After drawing his last game Fabiano Caruana won the 2023 Superbet Chess Classic with a score of 5.5/9, taking home a 1st place prize of $100,000.
Although the day started with several quick draws an important result took place as Jan-Krzysztof Duda stopped Alireza Firouzja’s exciting run, knocking the No. 1 junior down to second place in the event.
It was a gripping round as Alireza Firouzja defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in order to reach Fabiano Caruana and tie for first place going into the final two rounds.
All five games were drawn in Round 6 as Fabiano Caruana let Alireza Firouzja off the hook, missing a chance to increase his lead, while Wesley So stunningly repeated moves against Ding Liren in a nearly winning position.
Fabiano Caruana retained his half-point lead after Round 5 of 2023 Superbet Chess Classic, as Alireza Firouzja delivered the first loss to World Champion Ding Liren while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored a victory over Ian Nepommniachtchi. Going into the rest day, Caruana remains in first with 3.5/5 while Firouzja, So, and Rapport are tied for second with 3.0/5.
The tie at the top was broken today as Fabiano Caruana won a critical game against Ian Nepomniachtchi to emerge as the sole leader with 3.0/4. Meanwhile Rapport drew with So, while Firouzja picked up his first win of the event, defeating Deac with Black.
Fabiano Caruana was the sole winner of the third day of the 2023 Superbet Chess Classic, defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to join Nepomniachtchi, So, and Rapport in the leaders group, all with 2.0/3 points.
Day 2 of the Superbet Chess Classic saw Ian Nepomniachtchi and Richard Rapport join Wesley So in the lead, with Nepomniachtchi defeating Deac with Black while Rapport ground down Duda in an opposite colored bishop endgame.
The 2023 Grand Chess Tour kicked off today with Round 1 of the Superbet Chess Classic Romania, a 10 player elite round-robin taking place in Bucharest, Romania, featuring newly crowned World Champion Ding Liren as well as challenger Ian Nepomniactchi. After the first round of action Wesley So jumped into the sole lead as he managed to score the only decisive result of the day, defeating Alireza Firouzja with the Black pieces.