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🏆 Superbet Romania (2022)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alireza Firouzja, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Richard Rapport, Bogdan-Daniel Deac Chess Event Description
Superbet Romania (2022)

Starting off the 2022 Grand Chess Tour will be Superbet Chess Classic held in Bucharest, Romania. The tournament will host ten players competing in a classical round-robin for the $350,000 in prize money.

2022 Superbet Chess Classic Romania

Cross table after round 9

Rank Name Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score 1 So, Wesley 2766 x ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5.5 2 Aronian, Levon 2765 ½ x 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5.5 3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2750 ½ 0 x 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.5 4 Caruana, Fabiano 2786 ½ ½ 0 x ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5 5 Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2753 ½ 0 ½ ½ x 1 0 ½ ½ 1 4.5 6 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel 2671 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 x ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5 7 Firouzja, Alireza 2804 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ x 0 ½ ½ 4.0 8 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2773 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 x ½ 0 4.0 9 Rapport, Richard 2776 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ x ½ 3.5 10 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2770 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ x 3.5

Final Standings

POS. Name GCT-Points 1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 10 T-2 So, Wesley 10 T-2 Aronian, Levon 10 T-4 Caruana, Fabiano 6.0 T-4 Dominguez Perez, Leinier 6.0 T-4 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel WC T-7 Firouzja, Alireza 3.5 T-7 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 3.5 T-9 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1.5 T-9 Rapport, Richard 1.5

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 48  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½362022Superbet RomaniaC42 Petrov Defense
2. Caruana vs Firouzja  ½-½292022Superbet RomaniaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Nepomniachtchi vs B Deac  ½-½292022Superbet RomaniaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. Aronian vs Rapport  ½-½392022Superbet RomaniaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. So vs Mamedyarov 1-0522022Superbet RomaniaE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
6. Firouzja vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1552022Superbet RomaniaC24 Bishop's Opening
7. So vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½242022Superbet RomaniaD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. Mamedyarov vs Rapport ½-½372022Superbet RomaniaC10 French
9. B Deac vs Aronian  ½-½532022Superbet RomaniaD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. Dominguez Perez vs Caruana  ½-½472022Superbet RomaniaB33 Sicilian
11. Nepomniachtchi vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½502022Superbet RomaniaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. Aronian vs Firouzja ½-½622022Superbet RomaniaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Caruana vs So  ½-½402022Superbet RomaniaE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov  ½-½202022Superbet RomaniaB10 Caro-Kann
15. Rapport vs B Deac 0-1522022Superbet RomaniaE46 Nimzo-Indian
16. Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana 1-0392022Superbet RomaniaC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. So vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0582022Superbet RomaniaE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. Firouzja vs Rapport  ½-½472022Superbet RomaniaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. Dominguez Perez vs Aronian 0-1642022Superbet RomaniaC50 Giuoco Piano
20. Mamedyarov vs B Deac  ½-½402022Superbet RomaniaD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
21. Rapport vs Dominguez Perez ½-½512022Superbet RomaniaC20 King's Pawn Game
22. Aronian vs So  ½-½392022Superbet RomaniaA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Nepomniachtchi vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½422022Superbet RomaniaB57 Sicilian
24. B Deac vs Firouzja  ½-½682022Superbet RomaniaE73 King's Indian
25. Caruana vs Mamedyarov 1-0662022Superbet RomaniaC42 Petrov Defense
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  perfidious: Pam Shriver was, apparently, not averse to older men.
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  HeMateMe: I think pam was attracted to men still breathing...
May-09-22  Albertan: Superbet Classic 4:So leads as MVL & Aronian also strike:

2022 GCT Superbet Chess Classic Romania:Day 4 Recap:

May-09-22  virginmind: Bogdan-Daniel continues his very good play in the fifth round, against much higher rated opposition, today a draw against Alireza. Unbeaten, with 3/5 points before the rest day - I'd say it's quite a feat in such a company! He does have a tendency to enter (and stay) in time trouble, but fortunately he keeps great concentration and manages to find the right moves regardless. Good luck in the next rounds!

<0ZeR0> Indeed! :)

May-10-22  Albertan: Wesley So wins again,takes lead 2022 Superbet Chess Classic Romania,Day 4:

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  offramp: Superbet Goldmoney Meltwater Lovemissile GO!
May-10-22  Albertan: 2022 GCT Superbet Chess Classic Romania Day 5 Recap:

Superbet Chess Classic 5:Caruana Hits Back:

May-11-22  Albertan: Superbet:Caruana bounces back:

Superbet Chess Classic 5:Caruana hits straight back:

May-12-22  Albertan: Superbet:Aronian scores,shares the lead with So:

Aronian wins miniature ,joins lead:2022 Superbet Chess Classic Romania,Day 6:

Superbet Classic 6:Aronian joins So in lead:

US Stars break clear in Superbet Classic:

2022 Superbet Chess Classic Romania Day 6 Recap:

May-12-22  Albertan: Superbet 7:Wins for MVL,Firouzja,and Mamedyarov:

Superbet Chess Classic Romania Day 7 recap:

May-13-22  Albertan: Superbet Classic 7:Firouzja and Mamedyarov grab 1st wins:

May-13-22  Albertan: Here is a link to an interview with GM Mamedyarov after round 7:

2022 Superbet Chess Classic Romania:Day 7 recap:

May-14-22  Albertan: Superbet Round 8:Aronian escapes,still shares lead:

FIDE website Day 8 recap:

The pairings for Round 9 (thé last round of play) are as follows:


May-14-22  virginmind: A very solid performance by Bogdan-Daniel in this tournament, he finished with 4.5/9. A somewhat disappointing one by the top rated player here, Alireza Firoudja, who is about to lose against MVL, which will give a three-way tie for the first place. But Alireza is still trying.
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  perfidious: While this is a tough field, finishing minus is, shall we say, an inauspicious outcome for a player many have tipped to become Carlsen's successor.
May-14-22  anjumskhan: Chess is already dead with computers.
Draw after draw.
May-14-22  Albertan: Superbet Chess Classic 8:Levon does it again:

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  ortznoi: While people and countries throughout the world are getting united against war and crimes and atrocities, Putin seems unhinged and wanted a Nuke war, will the Russian people overcome it? In the game of chess once a mistake is always a mistake and the king is CHECKMATED!!!
May-15-22  Atking: Maxime won!
May-15-22  Albertan: Vachier-Lagrave has brilliant day,wins Superbet Chess Classic:

MLV beats Firouzja,So,Aronian to win Superbet Classic:

Maxim Vachier-Lagrave wins Superbet Classic Budapest:

MVL wins Superbet Chess Classic 2022:

Congratulations GM Vachier-Lagrave on your wonderful performance!!

May-15-22  whiteshark: It was so much fun to watch the tiebreaks* - the thrill / excitement in the commentary of Yasser Seirawan, Peter Svidler and Alejandro Ramirez.

* starts here:

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  0ZeR0: Congratulations to MVL on a fine tournament performance! His last three games against Firouzja, So, and Aronian were most impressive.
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  Atterdag: <perfidious: While this is a tough field, finishing minus is, shall we say, an inauspicious outcome for a player many have tipped to become Carlsen's successor.>

Yes, but we have seen it quite often, haven't we. Young talents arrive at the world stage, beat a couple of veterans off-guard, surprise unsuspecting opponents, and then they all of a sudden are announced as soon-to-be the new world champion material.

Then, after a while, i.e. after some tough tournaments when they no longer can benefit from the element of surprise and the elite has become aware of them, victories don't come as easy anymore and even defeats and bad results may arrive.

Time and again it has been proved that it is EXTREMELY difficult to paddle through the shark-packed water of elite chess. Very very few manage to do it at all and even fewer manage to stay at the top.

May-17-22  Saniyat24: 3 cheers for MVL...!
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  dernier loup de T: <virginmind>: just about Garry Kasparov: in my opinion, he is one of the 7 or 8 best chess players ever, together with Morphy, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov and Carlsen. BUT, about his ideas in some other domains....: did you ever hear about so-called "RECENTISM THEORY" in History?....
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