SuperUnited Rapid & Blitz Croatia 2024: Day 1 | #GrandChessTour

Live from The Westin Zagreb, the SuperUnited Rapid & Blitz is the fifth edition in our Croatia series and the third of five legs of the Grand Chess Tour. Seven of the Tour players are joined by three wildcards (pairings below) for a rapid round robin and a blitz double round robin. Today are the first three rounds of the rapid round robin. Join GMs Yasser Seirawan & Evgenij Miroshnichenko, and IM Jovanka Houska for the move-by-move.


RAPID ROUND 1 (Games Worth 2 Points) | 25 Min. Incr. 10 Sec.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Alireza Firouzja
Fabiano Caruana vs. Vidit Gujrathi
Levon Aronian vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Wesley So vs. Gukesh D
Ivan Saric vs. Anish Giri

RAPID ROUND 2 (Games Worth 2 Points) | 25 Min. Incr. 10 Sec.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Fabiano Caruana
Anish Giri vs. Wesley So
Alireza Firouzja vs. Gukesh D
Vidit Gujrathi vs. Levon Aronian
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Ivan Saric

RAPID ROUND 3 (Games Worth 2 Points) | 25 Min. Incr. 10 Sec.
Fabiano Caruana vs. Alireza Firouzja
Levon Aronian vs. Ian Nepomniachtchi
Wesley So vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Gukesh D vs. Anish Giri
Ivan Saric vs. Vidit Gujrathi


  1. Why these professional chess commenters keep avoiding the word "takes" when the peace is captured. Like @ 1:17:37 Christian says "..because after Queen to d7 you have Knight to e5". But the white Bishop is on d7, so he should have said ".. because after Queen takes d7 you have Knight to e5". Especially when talking fast, it's much easier to follow what's going on.
    I never heard Yasser missing these simple rules and it's disappointing so many other commenters do.

  2. Carlsen ngk hadir
    Hmmm psti menang klu carlsen ada

  3. 49:00 round 1 is a special treat. Both Aronian-mvl and nepo-firouja are archetypal opposite-castling positions. Each one is an attacking race with tremendous variety and energy. What a contrast with drier games we all plod through while waiting for positions like these.

  4. Is Jovanka's pronunciation ("Chass", "chack", "tan saconds", "Gukash") typical for a particular part of England, or is it all her personal own?

  5. Will Vidit be awarded the golden egg prize if he does not win or draw a single game?

  6. Let go of the shameful abuse of power and bring back Hans Niemann , please

  7. 40:00 You seem to forget, we're here for the chess. There are constant smiling interruptions at the most intriguing points, as if what we're looking at just doesn't matter at all: let's just forget all about that and go straight to Zagreb. WE DON'T CARE if they're standing by in Zagreb with an interview and some boring platitudes (or especially your announcers' silly guesses about the winner). LET 'EM WAIT! Tell production to stop wetting their pants. We're trying to watch some chess!

  8. Wesley is right: your engine is distinctly inferior – especially for broadcast of important tournaments to a wide audience. Please start using lichess's stockfish at least; don't bother posting any more bogus question marks until you do. We're not talking supercomputers here, just a competent modern engine.

    (PS: A move does not deserve exclamation just because the only other move is checkmate in one.)

  9. Vidit should not play speed chess. He is really bad at it

  10. @Jovanka & Yasser: His name is Šarić. Do your homework. Cristian even gave you a hint with his correct pronunciation.

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