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World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen brought home a $70,000 souvenir after his first visit to the United States: The country’s finest prize in chess, the Sinquefield Cup.
There’s just one round left in the strongest tournament ever held on American soil—one game to play for the inaugural Sinquefield Cup.
World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen toppled an uninspired Gata Kamsky to move into clear first with 3/4, as Hikaru Nakamura lost his leader-status after stumbling out of the gate against Levon Aronian.
Nakamura stands as the front-runner with 2.5/3 points, while Carlsen trails just a half-point behind. Armenia’s Levon Aronian sits in third place.
Through the first two rounds of the inaugural Sinquefield Cup, the American No. 1 has gotten off to a great start, besting World No. 2 Levon Aronian on Monday and U.S. No. 2 Gata Kamsky on Tuesday.
Round 1 of the strongest chess tournament in U.S. history is in the books, and two full points have already been awarded as World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and U.S. No. 1 Hikaru Nakamura emerged victorious.
After a celebration weekend that began with the drawing of lots and finished with the drawing of crowds, the strongest chess tournament in American history is ready for its first move.
Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is perhaps the most recognizable chess figure on the earth today. With a FIDE rating of 2862, he is the current No. 1 in the world.
Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, ranked seventh on the planet with a FIDE rating of 2774, is the United States’ No. 1-ranked player and a three-time U.S. Champion.
Grandmaster Levon Aronian is just the sixth player in history to cross the elite 2800 threshold, currently ranking No. 2 in the world with a FIDE rating of 2802.
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