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Defending Champion Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana Wins 2024 Superbet Chess Classic Romania

Defending Champion Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana

Wins 2024 Superbet Chess Classic Romania
U.S. Grandmaster Wins Second Leg of the Grand Chess Tour; Takes Home $68,750 Prize

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA AND SAINT LOUIS, MO. (July 7, 2024) – Grandmaster (GM) Fabiano Caruana from the United States sealed the win as the 2024 Superbet Chess Classic Romaniachampion during the second of five legs of the Grand Chess Tour(GCT), claiming the title for the second year in a row.

Caruana secured the victory after a dramatic final day of tournament in Bucharest where he first lost his classical game to GM Anish Giri, but then won all three games in the playoff round to finish the tournament on top after the tiebreaks.

“Maybe we were making it a bit boring, but on the final day at least we added some excitement,” said Caruana. “I played terribly. Anish punished me. I played a poor game but he played well and then I wasn’t even thinking about winning the tournament anymore. I feel good at the moment but, overall it was a pretty bad day.

After having a chance to convert a position to give him the outright win, GM Alireza Firouzja as well as GMs Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and Gukesh Dommaraju all finished in a tie, each winning $58,750.

“It seems like a good tradition in Bucharest to have long tiebreaks. It was a long and nerve wrecking grand finale but we congratulate Fabiano Caruana from the United States for clinching the win in the first classical event and thank you Superbet Foundation for sponsoring the event,” said Michael Khodarkovsky, GCT Executive Director.

Superbet Chess Classic Romania Results

POSITION

PLAYER

COUNTRY

PRIZE MONEY

T-1

Fabiano Caruana

USA

$68,750

T-1

Alireza Firouzja

France

$58,750

T-1

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

IND

$58,750

T-1

Gukesh Dommaraju

India

$58,750

T-5

Ian Nepomniachtchi

FIDE

$21,833

T-5

Anish Giri

Netherlands

$21,833

T-5

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

France

$21,833

T-8

Wesley So

USA

$14,500

T-8

Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Uzbekistan

$14,500

10

Bogdan-Daniel Deac

India

$10,500

“Congratulations to Fabiano Caruana for another outstanding victory at the Grand Chess Tour-Superbet Chess Classic in Romania. This tournament showcased ten days of thrilling games, highlighting the incredible talent of all participants,” said Augusta Dragic, President of the Superbet Foundation. “At the Superbet Foundation, we are committed to bringing top chess talents to Romania, Poland, and Croatia. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of chess players by providing them the opportunity to learn from the best. We believe in the power of chess to educate, challenge, and inspire. Next week, we continue our journey in Croatia, promising another exciting chapter in promoting and celebrating chess.”

Up next, GCT heads to Zagreb for SuperUnited Croatia Rapid & Blitz. Due to an urgent family matter, GM Magnus Carlsen has regretfully withdrawn from the upcoming event and will be replaced by American GM Levon Aronian as a wildcard at this tournament. Round 1 starts on July 10 with live commentary from GMs Yasser Seirawan and Evgenij Miroshnichenko, as well as IM Jovanka Houska, starting at 7:20 AM CDT on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s Twitch & YouTube channels.

Following Croatia, the GCT heads back to the United States for the final two events: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz (August 11-16, 2024) andSinquefield Cup (August 1829, 2024), both hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Tour participants are competing for an overall tour prize fund of $1.5 million over the course of the 2024 season. Total cash prizes for each of the two classical tournaments are $350,000 and $175,000 per event for rapid and blitz. In addition, a bonus prize fund totalling $275,000 will be awarded at the end of the 2024 season.

The prize fund is provided by the 2024 GCT major sponsors Superbet Foundation and the Saint Louis Chess Club, both non-profit organizations that support chess education and the mission to expand the game of chess globally.

For more information, visit grandchesstour.org.

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About the Grand Chess Tour
The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world’s best players. The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers. For more information about the tour, please visit grandchesstour.org.

About the Superbet Foundation
Since 2019, Superbet Foundation has made chess one of its core initiatives by organizing the first tournament of the Grand Chess Tour in Bucharest. The Foundation is committed to establishing a tradition of Grand Chess Tour tournaments within the Romanian and Polish chess communities. For more information, visitwww.superbetfoundation.com.

About the Saint Louis Chess Club
The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit saintlouischessclub.org.

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