Superbet: Caruana bounces back

by Klaus Besenthal
5/11/2022 – Round 5 of the Superbet Chess Classic saw Fabiano Caruana bouncing back from his loss on Sunday by taking down defending champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The US grandmaster thus went into the rest day with a fifty-percent score. The remaining games finished drawn, leaving Wesley So in the sole lead, half a point ahead of a three-player chasing pack. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Two exciting encounters

Fabiano Caruana needed several attempts to finally win his game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, but he repeatedly fell back on the long-standing basic motif of attacking the opposite king with his queen and knight duo. The final attack is worth a look!


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Things have not been going well for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the Romanian capital so far | Photo: Lennart Ootes

The two youngest players in the field, Bogdan-Daniel Deac and Alireza Firouzja, played an entertaining, fighting game. The action on the board was somewhat overshadowed by both players’ time trouble before the first control on move 40.


Bogdan-Daniel Deac, Alireza Firouzja

Alireza Firouzja has yet to win a game in the tournament | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 5 results


Standings after round 5


All games



Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.