Americans Abroad – Riga GP and Dortmund

While the U.S. Junior, Girls, and Senior Championships are dominating America’s chess attention these days, our elite players are elsewhere, doing battle across the globe. Here’s an update on how three of our very top GMs are doing in the Riga FIDE Grand Prix and the 47th Dortmund GM tournament.

So advances in Riga; Nakamura loses to Topalov

Fresh off their appearance in the Croatia stop of the Grand Chess Tour, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So are in Latvia for the FIDE Riga Grand Prix. The event is a sixteen person player knockout, and today’s rapid playoff completed the first round of play.

So-Harikrishna (photo Niki Riga / World Chess)

Wesley So is through to the second round after defeating Pentala Harikrishna in the rapid playoff, winning with the white pieces and then drawing with black. He advances to play Sergey Karjakin beginning tomorrow in Round 2.

Nakamura-Topalov (photo Niki Riga / World Chess)

Hikaru Nakamura was not so lucky, falling to Veselin Topalov in the second game of their rapid playoff. Topalov will play Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tomorrow.

Alexander Grischuk (photo Niki Riga / World Chess)

Alexander Grischuk advanced with this sparkling attacking win over Nikita Vitiugov.

Pairings for Round 2: Karjakin-So, Duda-Mamedyarov, Grischuk-Yu, and Topalov-MVL.

Dominguez Cracks Top 10 in Dortmund

Meanwhile, Leinier Dominguez is the second seed in the Dortmund Sparkassen GM round-robin (Dortmund, Germany, July 13-21). He is tied for first place with Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Richard Rapport, and Teimour Radjabov after two rounds at 1.5/2.

Dominguez defeated Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in the first round, and in the process, he (at least temporarily) moved into the world’s top ten on the live rating list.

CLO will have updates on both events in the coming days.

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