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Saint Louis Fast & Blitz Day 4: MVL’s 2971-Efficiency Offers Him Lead


GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave rose to the highest of the leaderboard on the 2023 Saint Louis Fast & Blitz after scoring 7/9 on the primary day of blitz chess, with a 2971 ranking efficiency. A loss in opposition to GM Ian Nepomniachtchi was the one blight on his scorecard and the outcome left him on 17/27, two factors forward of GM Fabiano Caruana and Nepomniachtchi.

Following a lackluster efficiency within the speedy phase, GM Wesley So recovered nicely on day 4 and scored 6/9, transferring him into seventh place.

The Saint Louis Fast & Blitz will proceed with rounds 10 to 18 of the blitz phase on Saturday, November 18, at 2:15 p.m. ET/20:15 CET/0:45 a.m. IST.

Standings After Blitz Day 1 














# Fed Participant Ranking Whole
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2771 17
2 Fabiano Caruana 2765 15
3

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2789 15
4 Alireza Firouzja 2742 14.5
5 Liem Le Quang 2652 13.5
6 Ray Robson 2596 13.5
7 Wesley So 2753 13
8 Anish Giri 2697 12.5
9 Sam Sevian 2581 11
10 Jeffery Xiong 2727 10

One of many distinctive points of the Saint Louis Fast & Blitz is that the time management adjustments mid-tournament, which may have large ramifications on every participant primarily based on their ability set. For Vachier-Lagrave, the swap to blitz chess was a optimistic one and, in addition to a loss to Nepomniachtchi within the second spherical, the Frenchman was unbeatable.

Vachier-Lagrave knocked over opponent after opponent on Friday. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

The explanation for a lot of of Vachier-Lagrave’s early wins got here all the way down to his potential to outplay his opponents from equal endgame positions. After GMs Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, and Ray Robson all fell on this vogue, it turned clear that the 2021 world blitz chess champion was going to be robust to defeat.

A attract spherical six with GM Jeffery Xiong slowed Vachier-Lagrave barely and even on this recreation, on the black aspect of the Grunfeld Protection, a middlegame queen sacrifice would have landed him in a profitable place.

Vachier-Lagrave’s most spectacular chess was performed throughout his round-seven matchup with So. Getting into the late middlegame with a worse place, Vachier-Lagrave determined to counterattack somewhat than grovel and used his knight pair to shred So’s kingside.

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

Nepomniachtchi joined Vachier-Lagrave as one of many gamers to learn from enjoying combating chess on Friday and all 9 of his video games have been decisive.

Nepomniachtchi had no real interest in attracts on day 4. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

Beginning with 6/7, the two-time world championship challenger seemed as if he would amass the best rating on day two, however consecutive losses to Firouzja and Giri in rounds eight and 9 compelled him to accept =2nd on each the day and total event standings.

So did not let his disappointing 3.5/9 within the speedy phase maintain him again within the blitz and the American’s 6/9 rating has seen him climb to seventh place, simply 4 factors off the lead. Ought to his kind tick over to Saturday, So might be able to make a play for the rostrum.

Suited up and prepared for blitz… So all the time clothes for the event. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

So’s video games have been maybe not as clear as he typically prefers, however the willpower to climb the leaderboard appeared to trump his want to remain true to his usually-solid fashion.

GM Fabiano Caruana, who completed day three in =2nd, was visibly disenchanted by his 5/9 rating on Friday, stating, “I did some very foolish issues,” and in addition noting that Vachier-Lagrave’s two-point lead offers him wonderful possibilities of profitable the event.

With 9 rounds remaining within the event, it seems to be a three-horse race for the title between Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, and Nepomniachtchi, with a fourth participant in Firouzja possessing an out of doors probability of a comeback. If Vachier-Lagrave is ready to preserve the momentum rolling, he will certainly take the title… although something can occur in blitz!

Find out how to watch the 2023 Saint Louis Fast & Blitz

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All Video games Day 4

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 speedy (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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