On check: Grandmaster Dominguez wins Star-Studed Champions Showdown

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After a dramatic final day, local grandmaster Leinier Dominguez won the Champions Showdown 2021: Chess 9LX, scoring 6.0 / 9 points and taking first place for $ 37,500 in the Chess 960 (Fischer Random) competition with 10 players home.

Second place was a tie between grandmasters Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Sam Shankland with 5.5 / 9 each, while the clear fifth place went to legendary world champion Garry Kasparov, who scored an impressive 5.0 / 9.

Final score – Champions Showdown 2021: Chess 9LX

The event featured a unique variant of chess in the game, Chess 960 (also known as Fischer Random), in which the starting position of the pieces is randomly selected before each game. In addition, the tournament used a fast time control of 20 minutes per side in 5-second increments, which made for many exciting games.

Dominguez’s way up was quite an up and down. After Dominguez started with 0.5 / 2, he then rattled off four wins in a row and took the clear lead before the third and final match day. On the final day of the match, however, Dominguez began with a loss to Shankland and followed in the penultimate round with a draw, which allowed So, Shankland and Kasparov to catch up.

But luck would eventually favor Dominguez in the final round, as he was the only one of the leaders to win their game in the final round, defeating world number 5 Levon Aronian in a game that lasted into the last seconds.

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Former world champion Garry Kasparov will face 2018 US champion Sam Shankland.

Fans were also excited to see 13th Classical World Champion Garry Kasparov in action over the board again. Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005, but showed a good performance in this tournament and scored three wins that gave an insight into his typical attacking style.

Next up in St. Louis are the US Chess and US Women’s Chess Championships 2021, which will take place from October 5th to 19th and will see 24 of America’s best players compete for two national titles. At uschesschamps.com fans can find out more about the events and follow the action live.

Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional chess player, writer, and streamer currently based in Mountain View, California. You can Kostya. follow on twitter.com/hellokostya.



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