Grand Chess Tour: Superbet Rapid & Blitz to Aronian

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11/10/2019 – Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin surged in the final day of blitz to finish joint first in the overall standings in Bucharest. Aronian won a two-game rapid playoff to be declared the winner of the Superbet Rapid & Blitz. Live games and commentary from 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET, 8:00 AM EST). | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

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Day 5 - Blitz

The Superbet Rapid & Blitz, taking place in the Stejarii Country Club in Bucharest, Romania, the 6th out of a total of 8 events in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour. Seven of the twelve tour "regulars", Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Wesley So, are joined by event wild cards Vlasidlav Artemiev, Le Quang Liem and Anton Korobov.

The final two days are a blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes plus 3-second delay. Rapid games count double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

Report on Day 1

Report on Day 2-3

Live games and commentary


Commentary by WGM Jennifer Shahade, GMs Maurice Ashley, Alejandro Ramirez and Cristian Chirila


Blitz standings


Rapid final standings


The opening

The opening ceremony of the 2019 Superbet Rapid & Blitz (November 6th to 10th) was held at the Stejali Country Club last Tuesday afternoon. The day’s activities started off with a press conference which included the guest of honour for the tournament (Former World Number 1 Tennis player Boris Becker) as well as GM’s Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand and Wesley So.

The drawing of lots was then conducted as part of the opening ceremony before the players participated in a series of short exhibition games against some of the best Romanian junior players and some local corporate executives.

Players starting rank

No. Name Rtg
10 So Wesley 2802
8 Korobov Anton 2798
2 Caruana Fabiano 2791
9 Aronian Levon 2768
5 Artemiev Vladislav 2768
6 Anand Viswanathan 2757
3 Karjakin Sergey 2756
4 Le Quang Liem 2746
7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2734
1 Giri Anish 2705

During the opening ceremony, Mr Michael Khodarkovsky (Executive Director of the Grand Chess Tour) announced that Superbet has already committed to hosting a classical tournament as part of the 2020 Grand Chess Tour calendar. The 2020 tournament will be held in May 2020.

Becker and Khodarkovsky

Boris Becker and Mikhail Khodarkovsky | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

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