Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, won first prize outright with 6/9 at Stavanger on Friday despite faltering near the finish, while three world top-10 grandmasters topped the field at the $194,000 US chess championship at St Louis. Yet it is a five-minute speed event, featuring a rare appearance by the all-time No1, Garry Kasparov, which has most excited chess fans. In the Ultimate Blitz chess tournament, staged with a $50,000 prize fund, Kasparov met the top trio from the US chess championship, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So in an 18-round all-play-all with a time limit of five minutes for the game plus a three-second delay per move. One year ago Kasparov, now aged 53, crushed England’s Nigel Short by an 8.5-1.5 margin, but taking on elite GMs half his age is something else. Rounds 1-9 were staged on …

Source: GameKnot online chess news