James Watson only conceded one draw to Patrick Cook on the night of Round 2, accumulating enough points to take out the the yearly Rapid Grand Prix with 9.5 points out of 12. This year there are only two Rapid Tournaments instead of the usual three.
Rod and Harrison, leaders in the Rapid Grand Prix
Now that there are only 12 rapid games per year rather than 18, each point has a higher weighting in the race to be Rapid Champ of 2017. Rod Jacobs and Harrison are on 5 of 6, followed by Jamie on 4.5, then a host of others on 4.
Throughout the year there are two Rapid Play tournaments, each player starting with 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move. Each tournament is six rounds held over two weeks. This is an unrated event which encourages players to experiment and take more chances, often leading to exciting and unexpected outcomes.