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Dominguez Presses vs. Caruana In Correct Opening Spherical

Every competitor opened the Sinquefield Cup 2023 with a balanced and correct efficiency on Tuesday. Although each conflict finally led to a draw, GM Leinier Dominguez gained attacking probabilities and pressed within the ending vs. GM Fabiano Caruana whereas GMs Jan-Krysztof Duda and Anish Giri have been a transfer wanting checkmating one another. 

The Sinquefield Cup continues with spherical two on Wednesday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. ET/20:00 CET/12:30 a.m. IST.

Standings After Spherical 1

The Sinquefield Cup is the ultimate occasion of the Grand Chess Tour and the strongest worldwide classical event within the U.S. After months of aggressive effort, the gamers meet for one final conflict.

Simply seven factors away from the 2800 mark in dwell scores, Caruana tops the sphere and has all however secured this 12 months’s GCT championship. After his victories on the Superbet Basic Romania and the Saint Louis Fast and Blitz, he leads the tour by an nearly uncatchable 11 factors. With 13 factors for clear first as the utmost quantity obtainable, Caruana must unexpectedly end final or second to final for his closest rivals to have an opportunity to surpass him. 

Nevertheless, the combat for qualification for the 2024 Candidates is alive and properly. There may be one spot up for grabs for the best rated participant (who hasn’t already certified) on the January 2024 listing, and three opponents lead the race: GM Alireza Firouzja starting the occasion at 2762.8, GM Anish Giri at 2754.2, and GM Wesley So at 2752. 

Repartee earlier than the competitors begins. Photograph: Crystal Fuller.

Along with the Grand Chess Tour mainstays, GMs Levon Aronian and Dominguez end off the sphere as the house court docket wild playing cards. 

The night earlier than the event, the gamers had a dinner collectively together with the organizers. 

Rapport vs. Nepomniachtchi

For the reason that 2023 World Championship when GM Richard Rapport helped GM Ding Liren win as his second, GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and Rapport have developed a rivalry with one another. Their sport at present, nevertheless, was reasonably uneventful.

Coming straight from the European Staff Championship in Budva, Montenegro, Rapport traveled 25 hours to achieve Saint Louis, lacking the pre-tournament dinner and arriving with out a lot time to reset earlier than spherical one. Desperate to get some much-needed relaxation, Rapport was glad to get a stable opening place. The gamers drew by transfer 35. 

When requested which gamers Nepomniachtchi noticed combating for first, he answered: “I believe I’ll.” Photograph: Lennart Ootes.

So vs. Firouzja

When So opted for a modern but low-risk variation within the QGD, Firouzja equalized with none hassle: “I believe after 12…e5, I comfortably equalized as a result of if he takes the pawn, there’s at all times compensation right here… He was taking his time right here, and I believe attempting to even bail out.”

So additionally mirrored on the sport: “In fashionable chess, in an effort to win video games, you want your opponent to make errors or it’s essential get a very good place out of the opening, and at present I did not get an excessive amount of.”

So has his eyes set on the Candidates spot. Photograph: Lennart Ootes.

Giri vs. Duda

Duda selected the street much less travelled with 10…a5!? vs. Giri’s Berlin, resulting in a sport with each gamers attacking one another’s kings within the endgame. With either side one transfer away from delivering a closing blow, the sport led to a double-edged perpetual. 

Vachier-Lagrave vs. Aronian

Aronian and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to outfox one another within the opening. As Aronian described: “I believe we have been attempting to shock one another, perhaps I managed to shock him barely extra with …Qd5, it’s a bit little bit of a uncommon transfer.”

Contemplating their 46 head-to-head video games, Aronian shared his emotions on his longtime opponent: “It’s at all times fascinating to play in opposition to Maxime. He’s at all times combating. He’s one of many gamers that I like taking part in in opposition to as a result of he’s giving probability. He’s one of many guys that’s not settling for boring video games.”

Opponents for over a decade. Photograph: Crystal Fuller.

Dominguez vs. Caruana

Caruana appeared extra comfy out of the opening and gained a substantial time edge by the middlegame. But, Dominguez managed to create attacking probabilities on the kingside and traded this benefit for an additional pawn within the ending. Their tussle is our Recreation of the Day, with evaluation by GM Rafael Leitao coming quickly.

Outcomes – Spherical 1


Rapport 1/2 – 1/2 Nepomniachtchi
Giri 1/2 – 1/2 Duda
So 1/2 – 1/2  Firouzja
Vachier-Lagrave 1/2 – 1/2 Aronian
Dominguez 1/2 – 1/2 Caruana

Pairings – Spherical 2


Nepomniachtchi Dominguez
Duda Rapport
So Vachier-Lagrave
Caruana Aronian
Firouzja Giri

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The 2023 Sinquefield Cup is the strongest worldwide classical OTB event within the U.S. and the ultimate leg of the 2023 Grand Chess Tour. Beginning November 21 at 2 p.m. ET/20:00 CET/00:30 (+1) IST, 10 elite grandmasters will compete for his or her share of the $350,000 prize fund.



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