Nepo takes 2nd place in Paris Rapid & Blitz

The second event of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, the Paris Rapid & Blitz, finished in the capital of France. On June 22, the participants played the final part of blitz. 

It may have been close at times, but in the end it was smooth sailing for Wesley So who made it to the top of the leaderboard for the 2021 Paris Grand Chess Tour. Although his rival for first place, Ian Nepomniachtchi chased the American the entire day, Wesley So ultimately took home the first place win with a round to spare. 

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alireza Firouzja fought hard today as well. Despite the fact that they both lost on the final round, the two finished the day tied for third place and then it was a tie for fifth between Levon Aronian and Richard Rapport. 

Final standings (rapid + blitz):

1. Wesley So – 24.5
2. Ian Nepomniachtchi – 21.5
T-3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alireza Firouzja – 18
T-5. Levon Aronian, Richard Rapport – 17.5
T-7. Fabiano Caruana, Peter Svidler – 17
9. Etienne Bacrot/Vladimir Kramnik – 15
10. Teimour Radjabov – 14.