World champion Magnus Carlsen won the third stage of the Grand Chess Tour, while Wesley So failed to make a comeback after two early losses. The okbet guide to reading sports betting odds has a complete list of the odds for each type of sports bet.
In the last stretch of the 2022 SuperUnited Rapid and Blitz Croatia on Sunday, July 24 (Monday, July 25, Philippine time) at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb, two-time U.S. champion Wesley So couldn’t keep up with world champion Magnus Carlsen, who had a huge lead.
Carlsen was way ahead after the sixth round, so he could lose his last three games to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alireza Firouzja, and Ivan Saric and still win the top prize of $40,000. This event was the third stage of the 2022 Grand Chess Tour (GCT).
Carlsen got a total of 22.5 points by adding his 11 points in the fast part, 7 points in the first half of the blitz segment, and 4.5 points in the second half. It was enough to hold off the rallies by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Firouzja, who beat So in the final standings.
Firouza finished with five straight wins to get 22 points, the same score as Vachier-Lagrave, who won the second blitz segment with seven wins and two draws for 8 points and first place.
The Bacoor, Cavite-born So was close after beating former world champion Veselin Topalov and Ivan Saric back-to-back. However, he lost to Leinier Dominguez, tied with Vachier-Lagrave, and then lost again to Ian Nepomniachtchi. He was even in the running for the world title.
So and Nepomniachtchi won $17,500
So and Nepomniachtchi both ended up with 21 points, which meant they each won $17,500.
Jorden Van Foreest came in sixth with 19 points. He was the leader after the fast segment.
So completed tied for second in the first stage in Bucharest, Romania, which Vachier-Lagrave won, and tied for fifth in the second stage in Warsaw, Poland, which Jan-Krzysztof Duda won. If it’s any consolation, So kept the overall lead in the GCT with 22.5 points.
So is expected to get back on track at the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz, which will take place in August in Saint Louis, Missouri. It will help him in his bid to win the $1.4 million (P78.7 million) GCT overall.
Super United Croatia Rapid & Blit
The Super United Croatia Rapid & Blitz took place July 20–24 in Zagreb, Croatia. It was the halfway point of the Grand Chess Tour. The top 10 GMs, Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Saric, Firouzja, Nepomniachtchi, Vachier-Lagrave, van Foreest, Dominguez, Topalov, and So, played a round-robin of rapid chess followed by a double round-robin of blitz.
The World Champion’s first tournament after saying he wouldn’t defend his title against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Carlsen clarified that giving up the title doesn’t mean he’s done with chess. His win at the Super United Croatia tournament proved this point.
Carlsen won the match with a round to spare after a great second day and a steady last day. Firouzja and MVL finished just half a point behind Carlsen, while Magnus lost his previous two games and finished in third place. The Norwegian got 22.5 out of 36 points at the end and won $40,000 for it.
“The second day was hard for me, and the rapid wasn’t that great, but I think I got lucky because no one did a great job. For example, Maxime and Alireza did well today but not so well on the other days. Overall, the last two games. It’s a shame to end things this way, but I was tired all day. I just wanted to get through it, and I didn’t care as much once I had won the tournament. Overall, it’s been a great experience to be here. I like the city, and there’s a good vibe here and at the tournament. I hope to come back.” Carlsen told Alejandro Ramirez of the Saint Louis Chess Club. Keep updated in Okbet Latest News for more sports updates and best odds.
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