The Romanian women's handball champion CSM Bucharest was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by Team Esbjerg of Denmark. The Romanians needed a victory by two goals, to advance. In the first match, held in Bucharest, the Scandinavians won 26-25. Sunday s match ended in a draw, each side scoring 27 goals. Esbjerg thus qualified for the Final Four which will be played in Budapest.
Superbet Chess Classic, the first stage of the Grand Chess Tour circuit, brought together in Bucharest nine of the best 12 chess players in the world. In addition to the nine, Bogdan Deac, aged 20, number 1 in Romania, also participates in this tournament. He is the beneficiary of a wild card, as in last year's edition. In the third round, Deac defeated Richard Rapport, world number 5. After 4 rounds, the American Wesley So, with 3 points ranks first, followed by Maxime Vachier - Lagrave (France), Bogdan Deac of Romania and Levon Aronian (United States), each with 2.5 points. The winner will be decided based on the number of points won by each participant. The total prizes for the Bucharest stage stand at 350,000 dollars.
The finals of the King's and Queen's Oina Cup were held on Saturday morning on the Triumphal Arch stadium in Bucharest. Progresul Băilești and Dacia Mioveni played in the Queen's Cup, Progresul winning the match 5-2. Frontiera Tomis Constanța and Biruinta Gherăești of Neamț County met in the King's Cup. Constanta, the defending champions, won 16-12. The medals were handed over by Her Majesty Margareta, the Custodian of the Romanian Crown.
Last weekend, the eighth round of the Romanian football First League was played, the play-off / play-out phase. In the playoffs, on Saturday, Farul Constanţa - FC Voluntari ended the match in a draw, 1-1, while FC Argeş was defeated by CFR Cluj 0-6. On Sunday, in Craiova, FCSB won the match against Universitatea Craiova, 1-0. CFR Cluj is top of the tables with 54 points, followed by FCSB with 52 points and Universitatea Craiova with 45 points. (EE)