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Sinquefield 09: Aronian wins tournament

by vlad on Среда, Сентябрь 2nd, 2015
9/2/2015 – Aronian had no trouble holding a draw today against Topalov, all he needed to crown himself as the winner of the 2015 Sinquefield Cup, and the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour. If anything, Aronian was the one playing for an advantage for a large part of the game. Caruana had a winning position against So, but was unable to convert. Nakamura pushed hard against Grischuk and won a long game.
2015 Sinquefield Cup.This super-GM single Round Robin brings together some of the best players in the world. This is the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour.
The players – Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Fabiano Caruana (USA), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Viswanathan Anand (India), Wesley So (USA).
All eyes were on only one game today, as if Aronian didn’t lose this game the tournament would simply be over; no matter what happened in the other games, the tournament would be claimed by the Armenian superstar. That being said, the players themselves were fighting for those valuable Grand Chess Tour points and higher position in the standings. Don’t forget, after all, there is a big pay difference between second and fifth!The first result of round nine was, for many, rather predictable. Levon Aronian is known to be a magnificent defender and one that is sure to prepare his black sides to a dead equal position. He didn’t quite do that today, but he was very well-versed in the dubious variation of the Ragozin that Topalov employed, trying to catch him off-guard. Aronian even enjoyed a slightly better position but allowed his opponent to execute a perpetual check to end the game.

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Topalov and Aronian played a game, but it was the Armenian calling the shots


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