Chess player Firouzja wins the Grand Chess Tour, Nepomniachtchi finishes fifth
MOSCOW, September 12 – RIA Novosti. French chess player Alireza Firouzja won the final stage of the Grand Chess Tour held in St. Louis (USA) and became the winner of the entire tournament.
On the final day, Firouzja drew with Maxime Vachier-Legrave (France) with black pieces, while Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi drew with Hans Niemann (USA) with white pieces. After 9 rounds, Firouzja and Nepomniachtchi were the best with an equal number of points, and the fate of the stage was determined by a tie-break: they drew in the first game, Firouzja won in the second game.
According to the results of the entire tournament, Firouzja scored 36.5 points and earned more than $272k. US representative Wesley So took second place in the tournament (30 points, over $190,000 prize money), while Vachier-Lagrave rounded out the top three (29 points, over $165,000 prize money). Nepomniachtchi earned over $127,000 at the tournament and finished 4-5 with US representative Levon Aronian. shared the place (27 points each).
In early July, Nepomniachtchi is the winner of the Candidates’ Tournament in Madrid, competing for the world chess crown with Chinese Ding Liren, runner-up in the Candidates’ Tournament. Current champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen refused to defend the title.
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