Photos from the 2018 Sinquefield Cup

August 16-18, 2018

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"Ultimate Moves" Exhibition, August 16, 2018


Official photo from SLCC edited with red arrow showing yours truly taking the photos that follow.
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) vs Sergey Karjakin (Russia). This and the following seven photos are screen shots from my videos, hence the somewhat grainy picture quality.
Magnus Carlsen (Norway) vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan).
Wesley So (USA) vs Hikaru Nakamura (USA).
Sergey Karjakin (Russia) vs Leinier Domínguez (Cuba).
Sergey Karjakin (Russia) vs Leinier Domínguez (Cuba).
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) vs Magnus Carlsen (Norway).
Wesley So (USA) vs Hikaru Nakamura (USA).
Wesley So (USA) vs Hikaru Nakamura (USA).
GM Maurice Ashley (USA), who does a great job as a moderator and chess commentator. In SLCC videos Maurice gives the appearance of being a rather large man, but I was surprised to see that he was in fact shorter than I had imagined him to be. And in contrast to his on-screen persona, I found him to be a bit shy and reserved.
GM Maurice Ashley.
Ashley interviews Vishi Anand.
So vs Carlsen.
Ashley interviews Wesley So.
So vs Nakamura.
So vs Nakamura.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand of India. Coincidentally, he is sitting in front of a photo of himself.
Viswanathan Anand.
Levon Aronian of Armenia.
World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ("MVL").
Anand, Carlsen, Nakamura.
Fabiano Caruana.
Fabiano Caruana.
Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So.
Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Viswanathan Anand.
Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Here you can see that Sergey is wearing braces on his teeth.
Maurice Ashley interviewing MVL. Karjakin on left, Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana in center.
Sergey Karjakin, Wesley So, Peter Svidler (Russia).
Ashley, Anand, Carlsen.
Ashley interviews Levon Aronian.
Aronian at the board while Randy Sinquefield, Leinier Domínguez, Alexander Grischuk, Vishi Anand, Magnus Carlsen, and Hikaru Nakamura watch.
Ashley interviews Alexander Grischuk. Aronian on left, Carlsen on right. Domínguez sitting in lower left.
Ashley and MVL.
MVL, Rex Sinquefield, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin (seated). Chess patron Rex Sinquefield is a billionaire who has invested heavily into the promotion of chess in the USA.
Ashley interviews Magnus Carlsen.
Hikaru Nakamura appears amused at the shenanigans on the chessboard.
Hikaru Nakamura.
Hikaru Nakamura.
Peter Svidler, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So.
Peter Svidler, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So. Peter Svidler appears to be looking at this fellow with the camera.
GM Wesley So, who for a while was the 2nd highest rated player in the world. He played over 60 games in a row against top grandmasters without a single loss.
Wesley So.
Wesley So.
Wesley So.
Wesley So.
Wesley So enjoying the show.
The stage after the exhibition was over.
After the exhibition I had the opportunity of meeting and talking with Wesley So. His sister Abbey Key took the picture. Besides being incredibly talented, Wesley is a very nice person, friendly and humble, by far the most pleasant and approachable of the world's elite grandmaster chess players.

Photos from Round 1, August 18, 2018


A view of the playing area on the second floor. Spectators were restricted to a fenced-off area on the right, quite close to the action. Talking and even whispering was strictly prohibited. Security in the second floor was very tight. Spectators were required to enter through a security checkpoint where they were checked with metal detectors. No cell phones were allowed. Down on the first floor I saw an armed policeman.
Spectators on the second floor where the games were played.
This is a screen shot from the Youtube video. I am the fellow in the yellow shirt just right of center watching the Mamedyarov vs So game.
This is a screen shot from the same Youtube video, and that's me on the bottom, looking down toward where Carlsen was playing MVL.
World Champion Magnus Carlsen before the begin of round 1.
World Champion Magnus Carlsen before the begin of round 1.
World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. As of 2018, Carlsen is the highest-rated chess player in history. Unfortunately, on a personal level I found him to be rather cold, aloof, and arrogant.
Carlsen with the black pieces against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.
Magnus Carlsen.
MVL vs Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen pondering his next move.
MVL vs Carlsen.
Carlsen observes the Fabiano vs Grischuk game. Carlsen was on his feet quite a bit, checking out the action on the other boards.
Carlsen observes the Nakamura vs Anand game. I noticed that Carlsen kept having to tuck in his shirt in the back.
Carlsen observes the Mamedyarov vs So game.
Fabiano Caruana (USA) ponders his next move against Alexander Grischuk of Russia. Fabi is a very nice, polite, eloquent, and soft-spoken young man.
Fabiano Caruana ponders his next move against Alexander Grischuk.
Caruana vs Grischuk.
Lev Aronian vs Sergey Karjakin.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Wesley So.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Wesley So.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Wesley So. Mamedyarov is looking at the monitors in the back of the room that show all the current board positions.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov studies his game with Wesley So.
Mamedyarov deep in thought. Super GM's don't need to look at the board when pondering a position.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Viswanathan Anand with the black pieces vs Hikaru Nakamura.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Viswanathan Anand.
Hikaru Nakamura makes a move in his game with Viswanathan Anand.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Viswanathan Anand.
Wesley So's adoptive parents accompany him on all of his tournaments around the world. His mother Lotis Key is a former professional film and theater actress who starred in 85 major films in Asia. His father, Renato "Bambi" Kabigting, is a former professional basketball player and himself a strong amateur chess player. They are both from the Phillipines, but today live in Minnesota.
Lotis is reading "A Legacy of Spies" by John le Carré. Bambi is watching the progress of Wesley's game on a video screen.
Lotis Key, Wesley So's adoptive mother.

Miscellaneous


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, and Alexander Grischuk watching a game on the sidewalk just outside of the St. Louis Chess Club.
Karjakin and Grischuk watching a game out on the sidewalk.
In the St. Louis Chess Club.
One of the many wall monitors, this one showing the progress of the Mamedyarov vs So game.
In the St. Louis Chess Club.
In the St. Louis Chess Club.
In the St. Louis Chess Club.
In the St. Louis Chess Club, a room on the second floor.
A giant king stands outside the World Chess Hall of Fame, across from the St. Louis Chess Club where the tournament was held.
The World Chess Hall of Fame has the table and set that Bobby Fischer used during the 17th Chess Olympiad in Cuba in 1966.
One of the many unique chess sets on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame.
A Staunton chess set and clock from the 1800's on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame.
Stairway in the World Chess Hall of Fame suggests a chess theme.
Stairway in the World Chess Hall of Fame suggests a chess theme.

All photos (except for the three noted above) copyright © 2018 by Bill Price
Last modified November 15, 2018
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