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Monday, 07 Jun 2021 23:04
2021 Superbet Chess Classic - Day 3 Recap

Despite a quiet start to the round with two short draws, the action quickly heated up as Levon Aronian secured an edge against Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri looked to be on the initiative against Lupulescu. Aronian’s advantage was eventually liquidated, while Giri ended up overpressing the attack, and soon blundered into a vicious counterattack from the Romanian No 1.

After three rounds, Caruana and Deac remain tied for first with 2.0/3, with six rounds left to play.

Radjabov - Vachier-Lagrave

In a repeat of Grischuk - Vachier-Lagrave from Round 1, Radjabov utilized the same drawish line in the 8.Rb1 Grunfeld to force a draw by repetition against MVL. This caused some dissatisfaction among fans, though it was mentioned on the broadcast that Radjabov was not feeling well during today’s round.

Grischuk - So

A rare move (14.g5) by Grischuk put Wesley So under some pressure in the Berlin Endgame, but So kept his cool and found a precise path to equalize. Having no advantage, Grischuk repeated moves, and the game was soon drawn.

Aronian - Caruana

Aronian was able to outplay Caruana in a Queen’s Gambit Accepted, securing a strategic advantage thanks to his powerful bishop on d5. Although according to Caruana his position was “sad”, he was able to slowly neutralize White’s pressure with correct exchanges, eventually trading down into a drawn queen and rook endgame.

Deac - Mamedyarov

A solid game for the Romanian junior, who held a bit of an edge in an endgame arising from the Catalan, with a slightly superior bishop against Mamedyarov’s knight. However, Mamedyarov defended well and didn’t give any chances to Deac, who notably defeated MVL the day before. The game was drawn shortly after the first time control.

Lupulescu - Giri

In the only decisive game of the day, it was at first Anish Giri who was playing for the advantage in the middlegame, having given up the bishop pair in exchange for good control over the central light squares. While Giri’s attack looked promising, Constantin Lupulescu was able to defend with high accuracy, not giving Anish any chances on the kingside. After some exchanges, it was Giri who ended up worse, with his heavy pieces misplaced and unprepared for White’s play in the center. A further blunder in time-trouble gave Lupulescu a golden opportunity for a decisive attack against Black’s king, which he quickly pounced on, winning the game.


Lupulescu played 33.Re8!, with forced mate against Black’s king

The coverage of the 2021 Superbet Chess Classic continues tomorrow, June 8, at 7:00 AM CDT with live coverage from GMs Alejandro Ramirez, Yasser Seirawan, and Maurice Ashley on grandchesstour.org/live

Text: IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Photo: Grand Chess Tour, Lennart Ootes

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