Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura shared first
place and both earn $31,250 after finishing locked on 6/9 at the end of the
Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX organised by the Saint Louis Chess Club. Magnus
came closest to clinching sole first place at the very end, but threw it away in a single move against Levon Aronian, while Hikaru was also upset about squandering an opening advantage in his final game against Peter Svidler. Garry Kasparov couldn’t
quite win Rook + Bishop vs. Rook against MVL, but still
finished in a respectable 8th place. (MORE LATER)

You can replay all the games from the Champions Showdown: Chess
9LX using the selector below:

And here’s the live commentary on the final day, featuring
interviews with Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Alireza Firouzja and Garry
Kasparov:

When the dust had settled the final standings looked as
followed:

For once this was a Carlsen-Nakamura deadlock that wasn’t
going to be settled by tiebreaks or Armageddon!

Come back later for quotes and analysis! 

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