At the end of another thrilling day of chess, Hikaru Nakamura was crowned the champion of the 2021 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz. The American speed demon demonstrated impressive form throughout the event and will take home $37,500.00 for his efforts.
The first day of blitz was a roller coaster day for many players, but the clear storyline was the dominance of Hikaru Nakamura. After 9 blitz games, he now sits with 18 total points and remains at the top of the leaderboard.
At the end of a dramatic final day of rapid chess, Hikaru Nakamura has emerged as the new tournament leader. With excellent opening preparation, tactical precision, and clever resourcefulness, the American grandmaster remains the only competitor to have not lost a single game thus far.
After another exciting day of chess, Fabiano Caruana has emerged as the sole leader. Despite losing his round 4 game to Sam Shankland, Caruana came roaring back. He defeated compatriots Leinier Dominguez and Wesley So and now sits atop the leaderboard with 9 points.