P Harikrishna defeated Leinier Dominiguez, earlier than settling for a draw with Alireza Firouzja.© AFP
Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna claimed a percentage of the highest place with Armenian GM Levon Aronian after posting two wins and a attract 3 rounds of speedy festival within the St Louis Fast 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 past due on Tuesday. Within the 3rd spherical, Harikrishna pulled off a victory over skilled Russian Alexander Grischuk in 41 strikes.
International champion Magnus Carlsen, the favorite to win the name, used to be 5th with 3 issues.
After a win over Hikaru Nakamura in his opener, the Norwegian went all the way down to Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second one spherical. A draw with Wesley So within the 3rd left the arena no.1 in 5th spot.
Harikrishna, coming from a excellent appearing in FIDE On-line Olympiad, outwitted the American in 51 strikes with black items, to start out his marketing campaign within the elite 10-player match.
The Indian ace will face Nepomniachtchi within the fourth spherical, adopted through video games towards Aronian and Carlsen past due on Wednesday.
In every speedy recreation, a win is price 2 issues, and a draw is price 1 level, whilst within the blitz recreation, a win is price 1 level and a draw fetches part some extent.
The 10 avid gamers are competing for a USD 250,000 prize fund in 9 speedy video games and eighteen blitz video games over 5 days of play.
The event hosted through US-based St Louis Chess Membership concludes on September 19.
Standings after 3 rounds:
1. Lev Aronian and Harikrishna five pts; three. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley So four pts; five. Magnus Carlsen three pts; 6. Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominiguez, Alireza Firouzja, Jeffery Xiong 2 pts; 10. Alexander Grischuk 1 level.
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