Sinquefield 2014 / Round 5

Well That’s It – Five for Five There are six competitors.  That means everyone plays five other players in a Round Robin tournament.  This is a Double Round Robin.  Still – What’s the worst that could happen.  Everyone has played everyone so far.  In my opinion – not a very… Continue reading

Sinquefield 2014 / Round 4

FANTASTIC  FABULOUS   FABIANO   FOUR Hudah-Thunk? Absolutely fantastic.  That is FOUR in a row.  This time he took out Number 2 – Aronian.  A solid, well played game; he was about to play Nh2 on move 29, but was “worried” about some Black exchange sacrifice for play.  Then he… Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2014 / Round 3

  Fabiano Caruana Wow ! Wow ! Wow !   That is three wins in three games and the last one (with the Black pieces) took out World Champion Magnus Carlsen.  Magnus played a Bishop’s Opening; a fairly innocuous reputation, quiet, etc. – BUT – it does avoid things like… Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2014 / Round 2

 Two rounds – All fighting games. Caruana wins his second game in a row right out of the gate and plays – like a machine.  Very tough for Lagrave who was crunched into dust with extremely precise play.  Black’s Queen looked misplaced, but how many could drive the dagger home?… Continue reading

World Championship “Postponed” ?

      FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that he received a request from Magnus Carlsento postpone the world championship match with Viswanathan Anand in November. The request was denied. “I received a letter from the manager of Carlsen, asking if it is possible to postpone the match. I want… Continue reading