St. Louis Rapid & Blitz: Carlsen and So share first place

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9/19/2020 – The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is being held online and showcases some of the world’s top rapid and blitz players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and a few of the American favourites — Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez and Jeffery Xiong. The ten players are competing for a $250,000 prize fund in nine rapid games and eighteen blitz games on September 15-19. Games start daily at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CET, 14:00 ET). Express report. | Images: Saint Louis Chess Club

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Blitz - Day 2

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz is a rapid round-robin and blitz double round-robin tournament. In each rapid game, a win is worth 2 points, a draw is worth 1 point and a loss is worth 0 points. In each blitz game, a win is worth 1 point, a draw is worth ½ point and a loss is worth 0 points.

  • The rapid time control is 25 minutes per game, with a 5-second increment from move one (G/25+5).
  • The blitz time control is 5 minutes per game, with a 3-second increment from move one (G/5+3).

Full report will follow shortly

Previous reports: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Final standings

Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2020

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Live games and commentary


Commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade

Final standings - Blitz


Final standings - Rapid



Games start daily at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CET, 14:00 ET)

  • September 15-17: Rapid (3 rounds per day)
  • September 18-19: Blitz (9 rounds per day)


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Gerald C Gerald C 9/20/2020 01:48
Marvellous Wesley So who won in the last round while Magnus Carlsen was satisfied with a quick draw !
tomk4 tomk4 9/19/2020 08:27
The focus is bad. This does not happen with other sources, eg. youtube. Otherwise the presentation is very good.
Peter B Peter B 9/16/2020 04:22
I'm not sure if this is his first tournament back, but it's great to see Aronian playing again. I wish him all the best.