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
When the dust had settled the final standings looked as
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!