The first two events of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour (GCT) took place in Leuven from June 12-16 and Paris from June 20-24. After 10 grueling days full of brilliance, blunders and inspiring chess, two Americans are leading the tour, putting themselves in an excellent position to qualify for the finals in London at the end of the year. The Americans — Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura — are no strangers to the winner’s circle in the Grand Chess Tour. So was completely unstoppable in 2016 when he won two of the tournaments and finished second in one — just behind world chess champion Magnus Carlsen — thus winning the entire tour. So’s victory in Leuven this year was the most dramatic one yet in GCT’s history. Both Paris and Leuven consist of nine rounds of rapid followed by 18 rounds of blitz. So completely dominated the rapid portion of Leuven, finishing …

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