Five-time United States champion Hikaru Nakamura sustained his fiery run to rule the 2021 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz on Sunday, August 15 (Monday, August 16, Philippine time).
In contrast, reigning US champion Wesley So groped for form and settled for fourth place in the $150,000 (P7.5 million) event held over the board at the Saint Louis Chess Club in Missouri.
Fabiano Caruana, Team USA’s board 1 player, swept So in their three encounters and finished second over Hungarian Richard Rapport.
Nakamura led throughout and emerged unbeaten in 27 games to tally 24 points out of a perfect 36 and beat Caruana by 3 points for the $37,000 winner’s purse.
Caruana’s effort was worth $25,000, while Rapport bagged $20,000 in the 10-man event, part of the Grand Chess Tour.
The Cavite-born So, who could only score 4.5 points out of a perfect 9 in the last day of play, pocketed $15,000.
Vietnamese ace Le Quang Liem, runner-up to So in the recent Chessable Masters, placed 5th with 17.5 points and netted $12,500.
Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov tallied 17 points for joint sixth with American Leinier Dominguez.
Russian Peter Svidler posted 16 points to wind up ahead of Americans Jeffery Xiong (15 points) and Sam Shankland (14.5). – Rappler.com