3rd Sinquefield Cup Line-up/Ratings & Rnd 1

by National Life Master Loal Davis

PairingsThese are the parings for the first round.

liveratingsNotice the parings versus the top 12 rated players from the current Live Ratings.

The ONLY two swaps/deviations from the top 10 in the Live Ratings list (above) and the 3rd Sinquefield Cup line-up are: Ding Liren (7 – out),  and Kramnik (8 – out) for Aronian (11 – in), and Vachier-Lagrave (16 – in).  This promises to be a tremendous tournament – Round Robin – where every player plays every other player.  That is, or should be nine intensely fought rounds.

Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Ne4

Black appears to be striving for a counter against the White Pawns by freeing the f Pawn to assist in an e5 thrust.  (7… c6 8. Bd3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6  is one way of nibbling at the White Pawn chain while eliminating that bad Bishop on c8.

8. Rc1 Nxc3 9. Rxc3 b6 10. c6 Nf6 11. a3 a5 12. Bd3 Ne4

If Black is not going to play Ba6 here, then I think he should be striving mightily for e5 to liberate the c8 Bishop.

13. Rc2 f6 14. Qe2 Bd6 15. O-O g5

What is this? 15… Qe8 pursues the plan of e5.

16. Bxd6 Nxd6 17. Re1 a4

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Black is playing with fire.

18. Nd2 e5

Admittedly Queen, Rooks, and Bishop are long range pieces, but Black appears to lack in overall development (harmony) to open lines here. Notice the loss of tempo in the movement of the two Knights. One moved three times to exchange itself; the other moved four times to arrive on d6.

19. e4 f5 20. f3

It wouldn’t surprise me if taking one of the center Pawns was possible, but White can well afford to support the center and maintain the tension; I don’t think Black can.

dxe4 21. fxe4 Ra5 22. exf5 Nxf5 23. Bc4+ Kg7 24. d5 Re8 25. Ne4

Aronian, Levon vs. Caruana, Fabiano,  ?,  2015.08.23,  Round 1

Well thought out.

Nd4 26. Qh5 Nxc2 27. Nxg5 Bf5 28. Rf1 Qf6

28… Bg6 29. Rf7+ Kg8 30. Qh6

29. Ne6+

29. Rxf5 Qxf5 30. Ne6+ is also possible.

29… Rxe6 30. Rxf5 Qg6 31. dxe6 Qxh5 32. Rxh5 Nd4 33. e7 Ra8

Black is doomed.

34. Rxe5 Re8 35. Re4 Nf5 36. Be6 Nd6 37. Bd7 Nxe4 38. Bxe8 Kf6 39. Bg6 1-0


ALL decisive games this round.  For the PGN notation of any game, Click on a Diagram – above or below.


Carlsen vs Topalov – Upper Left     Topalov wins (Wow – Takes out the World Champion)

Nakamura vs Anand – Upper Right     Nakamura wins (Takes out former World Champion)

Giri vs Grischuk – Lower Left     (Giri wins – a beautifully executed game)

So vs Vachier-Lagrave – Lower Right     (Vachier-Lagrave wins – well played)

 Carlsen, Magnus vs. Topalov, Veselin,  ?,  Source2015.08.23,  Round 1  Nakamura, Hikaru vs. Anand, Viswanathan,  ?,  Source2015.08.23,  Round 1
 Giri, Anish vs. Grischuk, Alexander,  ?,  Source2015.08.23,  Round 1  So, Wesley vs. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime,  ?,  Source2015.08.23,  Round 1



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