Sinquefield Cup - MVL wins

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8/26/2021 – After a quick draw against Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the 2021 Sinquefield Cup, securing clear first place after his closest rivals were unable to catch him in the ninth and final round. MVL is the first two-time clear winner of the event, having also taken first place in the 2017 edition. For his efforts, Vachier-Lagrave earns $90,000 in prize money, as well as a bonus $50,000 for finishing second in the overall Grand Chess Tour. | Photo: Crystal Fuller

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Round 9

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30-second increments from move 1.

  • Rounds 1-5 - August 17-21
  • Rest day - August 22
  • Rounds 6-9 - August 23-26

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Reports: Round 1 | Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8

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Commentary by GMs Alejandro Ramirez, Yasser Seirawan, and Maurice Ashley

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elmaestro1967 elmaestro1967 8/25/2021 05:21
Dominguez doing graet!!! yes!!!!
Justjeff Justjeff 8/25/2021 03:29
Let's remember that Svidler was a last minute replacement, he was originally there to be a commentator. Without time to fully prepare against this level of competition it is no surprise he is not having a good result.
Keshava Keshava 8/24/2021 04:39
Svidler is amazing to have won the Russian championship so many times; however given his great strength he doesn't seem to have won his share of elite invitational tournaments. How many has he won?
Ajeeb007 Ajeeb007 8/23/2021 07:48
Svidler is just having a bad tournament. It happens. If you're 30 then people say you're off form but if you're over 40 then they say it's due to age. Korchnoi was 47 and 50 when he played his two matches for the world championship.
fixpont fixpont 8/22/2021 05:45
@Turm_Eric: Svidler is 45, what did you expect?
Turm_Eric Turm_Eric 8/21/2021 06:15
Svidler 0,5/4... this is terrible - May the force be with him for the remaining rounds
karavamudan karavamudan 8/20/2021 05:52
Oh well looks like Sam's opponents are using small Steps 2 success against him. But nice game Sam and MVL.