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Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa set to square off World's best at Superbet Chess Classic 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/06/2024

The second event of the Grand Chess Tour 2024 season is Superbet Chess Classic. D Gukesh and R Praggnanandhaa are the two Indians in the lineup. They will face Fabiano Caruana (USA), Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB), Wesley So (USA), Anish Giri (NED), Alireza Firouzja (FRA), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) and Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU). Caruana is the defending champion. Who do you think will win this tournament? The tournament takes place at Grand Hotel Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania. It will be Abdusattorov vs Praggnanandhaa and Gukesh vs Deac in the first round. Round 1 starts today from 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

The second leg of GCT 2024 starts today

Superbet Chess Classic 2024 participants | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

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.

Participants

The lineup includes the World no.2 - Fabiano Caruana, World no.4 - Ian Nepomniachtchi, former World Rapid champion and World no.5 - Nodirbek Abdusattorov, FIDE Candidates 2024 winner and World no.6 - D Gukesh, former World Fischer Random champion and World no.9 - Wesley So, FIDE World Cup 2023 runner-up and World no.13 - R Praggnanandhaa, World no.14 - Anish Giri, World no.15 - Alireza Firouzja, former World Blitz champion and World no.19 - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and, Romania no.2 and World no.50 - Bogdan-Daniel Deac.

The participants of the Superbet Chess Classic 2024 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Round 1 pairings

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
112737GMFirouzja, AlirezaGMCaruana, Fabiano280510
222766GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekGMPraggnanandhaa, Rameshbabu27479
332732GMVachier-Lagrave, MaximeGMNepomniachtchi, Ian27708
442763GMGukesh, DommarajuGMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel26807
552745GMGiri, AnishGMSo, Wesley27576

Details

Prize

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

Photo Gallery

Vishy Anand playing simul | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

D Gukesh takes a glance at one of the games from a distance | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Fabiano Caruana got number ten at Draw of Lots | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Ian Nepomniachtchi drew number eight | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Players sharing a light moment before the real battle begins | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Anish Giri playing simul | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Take a glance at Anish Giri playing simul

Venue - Grand Bucharest Hotel in Bucharest, Romania | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

GM Jorden van Foreest (NED), GM Jan Smeets (NED) and GM Vladimir Chuchelov (BEL) | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Who will win this beautiful Superbet Chess Classic 2024 trophy? | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Parvu Razvan and Petru Varabiescu, two local players, managed to draw their games out of the 20 Simultaneous exhibition games played by the masters.

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