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Sinquefield Cup Spherical 7: Caruana Clinches GCT, Crosses 2800, Leads Sinquefield Cup With Dominguez, So

After starting the final leg with a large lead in tour factors, GM Fabiano Caruana has clinched the 2023 Grand Chess Tour with two rounds to spare on the 2023 Sinquefield Cup.

He and GM Leinier Dominguez scored their second wins in a row on Tuesday. Caruana defeated GM Wesley So in a scintillating miniature that is our Sport of the Day. Dominguez repelled GM Richard Rapport‘s formidable play. 

Each Caruana and Dominguez are actually tied for the lead with So with probabilities to surpass him within the final two rounds. They’ll play each rounds whereas So solely has just one recreation remaining. 

The Sinquefield Cup continues with spherical eight on Wednesday, November 29, at 2:30 p.m. ET/20:30 CET/01:00 a.m. IST.

Standings After Spherical 7

An inside peak into the enjoying corridor reveals a snack and relaxation space the place the gamers can step away from the stress of their boards, but nonetheless take into account their present recreation positions on display. 

After the slew of victories the day earlier than, spherical seven was a vital one with the event chief, So, dealing with one in every of his closest rivals, Caruana. 

Caruana vs. So

So stunned Caruana with an sudden variation within the Nimzo-Indian Protection. But, when So performed one of many opening’s concepts on the mistaken second, Caruana was able to pounce, grabbing the initiative: “He combined up traces. I used to be a bit stunned he went for this line, however I knew some particulars about it.” With one dynamic transfer after one other, he did not let his opponent again into the sport. 

Caruana’s pivotal miniature is our Sport of the Day, with evaluation by GM Rafael Leitao.

By defeating So, Caruana has leapt right into a tie for first. He mirrored on his latest victories:

I’ve to say I bought some luck within the final two video games. You understand, Wesley nearly by no means has video games like this. In all probability he was a bit nervous due to the event state of affairs. It was his final robust recreation. It was his final recreation with the black items, and if he attracts this recreation, then he is most likely going to share first.

I’ve to say I bought some luck within the final two video games. You understand, Wesley nearly by no means has video games like this. 

—Fabiano Caruana

Commentator GM Peter Svidler shared his perspective on Caruana’s efficiency:

For Fabi, it is only a unbelievable yr, possibly probably the greatest of his profession. I believe that is a part of the explanation why he is enjoying so properly: He would not really want it anymore. He is kind of assured of profitable the Grand Chess Tour. He wanted to play OK. He did not really want to win the event. He wanted to play fantastic. And he already has certified for the Candidates. So, he is just about free to roam right here, free to precise himself. 

Whereas half of the sphere are nonetheless scrambling for the Candidates. For them, it is much more necessary. There’s extra stress on them, particularly on Wesley and Anish.

As well as, Caruana crossed 2800 FIDE in reside scores as soon as once more. 

Graphic: 2700chess.com

Dominguez vs. Rapport 

After equalizing comfortably with Black, Rapport grew to become formidable for extra, declining his opponent’s repetition provide on transfer 19. But, his aggressive intentions backfired when he sought to complicate the sport by opening up the kingside. With an insightful knight maneuver, Dominguez gained an awesome benefit.

This victory was important within the Candidates score race. Dominguez is now lower than one score level away from the chief, So.

Graphic: 2700chess.com

Nepomniachtchi vs. Firouzja

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi led GM Alireza Firouzja into an endgame the place he is completed intensive homework. Although objectively equal, Nepomniachtchi believed: “In case you see this place for the primary time, you’ll be able to simply make some inaccuracies… I believe what he did is imprecise… however by miracle, possibly it’s nonetheless not misplaced.”

When your opponent makes a mistake, but it surely’s not shedding. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Membership.

Aronian vs. Giri

GM Anish Giri reached a popular setup within the Petroff Protection vs. GM Levon Aronian. Referring to the place on transfer 15, Giri shared: “I like these positions. I’ve overwhelmed Fabiano right here with White. It is my favourite place really, with each side I am blissful… It is simply wonderful with opposite-color bishops, quite a bit is occurring.” 

I’ve overwhelmed Fabiano right here with White. It is my favourite place really, with each side I am blissful.

—Anish Giri

He shared his insights into this middlegame, zeroing in on transfer 22:

Right here, it appears like I am underneath some stress as a result of it is arduous for me to resolve the strain within the middle… All these central aggressions aren’t good, however as a substitute this plan of …g6 adopted by …Kg7 after which ….h5. Often in positions like this it’s a must to make one energetic extra, and the opponent is already terrified. As a result of White is so risk-free, however the second you go h5, White is like: it is getting too dangerous.

Outcomes – Spherical 7


Caruana 1 – 0 So
Nepomniachtchi 1/2 – 1/2 Firouzja
Aronian 1/2 – 1/2 Giri
Dominguez 1 – 0 Rapport
Vachier-Lagrave Relaxation Day

Pairings – Spherical 8


Giri Caruana
Rapport Aronian
So Nepomniachtchi
Dominguez Vachier-Lagrave
Firouzja Relaxation Day

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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 2:30 p.m. ET/20:30 CET/01:00 (+1) IST, 10 elite grandmasters will compete for his or her share of the $350,000 prize fund.

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