Fabiano Caruana drew a sharp game against Richard Rapport to finish in clear first place in the Superbet Chess Classic, taking the $100,000 top prize and the maximum 13 Grand Chess Tour points. His pursuers could all only draw, though that was a good result for Anish Giri after he stumbled into a lost position against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Ding Liren regained the world no. 3 spot after ending with a fine win over Bogdan-Daniel Deac.
Fabiano Caruana: 5.5/9 (2 wins, 7 draws), 1st place, $100,000
This was vintage Fabiano Caruana, who, as in the glory days of 2018, combined stellar opening preparation and sharp calculation (the win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave), with patience and determination (the win over Ian Nepomniachtchi) to come close to a model of a perfect chess player.
He was never in danger in a single game and could have scored more. He missed a chance against Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the first round, and his one real regret was a failure to turn a huge advantage against Alireza Firouzja into a full point.
- Official website
- All the Superbet Chess Classic games with computer analysis
- Ding Liren and Nepomniachtchi back in action
- Superbet Chess Classic 1: So gets Firouzja revenge
- Superbet Chess Classic 2: Nepo and Rapport strike
- Superbet Chess Classic 3: Ding thwarts Nepo again
- Superbet Chess Classic 4: Caruana beats Nepomniachtchi
- Superbet Chess Classic 5: Firouzja world no. 2 after beating Ding
- Superbet Chess Classic 6: So & Caruana miss wins
- Superbet Chess Classic 7: Firouzja catches Caruana
- Superbet Chess Classic 8: Duda shocks Firouzja