Sinquefield Cup video highlights (Part 2)

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9/5/2018 – (Continued from Part 1) One of the chief draws of any Grand Chess Tour event is the extensive and high-quality coverage on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube Channel. We've pulled out a number of the interviews and bonus material you may have missed from the Sinquefield Cup. So, break out the popcorn and kick back!

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Bonus material and interviews

Below you can browse a number of embedded clips or link directly to others. All content is from the Saint Louis Chess Club's extensive and expanding channel on YouTube, indexed here for convenient review.

Round 4

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave discussed the consequence of his devotion to the Najdorf against Grischuk.

Viswanathan Anand is a rare guest in the confession booth, but he decided to pop by in the fourth round to discuss his "very tense

Anand in the confessional

Possibly a first for the fifteenth World Champion

Maurice Question to Players: Why do you think we have not seen a repeat winner at the Sinquefield Cup?

Caruana: "For a long time Magnus was dominating at the top, but he's not winning every tournament, and recently he hasn't been winning as much as before."

Nakamura, So, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Dominguez, Caruana, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave and Anand weigh in

Other player interviews
  • Karjakin, who started with two losses with the black pieces
  • Carlsen: "I felt I should take this one chance to get active"
  • Caruana scored a win over Nakamura, after an interesting queenside castling novelty, to move to the top of the table: "He played logical moves, but I just don't think the best ones".

Caruana fielded a couple of questions about the upcoming World Championship match. "I'm not really feeling pressure right now. When the match actually comes around, then I'll feel the pressure. But right now I'm just happy that I made it there".

Seirawan and Caruana

Maurice Ashley and Yasser Seirawan had a few questions related to Caruana's World Championship bid

Games of Round 4


Round 4 recap and ChessBase round-up show

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GM Daniel King on the highlights of the round

Round 5

The webcast for this round of the Sinquefield Cup got a boost from being a top trending video on YouTube, which garnered the show over 250,000 views, and to-date has 290,000 views which is over 100k more than the next highest round of the tournament.

Maurice Question to Players: Would Levon be a Super Hero or a Super Villain?

Keyser Söze or the Joker? "The goodie-goods are not that attractive", is Aronian's own verdict.

Showing the lighter side of Nakamura, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Anand, So and Caruana 

What about Magnus Carlsen? (from Round 8)

Zoro or James Bond? Hero seems to be the verdict here. But Caruana goes with Bain from Batman, and that's just fine with Magnus!

Aronian, So, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Nakamura, Caruana and Carlsen

Other player interviews
  • Anand after his fifth draw — "Periodically my seconds would jog my memory" as to which queen move is the important improvement. In a line of the Queen's Gambit Declined, Anand says 16...Qf6 "kills this particular line"
  • Aronian also weighed in — "I decided to play this opening in the morning...I didn't analyse Qf6"
  • Caruana drew with Vachier-Lagrave — "I thought I was under some slight, but annoying, pressure"
  • Vachier-Lagrave — "I liked my position. I think if you manage to refute the Petroff, you deserve more than a win. I felt this was an OK try"
  • Grischuk — "I think there is just a different meaning of the word 'friend' in Russian and in English...I can say we are comrades, but I cannot say we are friends in the Russian sense". "Friend" in English is like for Facebook and Grischuk doesn't have an account. Karjakin then added his insight on the subject.
  • Mamedyarov explained his big reaction after a draw with Nakamura, and also his veritable addition to playing dominoes. He's played in the national championship of Azerbaijan.

Nakamura and Mamedyarov

Both players were shaking their heads and upset with their fifth round draw

  • Carlsen — "I was really puzzled when he went Qe7 because I have some really interesting options there", but ultimately he could only give credit to Wesley So: "Well done, good defence".
  • Romana Gracanin, President of CCSCSL Young Professionals Board  
How important is physical fitness?

So, Karjakin, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, Aronian, and Anand on their workout routines and staying fresh

Games of Round 5


Round 5 recap and ChessBase round-up show

IM Lawrence Trent covered Round 5

Round 6

Caruana won again to take the sole lead in the tournament.

Player interviews
  • Grischuk missed a golden opportunity against Carlsen
  • Caruana scored the only win to take the sole lead
  • Vachier-Lagrave drew with Mamedyarov
  • Aronian sacrificed a rook against Nakamura after an oversight, but Nakamura, bungled the conversion and the game ended drawn

Caruana interviewed after taking the lead

Games of Round 6 (annotated by GM Daniel Fernandez)


Round 6 recap and ChessBase round-up show

IM Lawrence Trent on the highlights of the day

Continued in part 3...


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