14 May 2022

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wins Superbet Chess Classic Romania

The French grandmaster prevailed on tie-break.

Photo: Lennart Ootes
Photo: Lennart Ootes

The Superbet Chess Classic, the first 2022 GCT event, finished in Bucharest. In the ninth round, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won against Alireza Firouzja, while the games Aronian - Mamedyarov, Rapport - Nepomniachtchi, Deac - Caruana, and Dominguez - So were drawn. 


Eventually, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Levon Aronian scored 5.5 each and had to determine the winner in an additional round-robin event. MVL prevailed both games to become the tournament winner. Wesley So, who defeated Levon Aronian, is second.  

Final standings:

1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2. Wesley So, 3. Levon Aronian - 5.5
4-6. Leinier Dominguez, Fabiano Caruana, Bogdan-Daniel Deac - 4.5
7-8. Alireza Firouzja, Ian Nepomniachtchi - 4
9-10. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Richard Rapport - 3.5.

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