Meanwhile the other two games ended in draws, with Carlsen recovery some equilibrium after yesterdays loss, while Nakamrua handled his second black in a row by drawing with Vachier-Lagrave.
Even though they have yet to reach the halfway point, Caruana already looks like a lock for first place. Not only will a win here cement his place as Carlsen's biggest threat, it also sets up another possible opportunity. If FIDE do carry out their threat to strip Carlsen of his title if he does not sign a contract for a match against Anand, then a Carlsen v Caruana match might become the headline act. Not for the World Championship of course, but certainly for the title of the Worlds best player.
Caruana,Fabiano (2801) - Aronian,Levon (2805) [C84]
2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 Saint Louis USA (4.1), 30.08.2014