2023 Superbet Chess Classic: Round 2 | #SuperbetChessClassic #GrandChessTour

Live from the Grand Hotel Bucharest, the 4th Superbet Chess Classic is the first of five legs of the Grand Chess Tour. The nine Tour players are joined by a wildcard (listed below) for a classical round robin. Join GMs Varuzhan Akobian, Cristian Chirila, Yasser Seirawan, and IM Nazi Paikidze for the move-by-move.


TODAY’S GAMES | 40 Moves in 90 Min. Incr. 30 Sec. / / 30 Min. Incr. 30 Sec.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (0.5) vs. Wesley So (1)
Ding Liren (0.5) vs. Fabiano Caruana (0.5)
Richard Rapport (0.5) vs. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (0.5)
Bogdan-Daniel Deac (0.5) vs. Ian Nepomniachtchi (0.5)
Anish Giri (0.5) vs. Alireza Firouzja (0)


  1. Yasser goes on a bit too much about his anecdotes …

  2. In the Deac/Nepo game GM Akobian said that white's R has to move to h5. Why?

  3. The irony of it all is that throughout the WCC match between Nepo and Ding, the commentators were so easy to criticize and find fault in many of the moves after-the-fact…like Monday morning quarterbacks…with the aid of an engine! But as we can all see, "imperfections" in chess are only human…no matter how objectively strong you are (2700+ ELO rating). Duda's careless miss of a draw against Rapport is a perfect example of this: An opposite colors bishop endgame with just a few pawns on the board. Okay, Rapport was a pawn up and pressing for a win. But it was still a theoretical draw, and Duda…a super grandmaster…failed to see it! But guess what…this could have happened to anyone.

  4. Can't wait to see Nepo play Ding in this event! Will it be Ding reasserting his dominance, or sweet revenge for Nepo???

  5. I think it is a great tragedy for chess to have a world champion that is a beta

  6. I’m sure that Duda is kicking himself for missing this theoretical draw against Rapport. After all, this was an opposite colors bishops endgame with just a few pawns on the board, and Duda is a so-called “super” grandmaster (2700+ ELO rating). Okay, Rapport was a pawn up and pressing hard for a win. But with correct play the position was still a draw. This just goes to show how humans…no matter how objectively strong…are not engines, and are still prone to making mistakes!

  7. Please fix Ding’s name. Ding is his last name. Liren is his first name. As he is now the WCC, at least we should get his name right.

  8. Great event, fantastic line-up. But I'm not a fan of this studio + engine-explainer setup. Much better with Svidler and any of the 10+ of co-commentators he's worked with.

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