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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Tournament

Alireza Firouzja20.5/27(+15 -1 =11)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura17.5/27(+14 -6 =7)[games]
Fabiano Caruana15/27(+10 -7 =10)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi13.5/27(+5 -5 =17)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave13.5/27(+5 -5 =17)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov13/27(+9 -10 =8)[games]
Levon Aronian13/27(+6 -7 =14)[games]
Jeffery Xiong12.5/27(+7 -9 =11)[games]
Sam Shankland8.5/27(+2 -12 =13)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez8/27(+4 -15 =8)[games] Chess Event Description
Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz (2022)

Name: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Site: Saint Louis, MO USA Event Date: August 24 - 31, 2022 Format: 10-Player Round-Robin (Rapid) 10-Player Double Round-Robin (Blitz) Time Control: 25 minutes and 10-second increment (Rapid) 5 minutes and 2-second increment (Blitz)

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Xiong vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½572022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. Caruana vs Shankland  ½-½1182022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Dominguez Perez vs Nakamura  1-0662022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Firouzja vs Mamedyarov 1-0462022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzA20 English
5. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½452022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. Nakamura vs Firouzja 0-1492022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzA06 Reti Opening
7. Nepomniachtchi vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½542022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. Mamedyarov vs Aronian  ½-½342022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Xiong vs Caruana  1-0752022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzA22 English
10. Shankland vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½482022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzA33 English, Symmetrical
11. Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov  1-0572022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Dominguez Perez vs Xiong  ½-½642022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzB33 Sicilian
13. Firouzja vs Shankland ½-½532022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Aronian vs Nakamura 0-1292022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzA28 English
15. Caruana vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½872022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. Shankland vs Aronian  ½-½542022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. Nepomniachtchi vs Mamedyarov 1-0392022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½702022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzB54 Sicilian
19. Caruana vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½452022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC42 Petrov Defense
20. Xiong vs Firouzja  ½-½432022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC47 Four Knights
21. Dominguez Perez vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½592022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC42 Petrov Defense
22. Firouzja vs Caruana 0-1262022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. Aronian vs Xiong  ½-½432022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC42 Petrov Defense
24. Vachier-Lagrave vs Shankland  ½-½732022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Mamedyarov vs Nakamura  ½-½722022Saint Louis Rapid & BlitzD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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Aug-30-22  Saniyat24: <Nepo plays without the Russian flag, but where is he sleeping at night?> in a five-star hotel, will be my guess...! :D
Aug-30-22  nok: Fischerian stuff from Alireza rn


Aug-30-22  fisayo123: Firouzja handing out a lesson to the world's elite.
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  MissScarlett: There's a missing Alireza - MVL game from the rapid section.
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  petemcd85: <MissScarlett: There's a missing Alireza - MVL game from the rapid section.>

Thank you for letting us know. It's uploaded now

Aug-30-22  fisayo123: One of the most dominant blitz performances ever and 26/36 in this format is bananas. Remember, he's only still 19 years old.
Aug-30-22  tuttifrutty: Yeah, but Remember, Wesley So is not in the line up. Once they meet next month, the result will be so much different. …I’ll be coming back to say…I told you So.
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  OhioChessFan: **Coming Soon! **

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  perfidious: <Troller>, <tolengoof> was blown out after his herculean labours of bygone days, but as you say, appears to have regained his zest for horsebleep.
Aug-31-22  thebully99: Firouzja's blitz score is the second-highest out of all blitz round-robins, behind Fischer 1970. He also carries the biggest victory margin in a GCT R&B tournament.

In terms of his victory margin in the blitz section, he's 15/18 +1 over Nakamura's 14/18 who is +3 ahead of Caruana's 11/18. Carlsen and Fischer achieved +4.5 margins ahead of 2nd place, at their most dominant.

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  HeMateMe: He's Nak 2.0?
Aug-31-22  fisayo123: Still not a complete list of games. Here we go again.
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  Atterdag: These anachronistic comparisons will never stop. Now Firouzja is the new Fischer. Well, in this tournament. A couple of months ago, in the Candidates, not so much. But memory is short, and new sensations are in high demand. But yes, he is the man of the hour and the young man deserves high praise for his great victory.
Aug-31-22  fisayo123: <atterdag> He was just like Fischer was in his first 2 Candidates . Are you forgetting Fischer was a flop?
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  Atterdag: <fisayo123> No I don't forget that, but what is your point? That history inevitably repeats itself through two different indivials in two very different eras?
Aug-31-22  Saniyat24: This is a sensational recap by GothamChess...had to share...
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  MissScarlett: <Still not a complete list of games. Here we go again.> How so?
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  Check It Out: Ferocious Firouzja only lost one game out of 24 against these vheavy wights. The fact that it was rapid and blitz makes it even more impressive.
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: <Still not a complete list of games. Here we go again.> How so?>

Draws were replayed, and scored ¼ point.

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  MissScarlett: Thankfully untrue, otherwise we might have seen Jeffrey Xiong, drawn and quartered.
Sep-02-22  Rdb: <fisayo123: Still not a complete list of games>

Yes, every player played 27 games (9 rapid and 18 blitz) but here only 24 of those 27 games are shown


Sep-02-22  AdolfoAugusto: Let's see how Wesley plays in this upcoming event
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  diceman: <MissScarlett: <Still not a complete list of games. Here we go again.> How so?>

Shouldn't there be 27 games per player?

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  MissScarlett: Leave it with me....
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  PawnSac: Firouzja tears it up, and our would-be future world champion isn't even in the top 3.
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