The Sinquefield Cup is the highest rated chess tournament to date. There were only 6 competitors but they were all in the top 9 in the world. Think about how rare that is for a chess tournament. The competitors were: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The lowest rating was a staggering 2768.
While the field was impressive, that was dwarfed by the clinic put on my Caruana. In the first 5 matches, playing each opponent and alternating colors, he went an incredible 5-0-0. With GMs these days playing for draws, especially with the black pieces against such top level competition, the 5 wins is out of this world. Caruana would then go on to win his next 2 to start out 7-0-0 before he tied his remaining three to lock up first prize and an undefeated record. With the performance Caruana has moved into 2nd place in the world. I’ve said it for some time, Caruana studies the game like Fischer, he’s 2 years younger than Carlsen and will be his biggest competition over the next 10 years.
Below are all the games from the tournament. Feel free to go through and see just how great Caruana was.