Caruana keeps lead over Wesley So, Lupulescu stuns Giri in Superbet Chess

Roy Luarca

BACK TO ACTION. Wesley So settles for a draw in the second round of the Superbet Chess Classic.


Wesley So finishes with another draw in the Superbet Chess Classic 3rd round

It was Constantin Lupulescu’s turn to rock the Superbet Chess Classic on Monday, June 7, with a pulsating victory over Anish Giri in round 3 of the over-the-board event at Sheraton Bucharest Hotel in Romania.

Lupulescu, the five-time Romanian champion who is ranked ninth among 10 entries, was a rook up and was poised to mate when 4-time Dutch champion Giri resigned after 39 moves of an English Opening: Four Knights Variation.

The other four matches, including that of Wesley So and Alexander Grischuk, ended in draws, enabling top seed Fabiano Caruana and unheralded Bogdan-Daniel Deac to keep the lead in the inaugural leg of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour.

Caruana, the world No. 2, agreed to a truce with Levon Aronian, while Deac, the youngest in the field at 19, held Shakhiyar Mamedyarov to a standoff as they both climbed to 2 points.

Bunched at 1.5 were So, the reigning United States champion, Grischuk, Aronian, Mamedyarov, and Teimour Radjabov, who drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Giri, winner of the Carlsen Invitational in the Champions Chess Tour, fell to the cellar at 1 point with Vachier-Lagrave, who got upset by Deac in round 2.

Caruana and So, standouts of Team USA, clash in round 4 on Tuesday, June 8.

Other matches pit Giri against Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave against Lupulescu, Mamedyarov against Radjabov, and Grischuk against Deac.

Giri and Vachier-Lagrave need to win as their live FIDE (International Chess Federation) live ratings have dropped because of their losses.

From Elo 2780 and world No. 6, Giri is now 2771.1 and No. 7, barely ahead of the Filipino-born So (2770.3).

Vachier-Lagrave tumbled from 2760 and No. 12 to 2753.5 and No. 15. –