The Sinquefield Cup was billed as the strongest tournament ever held on U.S. soil, and it certainly had a great claim to that crown. With both Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian participating along with the top two American players (Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky), there was plenty of strength in the field. Perhaps the only complaint some observers could have had was that there were only those four playing, but chess certainly has room for more intimate events as well as those with larger fields.

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