Harikrishna finishes seventh; Carlsen and So emerge joint winners

Chennai, September 20

A below-par efficiency in Blitz-2, through which he managed solely three factors from 9 rounds, noticed Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna end joint seventh within the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz on-line chess event.

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and American Wesley So completed joint winners.

Harikrishna’s solitary win on the ultimate day of the event got here towards American Jeffrey Xiong, the bottom rated participant within the subject, as he suffered 4 losses to go along with three attracts. He was tied for seventh place with Xiong.

The India No. 2, who had pulled off an upset win over Carlsen in Blitz-1, couldn’t reproduce the great type and went right down to the Norwegian world champion within the sixth spherical of Blitz-2 in a 47-move encounter.

He had began nicely within the Rapid, securing 9 factors however may win solely 3.5 and three factors in Blitz-1 and Blitz-2, respectively.

Carlsen, who was not in his common dominant type, opened the Blitz-2 with a defeat by the hands of Hikaru Nakamura (USA) however did what was wanted to safe the highest spot with So. He posted three wins to go along with 5 attracts to complete with 24 factors.

Carlsen and So obtained USD 45,000 every for his or her efforts.

Nakamura took the third spot with 21 factors and earned USD 35,000.

Harikrishna’s share of the seventh place earned him USD 14,000 within the event hosted by US-based St Louis Chess Club.

A win in a fast recreation was value 2 factors, a draw one level. In every blitz recreation, a win was value one level and a draw gave half a degree.

Final standings (Rapid, Blitz-1 and Blitz-2): 1. Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Wesley So (USA) 24 factors, 3. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 21 factors, 4. Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia) 18.5 factors, 6. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) 18 factors, 7. Jeffery Xiong (USA) and P Harikrishna (India) 15.5 factors, 9. Alireza Firouzja (Iran) and Leinier Dominiguez (USA) 12.5 factors. PTI

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