Rich As A King

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Perfection in St Louis


Brian Jerauld
Communications Specialist
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

www.uschesschamps.com

SAINT LOUIS (August 30, 2014) -- Through four rounds, Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana remains perfect against the strongest field in history.

The Italian 22-year-old has kicked off the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, with four wins -- including Friday's knock-off of World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, followed by Saturday's victory over GM Levon Aronian, the World No. 2. Caruana's blistering start has allowed him to take over Aronian's spot on the live-ratings listings, with his numerical strength now-cresting at 2820, well above his previous peak.

The other two games of Saturday's fourth round ended in draws. Both Carlsen, against GM Veselin Topalov; and GM Hikaru Nakamura, against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; were able to rebound for half-points after losses on Friday afternoon.

The win-streak has allowed Caruana to open up a two-point lead over a field that contains six of the top-nine players in the world, while the world champion finds himself winless in a four-player tie for last place. On Sunday, Caruana faces Nakamura, an opponent he has yet to beat in his career.


ROUND 4 RESULTS

WhiteResultBlack
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave1/2 - 1/2GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Magnus Carlsen1/2 - 1/2GM Veselin Topalov
GM Fabiano Caruana1 - 0GM Levon Aronian

STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 4

RankNameRatingScore
1GM Fabiano Caruana28014
2GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave27682
3GM Magnus Carlsen28771.5
4GM Levon Aronian28051.5
5GM Hikaru Nakamura27871.5
6GM Veselin Topalov27721.5

ROUND 5 PAIRINGS
WhiteResultBlack
GM Hikaru Nakamura-GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Levon Aronian-GM Magnus Carlsen
GM Veselin Topalov-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time for Hikaru to unmask this great pretender. From now on, Caruana will lose all his game wounding up 4-6 after ten rounds. Naka will pulverized this toddler into oblion. That's what he deserves making the great GM angry.

Anonymous said...

Nakamura will dust this kid easily. He is just warming up from previous rounds and ready to unleash his superiority among these pretenders beginning with this kid. Naka is the best and smartest player in this tourney.

Anonymous said...

Nakamura is the most dominant player. He has the backing of Sinquefield and Kasparov.

Anonymous said...

No wonder both of their backs are broken-hearted right now. Can't rely on this big mouth guy. All talks but can't walk the walk. Can't even beat Topalov.

Anonymous said...

Caruana is stronger than Nakamura, it's pretty obvious.

Anonymous said...

Topalov is miles away better than Nakamura...

Anonymous said...

Caruana beat them all already, that means he is the strongest of them all. He will be the challenger next year for the world chess championship..

Gcf said...

Caruana will lose all his Games and end up... ??
Nakamura will dust the Kid ... And Win the tournement as well I guess? Hahahahahah
It is going to be difficult to catch up to Caruana after such a start.

Gcf said...

Caruana will lose all his Games and end up... ??
Nakamura will dust the Kid ... And Win the tournement as well I guess? Hahahahahah
It is going to be difficult to catch up to Caruana after such a start.