Anton Korobov is the unbeaten champion of Superbet Rapid
Anton Korobov has convincingly won the rapid section of Superbet Rapid and Blitz by finishing two points ahead of the rest of the field with a score of 12 out of possible 18 points. The Ukrainian Grandmaster, who entered as a wild card participant, managed to remain unbeaten through all the nine rapid rounds. In the third day of the event he drew his games against Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, and Fabiano Caruana and that proved just enough to secure his finish on the top of the leaderboard. Vishy Anand made a promising start by beating Caruana in round seven but lost to Sergey Karjakin and Le Quang Liem subsequently to slip down the rank list. We bring a detailed report from Bucharest with photos, analyses, and more.
The rapid section of Superbet Rapid and Blitz ended surprisingly in the triumph of one of its wild card participants. Anton Korobov successfully held his own against a truly world class opposition and finished ahead of several hot favourites. He not only remained unbeaten through all the nine rapid rounds but also dominated the field with a fabulous score of 12.0/18 points. Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who were jointly placed second, finished only a full two points behind the Ukrainian giant-killer.
Korobov drew his last three encounters against Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, and Fabiano Caruana, and that was just enough for the Ukrainian to secure the first place in the event. But however it is worth having a look at these games which even though ended in draws had fair share of ups and downs. Both Aronian and Giri actually had an edge against Korobov in rounds seven and eight, the latter's initiative was even decisive at one point and if it wasn't for a blunder at the last moment, should have led to a win. Fabiano Caruana, on the other hand, suffered for the better part of the ninth round encounter and was relieved to escape with a draw in the end after 51 moves.
Vishy Anand - Fabiano Caruana, Round 7
Results of day 3