Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 9 / Final

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave   The French National Champion, Vachier-Lagrave wins the Sinquefield Cup 2017.  He nets a clear first in a heavy/competitive field of players.  He finished with 6 points a half point ahead of the field – whatever works – and both … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 8

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Sergey Karjakin   One decisive game today but nothing changes at the top.  It is still a three way tie first place between Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, and Aronian.  There is ONE round to go.   Karjakin (World Champion Candidate) milked a Giuoco Pianissimo for … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 7

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Viswanathan Anand   It is now a three way tie (Vachier-Lagrave / Anand / Aronian) for first place (see score table below) and two more rounds to go.   Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round “7” White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)” Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)” … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 6

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Levon Aronian   I hear ramblings about Aronian; “he’s just a bag of tricks”.  I strongly disagree.  This guy plays aggressive, tactical chess, but always with an eye to the ending and long-range positional themes.  His victories are not accidents and he … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 5

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   There were two decisive games in the 5th round of the Sinqfield Cup 2017.  Two American players went down to World Champions.   Click on any Diagram to step through the Annotated Game (PGN). Also all decisive games (PGN) are within the … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 4

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave   There Is More Than Enough Room At The Top ! !   Two – very important – very exciting decisive games today.  The highlight of the round was Vachier-Legrave’s win with the Black pieces over Magnus Carlsen.  Carlsen had … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 2

by National Life Master Loal Davis   Wesley So   There were three decisive games in the 2nd Round of the Sinquefield Tournament 2017.   I might say that Wesley So “bounced” back from his loss yesterday, but it would be more accurate to say that he “rolled over” and … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 1

by National Life Master Loal Davis   Levon Aronian   This has started out to be a good fighting tournament.  There were three decisive games in five games.   Click on any Diagram to step through the Annotated Game (PGN). Also all decisive games (PGN) are within the Comments below … Continue reading