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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017 (Games and Results)

Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Aronian and Kasparov meet on the final day. Photo ©

Aronian and Kasparov meet on the final day. Photo © | grandchesstour.org/2017-grand-chess-tour/stlrb

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament took place 14th to 19th August 2017. Two time controls rapid 25 minutes with a 10 second delay each move and blitz 5 minutes with a 3 second delay. Garry Kasparov plays for the first time since the 2016 Ultimate Blitz Challenge. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, David Navara, Le Quang Liem, Lenier Dominguez and Garry Kasparov.

Final combined standings (rapid games counted double): Aronian 24.5, Karjakin 21.5, Nakamura 21.5, Nepomniachtchi 20, Dominguez Perez 16.5, Caruana 16.5, Le 16.5, Kasparov 16, Anand 14 and Navara 13.

Levon Aronian won the event winning the rapid section and day two of the blitz. Aronian was chased hard by Sergey Karjakin after he scored an explosive 8/9 on the first day of the blitz.

Garry Kasparov drew all his games on day one of the rapid and had a respectable final day of the blitz where he was joint 2nd highest scorer but in between it was a story of missed opportunities and lack of sharpness, his loss to Navara from a winning position in the rapid was particularly painful. It would be a shame if Kasparov didn't play again while he is still capable of a better than decent standard. The late games of former world champions facing players from much later generations has always provided some pleasure. I think in particular of Lasker's forced return in the 1930s. This was a respectable enough result from Kasparov in an extremely strong field.

Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017 (Saint Louis USA)
Sun 13th Aug 2017 - Sat 19th Aug 2017 - Official Site

Saint Louis Rapid 2017 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

Saint Louis Blitz 2017 (10 players 18 Rds DRR Indiv TC:5m+3spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

Saint Louis Rapid 2017 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

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Saint Louis Rapid 2017 Saint Louis (USA), 13-19 viii 2017 cat. XXI (2773)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2799 * ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 6 2895
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2792 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 2851
3. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2807 0 ½ * ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 2849
4. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2751 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 2818
5. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2739 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 2777
6. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2739 1 1 1 ½ 0 * 0 0 ½ 0 4 2734
7. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2773 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 0 4 2730
8. Kasparov, Garry g RUS 2812 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 2688
9. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 2692
10. Navara, David g CZE 2737 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 0 * 2697
Round 1 (August 14, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Navara, David 1-0 31 E15 Queens Indian
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 51 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Le, Quang Liem - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 53 D20 QGA
Kasparov, Garry - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 44 E34 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 46 C50 Giuoco Piano
Round 2 (August 14, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 63 A34 English Symmetrical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 77 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 43 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Karjakin, Sergey - Le, Quang Liem 1-0 69 C50 Giuoco Piano
Navara, David - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 38 D20 QGA
Round 3 (August 14, 2017)
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 32 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Navara, David ½-½ 21 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Le, Quang Liem - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 75 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Kasparov, Garry - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 29 D53 Queens Gambit
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 0-1 39 C50 Giuoco Piano
Round 4 (August 15, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 42 A45 Trompowsky
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 92 A06 Zukertort Opening
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 43 C45 Scotch Game
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Le, Quang Liem 1-0 45 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Navara, David - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 40 E15 Queens Indian
Round 5 (August 15, 2017)
Caruana, Fabiano - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 57 D35 QGD Exchange
Le, Quang Liem - Aronian, Levon 1-0 45 A56 Old Indian Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 44 A07 Barcza System
Kasparov, Garry - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 37 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Anand, Viswanathan - Navara, David 1-0 62 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 6 (August 15, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 52 A29 English Four Knights
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 71 C45 Scotch Game
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 43 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 31 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Navara, David - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 71 E62 King's Indian 6...Nc6
Round 7 (August 16, 2017)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 42 A06 Zukertort Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 32 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Le, Quang Liem - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 43 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Aronian, Levon 0-1 53 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Kasparov, Garry - Navara, David 0-1 50 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Round 8 (August 16, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 36 A13 Reti Opening
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 28 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Kasparov, Garry - Le, Quang Liem 1-0 41 E35 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 30 C42 Petroff's Defence
Navara, David - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 45 D35 QGD Exchange
Round 9 (August 16, 2017)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1-0 89 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Caruana, Fabiano - Kasparov, Garry 1-0 50 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Aronian, Levon 0-1 52 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Le, Quang Liem - Navara, David 0-1 68 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 37 C50 Giuoco Piano

Saint Louis Blitz 2017 (10 players 18 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 5m+3spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

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Saint Louis Blitz 2017 Saint Louis USA (USA), 13-19 viii 2017 cat. XXI (2773)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2773 * * ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 13.5 2966
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2799 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 12.5 2911
3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2792 0 1 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 2828
4. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2751 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 10.0 2818
5. Kasparov, Garry g RUS 2812 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 9.0 2768
6. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2739 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 8.5 2756
7. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2739 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 2720
8. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * * ½ ½ ½ 0 7.0 2692
9. Navara, David g CZE 2737 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ * * 0 0 6.0 2652
10. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2807 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 * * 5.5 2628
Round 1 (August 17, 2017)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 63 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Kasparov, Garry - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 60 C33 Kings Bishops Gambit
Le, Quang Liem - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 61 D00 Queen's Pawn Game
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Navara, David 1-0 37 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Anand, Viswanathan - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 63 B09 Pirc Defence
Round 2 (August 17, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 41 D00 Queen's Pawn Game
Aronian, Levon - Navara, David ½-½ 147 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 88 A06 Zukertort Opening
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 47 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 A09 Reti Opening
Round 3 (August 17, 2017)
Kasparov, Garry - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 40 C11 French Defence
Le, Quang Liem - Aronian, Levon 0-1 68 A56 Old Indian Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 51 B91 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.g3
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Navara, David - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 55 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Round 4 (August 17, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 25 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 71 A30 English Symmetrical
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Navara, David 1-0 48 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Le, Quang Liem - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 57 A45 Trompowsky
Caruana, Fabiano - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 22 A13 Reti Opening
Round 5 (August 17, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1-0 61 A04 Dutch System
Kasparov, Garry - Le, Quang Liem 0-1 31 C45 Scotch Game
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 62 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 0-1 41 C90 Ruy Lopez
Navara, David - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 34 A20 English Opening
Round 6 (August 17, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1-0 58 A45 Trompowsky
Nakamura, Hikaru - Navara, David 1-0 39 A01 Larsen Opening
Le, Quang Liem - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 44 D00 Queen's Pawn Game
Anand, Viswanathan - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 56 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 26 A45 Trompowsky
Round 7 (August 17, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 56 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 47 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Kasparov, Garry - Aronian, Levon 0-1 36 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 28 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Navara, David - Le, Quang Liem 1-0 33 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 8 (August 17, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 34 A20 English Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 31 A05 Various
Kasparov, Garry - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 62 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein
Le, Quang Liem - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 53 D35 QGD Exchange
Anand, Viswanathan - Navara, David ½-½ 40 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Round 9 (August 17, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 63 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 59 A35 English Symmetrical
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Aronian, Levon 0-1 57 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Navara, David - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 32 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 66 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 10 (August 18, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Kasparov, Garry 1-0 38 A01 Larsen Opening
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 15 A07 Barcza System
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 29 C22 Centre Gambit
Navara, David - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 55 D35 QGD Exchange
Caruana, Fabiano - Le, Quang Liem 0-1 59 A30 English Symmetrical
Round 11 (August 18, 2017)
Kasparov, Garry - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 27 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Le, Quang Liem - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 57 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 33 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 32 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Navara, David - Aronian, Levon 1-0 46 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Round 12 (August 18, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Navara, David 0-1 43 B10 Caro Kann
Aronian, Levon - Le, Quang Liem 1-0 38 A45 Trompowsky
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 52 A06 Zukertort Opening
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 63 A08 Barcza System
Caruana, Fabiano - Kasparov, Garry 0-1 65 B23 Sicilian Closed
Round 13 (August 18, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 43 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Kasparov, Garry - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 44 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 54 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Anand, Viswanathan - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 46 C50 Giuoco Piano
Navara, David - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 40 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 14 (August 18, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 28 D79 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Nakamura, Hikaru - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 43 E06 Catalan
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 52 C50 Giuoco Piano
Le, Quang Liem - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 53 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Caruana, Fabiano - Navara, David 1-0 31 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Round 15 (August 18, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 39 A01 Larsen Opening
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Aronian, Levon 0-1 53 A29 English Four Knights
Kasparov, Garry - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 27 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 78 C50 Giuoco Piano
Navara, David - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 82 E62 King's Indian 6...Nc6
Round 16 (August 18, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Kasparov, Garry ½-½ 20 A49 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 53 A29 English Four Knights
Le, Quang Liem - Navara, David 1-0 37 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 47 C53 Giuoco Piano
Caruana, Fabiano - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 38 B23 Sicilian Closed
Round 17 (August 18, 2017)
Karjakin, Sergey - Le, Quang Liem 1-0 55 C50 Giuoco Piano
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 41 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Kasparov, Garry 0-1 48 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Navara, David - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 33 A33 English Symmetrical
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 0-1 47 A13 Reti Opening
Round 18 (August 18, 2017)
Aronian, Levon - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 44 D00 Queen's Pawn Game
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 91 A06 Zukertort Opening
Kasparov, Garry - Navara, David ½-½ 39 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Le, Quang Liem - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 45 A85 Dutch
Anand, Viswanathan - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 36 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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