Harikrishna stays in fifth place; Wesley So goes on high

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Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna maintained his joint fifth place within the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz on-line chess event at the same time as American Wesley So climbed to the highest spot forward of world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Competing within the last three rounds of the Rapid occasion, Harikrishna began effectively with a win over American player Jeffery Xiong in 66 strikes. After a draw towards one other US player Hikaru Nakamura, the India no. was outlasted by So in 69 strikes on Thursday.

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The win allowed So to take the lead after 9 rounds of the Rapid competition with two days of Blitz occasions to return. Carlsen crashed to a 46-move defeat by the hands of Russian Alexander Grischuk.

So is in sole lead with 13 factors adopted by Carlsen (12) and the 2 Russians Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk on 10.

After a vivid begin to his campaign with two victories on the opening day, Harikrishna may handle just one further win in his different six games, that pushed him to the center of the factors desk.Also sharing fifth place with the Indian are Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura.

The event continues on Friday and Saturday with Blitz games.

In every fast game, a win fetches a player two factors whereas a draw will get him one level. In every blitz game, a win is value one level and a draw will get a player half level.

The 10 players are competing for USD 250,000 prize pursein 9 fast games and eighteen blitz games over 5 days of play.

The event hosted by US-based St Louis Chess Club concludes on September 19.

Standings after Rapid occasion: 1. Wesley So (13 factors), 2. Magnus Carlsen (12 factors), 3. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk (10 factors); 5 P Harikrishna, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura (9 factors), 8. Jeffery Xiong (7 factors); 9. Leinier Dominiguez (Eight factors); 10. Alireza Firouzja (5 factors).

[Attribution HT.]

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