Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz Begins with Fabiano in Fine Form

Fabiano accepts his US Chess Grandmaster of the Year award, Photo Lennart Ootes

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz was opened on August 9, 2018 at the World Chess Hall of Fame, with our top three American players in the field, current Grand Chess Tour leader Wesley So, Paris Grand Chess Tour winner Hikaru Nakamura and our World Championship challenger, Fabiano Caruana. Relive the opening press conference on YouTube and find Chess Journalist of the Year Mike Klein’s recap here. After the press conference, Fabiano Caruana accepted his Grandmaster of the Year award, presented by US Chess.

Another highlight of the best luck wishes: “I’m gonna be the next Fabiano!”, Photo Lennart Ootes

Fabiano also  enjoyed perusing the cards signed with good luck wishes by thousands of our young chessplayers at this year’s Spring Scholastics in Columbus, Atlanta and Nashville.

Fabiano Caruana did not have good showings in the first two Rapid and Blitz events on the Grand Chess Tour, and actually came into the Saint Louis ranked at the bottom. But the World Championship contender has been working hard on his game and fitness in the last month, and he won his first three games in dazzling style to earn an impressive two point lead going into day two of the Saint Louis R+B.

If you didn’t watch the games live, challenge yourself to find Fabiano’s best continuation against Levon Aronian in this position:

Fabiano also won an incredibly rich struggle against his main rival in the tournament going into round three, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

There are still 18 blitz games and 6 rapid games in this leg of the Tour–will Fabiano channel his historic 2014 Sinquefield Cup form, or will the lead change hands? Watch it all live startingat 1:50 ET with analysis from Maurice Ashley, Yasser Seirawan and Jennifer Shahade.

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