Grand Chess Tour - St Louis Rapid and Blitz
Posted: 09 August 2019 01:12 PM  
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Posted: 10 August 2019 06:27 PM   [ # 1 ]  
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Day 1 was a rollercoaster!
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Posted: 11 August 2019 06:26 PM   [ # 2 ]  
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Day 2

The fall of god!
Carlsen lost two games in a row - which is something very unusual!
Aronian won a game and drew two games, maintaining the lead, but MVL got very close to the Armenian, beating Ding in Round 6.

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Posted: 12 August 2019 06:06 PM   [ # 3 ]  
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Round 9 saw a dramatic fight for first place, between Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Carlsen continued his struggle to find his best form, but despite winning the first game today, then he lost the second and drew the third. At the end of the day, MVL and Aronian finished with 13 points.
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Posted: 13 August 2019 06:44 PM   [ # 4 ]  
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Day 4

Blitz is a different game. And when the strongest Blitz player ever manages to collect 50% of the available points, everything can happen.
Carlsen has made us all think he is invincible, especially when it comes to playing Blitz. Well, there is a piece of breaking news: Carlsen is human. And even he, the strongest player ever - at least in the modern era - can go into an event and just play badly.
With Carlsen out of the contest, the fight for the final victory seems to be restricted to three gladiators: the super-strong Frenchmen with two surnames, the Armenian wizard and the Chinese star Ding Liren.
In Blitz, the players get one point for the win and half a point for the draw. Looking at the standings, with 9 rounds to go (tomorrow), these three are the ones to keep an eye on for the final triumph.

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Posted: 14 August 2019 06:50 PM   [ # 5 ]  
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Day 5

Levon Aronian is the winner of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz Grand Chess Tour event!

The Azeri chess genius held tight in Blitz, scoring 50%, which allowed him to keep the lead until the end of a crazy fifth day.
MVL, who was there with him or immediately behind for most of the event, went down scoring 8.5/18, that’s quite uncharacteristic for such a super-strong Blitz player.
The two Chinese super-GMs - Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi - scored 11.5/18, and finished tied for second, together with the Frenchman.
A ruffled Magnus Carlsen continued his disastrous tournament, scoring what is probably one of the worst performance in the last decade for him, 50% in Rapid and 50% in Blitz. 
Garry Kasparov, during his participation in the live commentary at the St. Louis Chess Club (via Skype), hinted that the players are overworked, given the horrible level of play in this event.
And just to rest up a bit, in two days the gang will be playing “normal” chess, in the much-awaited Sinquefield Cup!

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