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Superbet Classic R2: Deac stuns Vachier-Lagrave

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/06/2021

19-year-old Romania no.2 GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac continues his impressive run at the Superbet Chess Classic 2021 as he beat Vachier-Lagrave in Round 2. The Frenchman tried to launch an attack on the kingside which at a first glance seems outrageous but it was actually a good idea, Deac did not get rattled and handled it very well and grabbed a few pawns which eventually turned out to be the deciding factor in his victory. Caruana scored a clinical victory over Lupulescu. Both Deac and Caruana took early lead 1.5/2, followed by six players at 1.0/2. Round 3 starts today from 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Caruana beats Lupulescu

Fabiano Caruana scored the first victory of the round against Romania no.1 Constantin Lupulescu. The world no.2 punished the Romanians tiny mistakes and made a short work of him in 28 moves. 19-year-old Romania no.2 stunned Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as he beat the Frenchman convincingly by playing some very fine chess.

Bogdan-Daniel Deac is surely a talent to watch out for | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Caruana - Lupulescu: 1-0

Caruana scored a fine victory over Romania no.1 Constantin Lupulescu after the latter lost a few pawns.

Position after 17...Ba4

17...Ba4 does not add much to the position for black. In fact, it only costs black to lose a pawn. Instead 17...e5 18.Nb3 Qc7 was a better choice.

Position after 20...Bc5

20...Bc5 actually does not create more pressure on the d4-knight, in fact it gives white an opportunity which white would want here. What is it? The resultant endgame is winning for white and black resigned another eight moves.

Caruana scored his first victory of the event | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

So-Aronian had an uneventful draw | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

There was no surprise between Giri and Radjabov's game as it ended up in a draw | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Mamedyarov and Grischuk had a tepid draw | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Vachier-Lagrave - Deac: 0-1

Vachier-Lagrave made a bold decision to avoid repetition against Deac.

Position after 25.g4

After repeating the position of 21...Qc3 22.Rd3 Qa1 23.Rd1 Qc3 twice, white decided to continue the game with 25.g4. It might seem quite outrageous but computer actually agrees with the move. Black responded with 25...b3 to remove the bishop from the deadly c2-h7 diagonal.

Position after 30...Rf5

White was forced to exchange queens here with 31.Qc3+. It was possible to defend the g5-pawn with Qd2 but in the long run it would have helped black only as white has no easy way to continue the attack. Thus white decided to drop the g5-pawn.

Position after 36.Bc4

36.Bc4 is a mistake as it costs white another pawn. Find out how. Soon white gave up another pawn without enough compensation and the resigned in another eight moves.

Deac is playing some fine chess in this tournament | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Photo Gallery

First move 1.e4 is being made | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

First move 1.d4 is being made  | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Tony Rich sanitizes the pieces | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

MVL and Deac does a gentleman's handshake | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Kids are already getting inspired by Deac's play | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Accompanying persons watching the players in action | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Replay Round 2 games

Round 2 results

Caruana and Deac scored victories in Round 2 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Standings after Round 2

Deac and Caruana share the lead | Photo: Grand Chess Tour
2021 Superbet Chess Classic: Round 2 | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

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