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Sinquefield Cup 2017 Odds

Who wins the Sinquefield Cup 2017?

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The 2017 Sinquefield Cup is an elite international event, featuring 10 of the strongest chess players in the world. Over the course of nine rounds, these competitors will battle for $300,000 in prize money, points toward the Grand Chess Tour, and the coveted title of 2017 Sinquefield Cup Champion. The tournament will take place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis between July 31 - August 12.

The first Sinquefield Cup, in 2013, was a four-player double round-robin. It was won by Magnus Carlsen, ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Gata Kamsky. The 2014 edition, a six-player double round-robin, was a historic event. The eventual winner, Fabiano Caruana, started with seven straight wins. In 2015, the winner was Levon Aronian, who finished a point ahead of four players while the winner of last edition is Wesley So.

For the 2017 edition of the tournament, the prize money remains the same. The winner will receive $75,000, the runner-up is going to earn $50,000. The less will win the players that will rank 7th to 10th: $15,000 each. Some technical details: The time control is two hours for 40 moves, then one hour for the rest of the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 41. Grand Chess Tour points will be awarded related to the tournament final standings.

The participants for this year’s event are Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruna, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave , Viswanathan Anand, Wesley So , Ian Nepomniachtchi and  Levon Aronian.  It is to notice than all 4 previous winners of the competition will fight for the title in 2017. Spectators will be happy to know that the 2017 commentary team consists of some familiar faces, along with a few new members to the team. The Saint Louis based commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. 

With Magnus Carlsen participating, the Sinquefield Cup was convincingly won by Aronian in 2015, and by Caruana in 2014. Looking a bit in the rear, Anand could also be considered "real no.2" - sure, they are behind at the moment, but Anand was world #2-4 during the second half of 2015.

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, a rank he has held for more than two years. Only 22 years old, Carlsen has experienced one of the fastest ascents to the elite stratosphere of chess, the pinnacle of which may be realized this November when he challenges World Champion Viswanathan Anand for the world title. or his Sinquefield Cup matchups, the only player he does not have a career winning record against is Gata Kamsky, who has bested Carlsen 2-1 with six draws. Carlsen has never lost to Hikaru Nakamura, winning seven times and drawing 13. He holds the lengthy series between Aronian at 7-4 with 24 draws.

Leading up to the Sinquefield Cup, Nakamura has continued his rise in strength in 2013. After winning the Biel Blitz Championship last year, he padded his blitz prowess as the Tal Memorial Blitz champion this past June – popping his FIDE blitz rating up to a career-best 2879. He surrendered defense of his 2012 U.S. Championship – a crown that has since been taken by Gata Kamsky – in lieu of the Norway Super Tournament, where he tied Carlsen for second place. Just before arriving in Saint Louis, Nakamura made a return to the sweet 16 in the 2013 FIDE World Cup.

Nakamura holds a losing record against Aronian, with three wins to five losses and seven draws; and he is tied with Kamsky with one win to one loss, with six draws. He remains winless against Carlsen, however, losing seven times in 20 games.