Juli 21, 2024

Caruana Wins Superbet Chess Classic Romania In Playoff After Dramatic Final Day

Caruana, the winner in Bucharest despite losing in the final round. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

GM Fabiano Caruana ended up winning the $68,750 first prize at the Superbet Chess Classic Romania after a dramatic final day in Bucharest. Although he lost his classical game to a strong-playing GM Anish Giri, the American GM won all three games in the playoff to retain last year’s title.

The grapes were sour for GM Alireza Firouzja, who was on the brink of beating GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu and finishing in clear first place without needing a playoff but then failed to win an exchange-up position.

The games GM Wesley So vs. GM Gukesh Dommaraju, GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac vs. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov ended in draws.

Superbet Chess Classic Romania Round 9 Results