fabiano
Nakamura Hikaru 0 - 1 Aronian Levon
Svidler Peter ½ - ½ Carlsen Magnus

Bonus: Garry Kasparov guest commentary

Round 8

Name Result Name
Nepomniachtchi Ian ½ - ½ Carlsen Magnus
Aronian Levon ½ - ½ Svidler Peter
Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Karjakin Sergey 1 - 0 So Wesley
Anand Viswanathan ½ - ½ Vachier-Lagrave Maxime

Bonus: Svidler confessional

Round 9

Name Result Name
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 1 - 0 Nepomniachtchi Ian
So Wesley ½ - ½ Anand Viswanathan
Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ Karjakin Sergey
Svidler Peter 1 - 0 Caruana Fabiano
Carlsen Magnus 1 - 0 Aronian Levon

Bonus: Svidler confessional

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Macauley is Editor in Chief of ChessBase News in Hamburg, Germany, and producer of The Full English Breakfast chess podcast. He was an Associate Producer of the 2016 feature documentary, Magnus.
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susiep susiep 8/15/2017 07:25
This is fantastic - thanks!
calvinamari calvinamari 8/15/2017 05:36
... which, I hasten to add, is not (necessarily) a comment on the quality of his play.
calvinamari calvinamari 8/15/2017 05:15
Cool linking work. Now we can just skip to the Svidler comedic interludes.
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