P Harikrishna defeated Leinier Dominiguez, earlier than settling for a draw with Alireza Firouzja.© AFP
Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna claimed a share of the highest place with Armenian GM Levon Aronian after posting two wins and a attract three rounds of speedy competitors within the St Louis Rapid and Blitz on-line chess tournament. 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 late on Tuesday. In the third spherical, Harikrishna pulled off a victory over skilled Russian Alexander Grischuk in 41 strikes.
World champion Magnus Carlsen, the favorite to win the title, was fifth with three factors.
After a win over Hikaru Nakamura in his opener, the Norwegian went all the way down to Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi within the second spherical. A draw with Wesley So within the third left the world no.1 in fifth spot.
Harikrishna, coming from a great displaying in FIDE Online Olympiad, outwitted the American in 51 strikes with black items, to start his marketing campaign within the elite 10-player occasion.
The Indian ace will face Nepomniachtchi within the fourth spherical, adopted by video games towards Aronian and Carlsen late on Wednesday.
In every speedy recreation, a win is value 2 factors, and a draw is value 1 level, whereas within the blitz recreation, a win is value 1 level and a draw fetches half some extent.
The 10 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 match hosted by US-based St Louis Chess Club concludes on September 19.
Standings after three rounds:
1. Lev Aronian and Harikrishna 5 pts; 3. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley So four pts; 5. Magnus Carlsen Three pts; 6. Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominiguez, Alireza Firouzja, Jeffery Xiong 2 pts; 10. Alexander Grischuk 1 level.
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