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Will Fabiano Caruana win Superbet Classic for the second consecutive year?

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/07/2024

Fabiano Caruana (USA) drew with R Praggnanandhaa to maintain his sole lead at Grand Chess Tour Superbet Classic 2024. The World no.3 now has a chance to win this tournament for the second year in-a-row. He will face Anish Giri (NED) in the final round. D Gukesh shared the point with Giri in the penultimate round. The World Championship Challenger came up with a great preparation. However, it was not enough to subdue the Netherlands no.1. The longest game of the round lasted for 84 moves between Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU). It will be Wesley So (USA) vs Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa vs Alireza Firouzja (FRA) in the final round. Round 9 starts today at 2 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Calm before storm?

Once again, all five games of the penultimate round ended in draws.

Will Fabiano Caruana (USA) be walking tall after the final round? | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes
Caruana: Anish will press to win tomorrow | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club
Gukesh's phenomenal opening preparation, Anish Giri's tremendous tenacity - Analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Giri Tomorrow: Squeeze Fabi very tight, watch him explode! | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Fabiano Caruana glances at other games | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) had the longest game of the round, lasting 84 moves | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Kids watching the game live at the venue | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Replay live stream

Replay Grand Chess Tour Superbet Classic Round 8 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule and Format

Superbet Chess Classic will have one round played each day from 26th June to 5th July 2024. Each round starts at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Except the last round on 5th July which will start at 2 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. The sole rest day is on Monday 1st July. It will be a 10-player Round Robin event. Time control will be 120 minutes KO + 30 sec./move.

Prize

The total prize fund of each Classical event is the double of Rapid and Blitz events - US$ 350000.

Replay Round 8 games

Round 8 results

All games in Round 8 ended in draws | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Details

Standings after Round 8

Standings remains unchanged | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Round 9 pairings

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
152745GMGiri, AnishGMCaruana, Fabiano280510
262757GMSo, WesleyGMGukesh, Dommaraju27634
372680GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielGMVachier-Lagrave, Maxime27323
482770GMNepomniachtchi, IanGMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek27662
592747GMPraggnanandhaa, RameshbabuGMFirouzja, Alireza27371

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