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Friday, 30 Aug 2019 19:08
Ding Liren wins Sinquefield Cup

Ding Liren scored a victory at Sinquefield Cup by beating Magnus Carlson in the tiebreak.  Both players scored 6,5 out of 11 in the tournament, with Magnus Carlsen winning the last two games against So and Vachier-Lagrave to catch leading Ding. After first two rapid games were drawn the match moved on into a blitz stage. Surprizingly enough, Ding won both blitz encounters and became the first player to defeat Carlsen in playoff sinсe 2007. The world champion was gracious after the loss admitting that the opponent "won absolutely deservedly". The Chinese GM earned $82,500 and 16.5 Grand Chess Tour points. He is now second in overall Grand Chess Tour standings (see table below).

(Photos and image courtesy of Grand Chess Tour)