St. Louis Rapid and Blitz: Aronian clinches, barely

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8/14/2019 – Levon Aronian won the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament despite losing his last round game against former leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The French grandmaster ended up sharing second place with Yu Yangyi and Ding Liren — the Chinese duo had a strong showing at the blitz, as they got the best scores in the last two days of action (11½ out of 18, the same score obtained by Sergey Karjakin). World champion Magnus Carlsen finished in sixth place but still leads the overall GCT standings. Express report. | Photo: Austin Fuller / Grand Chess Tour

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Aronian outlasts Vachier-Lagrave

Back in 2017, at the semi-finals of the World Cup in Tbilisi, Levon Aronian eliminated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a thrilling Armageddon finale, thus stopping the Frenchman from reaching the Candidates Tournament. In Saint Louis, the Armenian also surpassed his colleague (and friend) in the final day of Blitz. Aronian caught up with the then-leader in round twelve and took advantage of Vachier-Lagrave's three straight losses in rounds 14-16 to take the lead. 

The eventual winner of the event reached the final round a point ahead of Yu Yangyi and 1½ points ahead of Vachier-Lagrave and Ding Liren. 'MVL' in fact defeated Aronian, but Yu Yangyi only drew tail-ender Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, which meant the Armenian finished in first place half a point ahead of Vachier-Lagrave and the two Chinese players (Ding Liren also won in round eighteen).

Sergey Karjakin finished in fifth place, after scoring 11½/18 in the Blitz.

Games and commentary

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Results of Rounds 9-18

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Final standings

Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2019

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Final rapid standings

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Final blitz standings

 

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Schedule

All times in UTC.

Rapid

Time (CDT)

August 10

August 11

August 12

1:00 PM

Round 1

Round 4

Round 7

2:30 PM

Round 2

Round 5

Round 8

4:00 PM

Round 3

Round 6

Round 9

Blitz

Time (CDT)

August 13

Time (CDT)

August 14

1:00 PM

Round 1

1:00 PM

Round 10

1:30 PM

Round 2

1:30 PM

Round 11

2:00 PM

Round 3

2:00 PM

Round 12

2:30 PM

Round 4

2:30 PM

Round 13

3:00 PM

Round 5

3:00 PM

Round 14

3:30 PM

Round 6

3:30 PM

Round 15

4:00 PM

Round 7

4:00 PM

Round 16

4:30 PM

Round 8

4:30 PM

Round 17

5:00 PM

Round 9

5:00 PM

Round 18

 

 

5:30 PM

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Fianshetto Fianshetto 8/15/2019 07:56
Couldn't agree more Lilloso!
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 8/14/2019 12:51
Chess has never flourish as it is now...except in the Philippines. Needs Government support. Calling Presxident Duterte.
Lilloso Lilloso 8/13/2019 10:22
Amusing ! M. Carlsen retained twice his title of worldchampion through rapid games and has been defeated in rapid games by S. Karjakin and F. Caruana in St Louis.
Peter B Peter B 8/13/2019 07:42
I don't think a rapid/blitz event has any bearing on Carlsen's run of tournament wins.
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