All draws again as only 15% of Sinquefield Cup chess games are decisive

The 2018 Sinquefield Cup chess tournament is taking place from August 18-27, 2018

When there are 6 decisive chess games in 8 rounds, totaling 40 games, for a rate of 15%, maybe it is time to try a new format? When every player is guaranteed so much money, it is less of an incentive for players to take risks. And basically you will see almost the same players year after year.

Round 8
Caruana, Fabiano Anand, Viswanathan ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander So, Wesley ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar Carlsen, Magnus ½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru Karjakin, Sergey ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Aronian, Levon ½-½

Standings after 8 rounds
1 Caruana, Fabiano 5 18.5
2 Carlsen, Magnus 4.5 17.5
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 4.5 17.5
Grischuk, Alexander 4.5 17
Aronian, Levon 4.5 16.75
6 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4 16.75
Anand, Viswanathan 4 15.75
8 So, Wesley 3.5 13.5
9 Nakamura, Hikaru 3 11.5
10 Karjakin, Sergey 2.5 9.75

The Sinquefield Cup sees Magnus Carlsen and 9 more of the world's best chess players compete in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis from 18-27 August 2018.

The event is the penultimate leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour, with the tour regulars joined by wild card World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.

In addition to tour points, the chess prize fund is $300,000, with $75,000 for 1st place. Chess players receive 100 minutes for 40 chess moves then 60 minutes for the rest of the chess game, with a 30-second delay from move 1.

A tie for first place will be decided in a 2-game Rapid chess mini-match (10 min + 5 sec delay), only between the top two, and if necessary an Armageddon chess game (5 vs. 4) on 28 August at 13:00 local time.

UTC
Round 1 Aug 18, 2018 18:00
Round 2 Aug 19, 2018 18:00
Round 3 Aug 20, 2018 18:00
Round 4 Aug 21, 2018 18:00
Round 5 Aug 22, 2018 18:00
Round 6 Aug 24, 2018 18:00
Round 7 Aug 25, 2018 18:00
Round 8 Aug 26, 2018 18:00
Round 9 Aug 27, 2018 18:00

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