St Louis Rapid on-line chess: Harikrishna in joint lead after Three rounds


Chennai, September 16

Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna claimed a share of the highest place with Armenian GM Levon Aronian after posting two wins and a attract three rounds of speedy competitors within the St Louis Rapid and Blitz on-line chess event.

The India No.2 began with a win over US Grandmaster Leinier Dominiguez, earlier than settling for a draw with Iranian prodigy Alireza Firouzja in video games performed late on Tuesday.

In the third spherical, Harikrishna pulled off a victory over skilled Russian Alexander Grischuk in 41 strikes.

World champion Magnus Carlsen, the favorite to win the title, was fifth with three factors.

After a win over Hikaru Nakamura in his opener, the Norwegian went all the way down to Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi within the second spherical. A draw with Wesley So within the third left the World No.1 in fifth spot.

Harikrishna, coming from an excellent exhibiting in FIDE Online Olympiad, outwitted the American in 51 strikes with black items, to start his marketing campaign within the elite 10-player occasion.

The Indian ace will face Nepomniachtchi within the fourth spherical, adopted by video games in opposition to Aronian and Carlsen late on Wednesday.

In every speedy recreation, a win is value 2 factors, and a draw is value 1 level, whereas within the blitz recreation, a win is value 1 level and a draw fetches half a degree.

The 10 gamers are competing for a USD 2,50,000 prize fund in 9 speedy video games and eighteen blitz video games over 5 days of play.

The event hosted by US-based St Louis Chess Club concludes on September 19.

Standings after three rounds:

1.       Lev Aronian and Harikrishna 5 pts; 3. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley So four pts; 5. Magnus Carlsen Three pts; 6. Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominiguez, Alireza Firouzja, Jeffery Xiong 2 pts; 10. Alexander Grischuk 1 level. PTI



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