Superbet Chess Classic 7: Shakh strikes again
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Superbet Chess Classic 7: Shakh strikes again

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov took down world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana on the bloodiest day yet in Bucharest. Shakh’s 3rd win in a row took him up to world no. 5 on the live rating list and also gave him a 1-point lead going into the final two rounds after co-leader Alexander Grischuk collapsed in time trouble against Levon Aronian. The day’s other winner was Anish Giri, who ground down Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a drawish ending and later declared “chess is just about luck - there’s really nothing else!”




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