The 2018 Grand Chess Tour arrive in to the United States for the second annual St. Louis Rapid and Blitz from Aug. 10-16, which will be the third leg of the tour. It will be followed by the Sinquefield Cup from Aug. 17-28, the only classical event of the tour this year. Going into the second half of the tour, two Americans, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura, are leading with 21 and 20 points respectively as the competition for the top four places heats up. They are closely followed by Sergey Karjakin who has 19 points and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with 15 points. The first inaugural St. Louis Rapid and Blitz became the most talked about chess tournament in 2017 after it was announced that Garry Kasparov would be one of the wildcards. The legendary former World Chess Champion came out of his retirement for the first time in 12 years to play in a rated chess tournament. Since then, he …

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