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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov wins Grand Chess Tour Romania 2021

World No. 5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov finished the 1st leg of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour with 6.0/9 points to win 1st place in the 2021 Superbet Chess Classic, clinching victory after a draw with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round. Tying for second place were Levon Aronian, Wesley So, and Alexander Grischuk, who each drew their last-round games to finish with 5.0/9.

The win earns Mamedyarov a first-place prize of $90,000 and a total of 13 Grand Chess Tour points.

Vachier-Lagrave – Mamedyarov ½-½

The French No. 1 chose the ultra-solid Four Knights Scotch, and promptly took the game into a drawish endgame.

Needing only a draw to secure 1st place, Mamedyarov decided to trade off one of his bishops to enter a worse position but with opposite colored bishops. The players soon repeated moves, though according to the engines MVL certainly could have played on, holding a big advantage at the end of the game.

Aronian – Radjabov ½-½

Another quick draw as the players repeated moves in a known line of the Berlin Defense. A solid but somewhat unfortunate result for Radjabov, who finished the event with nine draws, many occurring from theoretical lines in the opening.

Lupulescu – So ½-½ 

A solid line of the 4.Qc2 Nimzo gave Lupulescu a small structural advantage, but So had plenty of activity to compensate for his slightly weakened king. Neither player was able to generate any chances and the game finished in a repetition shortly before the first time control.

Giri – Grischuk ½-½ 

An interesting variant of the Italian Game left Giri with a bit of pressure in the middlegame.

Things stayed relatively balanced, with the exception of one moment where Giri could have secured a nice strategic advantage. After missing this chance the game soon saw massive trades, petering out into an equal endgame.

Caruana – Deac ½-½ 

In the longest game of the day Caruana chose the King’s Indian Attack, an opening where White typically tries to build up a slow but deadly attack on the kingside.

While Deac successfully defended against the kingside pressure, he allowed Fabiano some chances in the endgame. Unfortunately for the World No. 2 it wasn’t enough, and after 74 moves of play the game finished with just bare kings on the board.

Final rankings of the Grand Chess Tour Romania 2021:

Current standings on the overall Grand Chess Tour list:

Grand Chess Tour events and schedule:

  • Superbet Chess Classic Romania: June 2-15, 2021, Bucharest
  • Paris Rapid&Blitz: June 16-23, 2021, Paris/France
  • Croatia Rapid&Blitz: July 5-12, 2021, Zagreb
  • St Louis Rapid&Blitz: August 9-16, 2021, St.Louis Missouri USA
  • Sinquefield Cup: August 16-28, 2021, St.Louis Missouri USA

All information: Grand Chess Tour – Romania 2021

Recap articles: Round 6 – Grand Chess Tour Romania 2021 / Grand Chess Tour Romania 2021 – Day 4 / Grand Chess Tour – Romania 2021 LIVE – Chessdom

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