He needed just a draw in the last round against Bulgaria’s Vesselin Topalov and did so convincingly.
The Grand chess tour is a three tournament format comprising the world’s best 10 players competing against each other in a round-robin format. His rather poor showing in Norway meant that no one saw him as a threat in this tournament; the minds of chess fans are easily swayed by recent results.
The Grand Chess Tour finishes in London this December.
The world’s most prestigious, global chess events are combining efforts to establish a gold standard for the Grand Chess Tour, an annual competitive circuit for ten of the world’s top grandmasters. Wesley So, with 2.5 points is at the bottom of the tables.
“The competition in the newly-formed Grand Chess Tour is proof that the very best players in the world can thrill and excite”, said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the CCSCSL.
It only goes to say that chess is headed in the right direction and if things continue like this chess will get all that it deserves as a sport.
Levon Aronian, 32, a player from Yerevan, Armenia, was introduced as the victor of the Sinquefield Cup and its $75,000 prize.
In the second half, Anand’s most hard game was supposedly against in-form Aronian but it turned out to be an easy game in the end. The tournament was also dissappointing for Fabio Caruana and Wesley So who finished ninth and tenth respectively. Despite being the favourite at the tournament, he did not win, and has yet to win a grand tour tournament. After the Soviet Union’s collapse, chess became a substitute for school and an endeavor on which his unemployed parents, both of whom were scientists, could focus. The Armenian with 5.5 points, enjoys a full point lead over nearest rivals Anish Giri of Holland, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Alexander Grischuk of Russian Federation and Carlsen who all have 4.5 points apiece.
All nine rounds of the 2015 Sinquefield Cup featured live play-by-play updates and analysis from different teams of grandmaster commentators including GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley, as well as WGM Jennifer Shahade on www.grandchesstour.com.