P Harikrishna defeated Lénier Dominguez, before settling for a draw with Elirza Turquoise.© AFP
Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna claimed to be part of the top spot with Armenian GM Levon Aronian after posting two wins and one draw in three rounds of fast competition in the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz online chess tournament. India started No. 2 on US Grandmaster Linear Dominguez, before settling for a draw with Iranian prodigy Alarza Turquoise in games played late on Tuesday. In the third round, Harikrishna won over veteran Russian Alexander Grisuk in 41 runs.
World winner Magnus Carlson, finished fifth with three points.
After a win over Hikaru Nakamura in their opener, Norway went on to Russia’s Ian Nepomaniachi in the second round. A draw with Wesley then left the world at No. 1 in the third to fifth place.
Coming off a good performance at the FIDE Online Olympiad, Harikrishna dismissed the American in 51 pieces with black pieces to begin his campaign in the elite 10-player event.
The Indian ace will face Nepomaniacchi in the fourth round, followed by games against Aronian and Carlson late on Wednesday.
In each rapid game, a win is worth 2 points, and a draw is worth 1 point, whereas in a blitz game, a win is worth 1 point and a draw gets half a point.
10 players are competing for USD 250,000 prize money in nine days of play and eighteen blitzes in five days of play.
The tournament, hosted by the US-based St. Louis Chess Club, will conclude on September 19.
Standings after three rounds:
1. Lev Aronian and Harikrishna 5 points; 3. Ian Nepomaniacchi and Wesley So 4 PT; 5. Magnus Carlson 3 PT; 6. Hikaru Nakamura, Lénier Domínez, Alirza Turquoise, Jeffery Xiong 2PT; 10. Alexander Grissuk 1 point.
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