Magnus Carlsen vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is drawn!



Yasser Seirawan and Silvio Danailov synchronize watches.


A similar picture in round 7: MVL imagined things in his game against Caruana and abstained from castling, so his king was at the mercy of the opposing forces. Caruana’s phantastic score: 7/7!!

Nakamura’s balance against Carlsen gradually becomes alarming, this time he confused the variations in the opening and he got a lost position after only 15 moves.


Magnus Carlsen, in the background Veselin Topalov


Caruana was the clear tournament winner already three rounds before the end, and he drew his last three games, still with winning chances in two of them. So even a 9/9 score would have been realistic!

On the fringe of the event I could ask some questions to Caruana’s trainer Vladimir Chuchelov who is a strong grandmaster himself and who has played in the German Bundesliga for many years (at Katernberg). In spite of massive computer use he doesn’t consider classical chess as exhausted at all, and Caruana’s "seven in one sweep" gives him every reason to that.



Caruana’s trainer Vladimir Chuchelov


I had to leave St. Louis in the morning of the eighth round when Caruana’s winning series found its end in the game against Carlsen. 

The German press photographer



Our friend from New York City, Larry List


As to the historical evaluation of this event, not all experts may agree to the rating "strongest tournament of all time", for instance you can cite the AVRO tournament 1938 or the final of St. Petersburg 1914 ... 
And Caruana’s stunning result may be compared with Karpov’s performance in Linares 1994.
But Rex Sinquefield will remain true to himself, he now plans the 2015 Sinquefield Cup with eight top class players in a double round robin – all good things come in threes! 



 Unknown players outside ...



Addendum (29-10-2014): 

I would like to add a snapshot of Henrik Carlsen and Megh Manseta ...


... the latter is an Indian investor from Mumbai and a chess friend who already visited the last WCh match in Chennai - Ulrich Stock has written an article about it - see ZEIT ONLINE Nur aus Liebe zum Schach. So it was quasi a reunion in St. Louis after their first encounter in Chennai ...




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