Flash Report: Dominant Firouzja Clinches Victory With Four Rounds To Spare

Flash Report: Dominant Firouzja Clinches Victory With Four Rounds To Spare


This is the flash report summarizing the main results. The full report will be added to this page soon.

GM Alireza Firouzja won the 2022 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz with a final score of 26 points. He not only won the event with four rounds to spare, and finishing the event five points ahead of the field, but was also briefly the world’s number one in blitz by rating. 

GM Hikaru Nakamura finished in second place overall, staging a powerful comeback after finishing last in the rapid segment. He regained his world number-one blitz spot by the tournament’s end. GMs Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tied for third.


Full report coming soon.

Alireza Firouzja Wins Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz

The Game of the Day, annotated by GM Rafael Leitao, will be added soon.

Firouzja earned $40,000 for first place, Nakamura took in $30,000 for second, and Caruana and Vachier-Lagrave each made $22,500 after splitting third-fourth.

All Games Day 6


# Fed Player Rating Pts
1 Alireza Firouzja 2778 26
2 Hikaru Nakamura 2690 21
3 Fabiano Caruana 2754 19
4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2757 19

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2720 18
6 Levon Aronian 2792 17
7 Jeffery Xiong 2776 17
8 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2775 13.5
9 Sam Shankland 2768 13.5
10 Leinier Dominguez 2758 12.5

The 2022 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is the fourth leg of the 2022 Grand Chess Tour and the last of its speed chess events. Players compete in a 10-player rapid (25+10) round-robin and a 10-player blitz (5+2) double round-robin for their share of a $175,000 prize fund. 

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