third place finisher was Hikaru Nakamura, who kept pace with Magnus and
Vachier-Lagrave for most of the event. His decision in round 16 to
under promote to a knight instead of promoting to a queen and forcing a
draw cost him the tournament. He came back in the very next round to
beat Carlsen, but he was already out of the contention for first place.
Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov started the day in third and fifth
place respectively and finished in fourth and fifth. Grischuk started
the day strong but was unable to keep up with Vachier-Lagrave’s
phenomenal performance. Since both players are wildcards, they are
unable to compete for overall Grand Chess Tour standings.
other notable performance of the tournament was Fabiano Caruana’s
strong showing in the blitz. After having the worst performance of his
life with 1.5/9 in the rapid, he scored an impressive 11/18, which would
have put in contention had he found his form in the first half of the