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Caruana Wins Saint Louis Fast & Blitz After Miracle Maintain: Flash Report

GM Fabiano Caruana received the 2023 Saint Louis Fast & Blitz by half a degree after securing a draw with second-placed GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave within the remaining spherical. Caruana’s 6/9 rating on Saturday allowed him to overhaul Vachier-Lagrave, whose 3.5/9 was in stark distinction to his day-four efficiency. It was nonetheless sufficient to seize second place and $30,000.

For his successful efforts, Caruana received $40,000 and 13 Grand Chess Tour factors, that means that even a mediocre efficiency within the remaining leg of the tour, the Sinquefield Cup, will see him take the highest prize.

Last Standings

# Fed Participant Score Complete
1 Fabiano Caruana 2765 21
2 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2771 20.5
3-4 Liem Le 2652 20

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2789 20
5 Alireza Firouzja 2742 18.5
6-7 Wesley So 2753 17
6-7 Ray Robson 2596 17
8 Sam Sevian 2581 16.5
9 Anish Giri 2697 16
10 Jeffery Xiong 2727 13.5

Caruana was the primary to confess that Vachier-Lagrave “had a really sturdy place to win the event” following the Frenchman’s dominant efficiency over the primary 9 rounds of blitz, although he did chorus from assigning any certainty to this in his day-four interview.

Caruana stored issues candid within the interview room on the Saint Louis Chess Membership over the course of the occasion. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

Little did Caruana know, however by the ultimate spherical of the occasion, he would maintain a half-point lead over Vachier-Lagrave AND obtain the white items towards his adversary to find out the 2023 Saint Louis Fast & Blitz champion.

The standings heading into spherical 18. Picture: Saint Louis Chess Membership/YouTube.

Whereas drawing odds with the white items could be thought-about an immense benefit in classical chess, time administration and nerves stage the enjoying subject considerably in blitz. With clear convictions, Vachier-Lagrave’s weapon of alternative was the Semi-Slav Protection: Important Line, Semi-Meran Variation and regardless of the queens being exchanged, sufficient imbalance remained to go away all three outcomes doable.

Because the gamers labored in direction of the endgame it all of the sudden felt that Vachier-Lagrave was urgent. Seconds left on the clock meant the gamers had little or no time to calculate deeply and desperation kicked in for Caruana after his opponent received a pawn.

Scramble alert! This photograph was taken moments after the mud settled. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

Hanging on for a miracle, Caruana’s prayers had been answered as Vachier-Lagrave misplayed with 57…Re2??, permitting his rook to get trapped! The sport was nonetheless drawn when all was mentioned and performed, however for the world number-two, a draw could not get any sweeter.

Our Sport of the Day has been annotated by GM Rafael Leitao beneath.

Losses in rounds 10 and 11 to GMs Liem Le and Ian Nepomniachtchi had been the beginning of Vachier-Lagrave’s downfall and the outcomes diminished his result in simply half a degree. The fault barely lay with the previous world blitz champion although as he was subjected to a number of dazzling tactical photographs, seen particularly in his sport with Nepomniachtchi.

A win over GM Alireza Firouzja in spherical 12 was the final win that Vachier-Lagrave would find yourself scoring and this droop allowed Caruana to take management.

Successful is not all the pieces. Vachier-Lagrave’s second-place end nonetheless made this a superb occasion for him. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

Though Caruana’s 11/18 would not have the identical ring as 7/9 or 15/18 scores (the latter of which was Firouzja’s astonishing outcome within the blitz within the 2022 version), it reveals the significance of consistency over your complete occasion.

Regardless of having a disappointing event by his lofty requirements, Firouzja was constant sufficient to come back fifth and earn $15,000. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

No successful efficiency is full and not using a few excellent video games, although, and Caruana’s 50-move endurance check towards Giri was one in all these. Within the Sicilian Protection: Canal Variation, Caruana borrowed an concept from AntipovKevlishvili that we coated a number of weeks in the past in the course of the 2023 Collegiate Chess League.

The highest-scoring participant on the ultimate day with 6.5/9 was Le, and his 11/18 efficiency within the blitz ended up netting him third place general and a $25,000 sum. Although the center part of the event was grueling for the Vietnamese GM, having one of the best rating on day one and day 5 introduced his event full circle.

With the velocity chess coming to a halt in St. Louis, eyes flip to the 2023 Sinquefield Cup, which can begin on November 21. Six of the gamers from the fast and blitz occasion might be again up whereas GMs Levon Aronian, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Leinier Dominguez, and Richard Rapport will jet in to vie for a chunk of the $350,000 prize fund.

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The 2023 Saint Louis Fast & Blitz is the fourth leg of the 2023 Grand Chess Tour and the final of its velocity chess occasions. Gamers compete in a 10-player fast (25+10) round-robin and a 10-player blitz (5+2) double round-robin for his or her share of a $175,000 prize fund. 

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