Americans Abroad: So Advances in Riga, Dominguez Dominates in Dortmund

Wesley So advanced to the semi-finals of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia today, defeating Sergey Karjakin in blitz tiebreaks. Karjakin and So drew their two classical games yesterday, and four rapid (two G/25+10 and two G/10+10) games today, before So could break through in the first blitz (G/5+3) game

So then held with the Black pieces in the second game of the blitz mini-match to advance to the semis, where he will play Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will meet Alexander Grischuk in the other semi-final bracket.

Complete Round 2 Results:

So – Karjakin 4.5 – 3.5
Mamedyarov – Duda 2.5 – 1.5
Yu Yangyi – Grischuk 1.5 – 2.5
Vachier-Lagrave – Topalov 1.5 – 0.5


Meanwhile, Leinier Dominguez stands at +2 (3/4) in the 2019 Dortmund Sparkassen tournament. In today’s fourth round, which is still underway as this goes to press, Dominguez drew Teimour Radjabov with the white pieces. In yesterday’s game (seen above) Dominguez defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in just 25 moves.

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


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