Caruana dominates day 1 at St Louis Rapid Chess

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz chess is the third stage of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour

Standings after 3 rounds
1 Caruana, Fabiano 3 3.5
2 Karjakin, Sergey 2 2.25
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2 2.25
4 Anand, Viswanathan 1.5 2.5
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1.5 1
Nakamura, Hikaru 1.5 1
7 Aronian, Levon 1 1.5
Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1 1.5
Grischuk, Alexander 1 1.5
10 So, Wesley 0.5 1

Round 1 results
GM So, Wesley vs GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar [0-1]
GM Karjakin, Sergey vs GM Aronian, Levon [1/2-1/2]
GM Anand, Viswanathan vs GM Nakamura, Hikaru [1-0]
GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier vs GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime [1/2-1/2]
GM Grischuk, Alexander vs GM Caruana, Fabiano [0-1]

Round 2 results
GM Aronian, Levon vs GM Caruana, Fabiano [0-1]
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar vs GM Grischuk, Alexander [1/2-1/2]
GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime vs GM Anand, Viswanathan [1-0]
GM Karjakin, Sergey vs GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier [1-0]
GM Nakamura, Hikaru vs GM So, Wesley [1-0]

Round 3 results
GM Caruana, Fabiano vs GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar [1-0]
GM So, Wesley vs GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime [1/2-1/2]
GM Anand, Viswanathan vs GM Karjakin, Sergey [1/2-1/2]
GM Grischuk, Alexander vs GM Nakamura, Hikaru [1/2-1/2]
GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier vs GM Aronian, Levon [1-0]

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz chess is the third stage of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. The 10-player chess tournament takes place in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis from 11-15 August and sees tour regulars Aronian, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Karjakin, MVL, So, Mamedyarov, Grischuk and wild card Dominguez.

The chess prize fund is $150,000, with $37,500 for 1st place. The rapid section is a single round-robin with 3 rounds each day on the first 3 days at a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay from move 1. The final 2 days are a blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes + 3-second delay blitz.

Rapid chess games count double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. A tie for first place will be decided in a 2-game Rapid mini-match (10min + 5sec delay), only between the top two, and if necessary an Armageddon game (5 vs. 4). The playoff takes place shortly after the last round.

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