The Sinquefield Cup kicked off today, and there were three winners right out of the gate with Aronian defeating Nepomniatchtchi, Karjakin taking advantage of a Svidler implosion, and the game I’m talking about here, which saw Wesley lose to MVL.
The game was the 6.a4 Italian, which seems to be surging in popularity these days.
In fact, at the Olympiad in 2016 Wesley won a very nice game in this same opening against Nepo. That game went like this:
Perhaps fearing Maxime’s prep, Wesley chose to play 8…h6 instead of 8…Ba7.
Then, on his 40th move Wesley missed 40…Kf6 and instead put his king on d8 which saw the Frenchman quickly bring home the full point.
Hopefully the number of wins in this round sets the tone for the rest of the event.