GM Anish Giri had the most effective first day on the FTX Crypto Cup, the sixth leg of the Champions Chess Tour. The Dutch GM scored 4/5 on Sunday. World Champion Magnus Carlsen scored simply 50 p.c and mentioned he had performed “terrible” chess.
The Champions Chess Tour continues with one more new title sponsor. This time it is FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives alternate firm primarily based within the San Francisco Bay Space. The whole prize fund is $320,000, and the unique press launch spoke of “a cool $100,000 paid in crypto,” a novelty within the chess world.
Nevertheless, this a part of the prize fund was mocked on social media when the crypto markets suffered a major drop up to now few weeks. Now, the organizers determined to show that $100K Bitcoin bonus into 2.1825 Bitcoin as a substitute. On the time of writing, the worth is barely beneath $80,000.
FTX Crypto Cup | Spherical 5 Standings
Tour chief Carlsen, who took over the general Tour standings from GM Wesley So by profitable the fifth leg, had a bumpy begin. Already in his first recreation, during which he beat GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, evaluation reveals that the Norwegian GM wasn’t in full management within the remaining part:
Carlsen’s round-two recreation was a lot anticipated as he confronted GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, his opponent within the upcoming world championship match. The Russian GM additionally wants some warming up (scoring 2.5/5, like Carlsen) and blundered an alternate on this recreation however in some way managed to scrape out the draw:
After a fast draw with So (these on-line prime tournaments proceed to be marred with an infinite quantity of similar attracts following the strikes 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. dxe5 Nxb5 7. a4 Nbd4 8. Nxd4 d5 9. exd6 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Qxd6 11. Qe4+ Qe6 12. Qd4 Qd6 13. Qe4+ Qe6 14. Qd4 Qd6—it will be good if this particular line may very well be forbidden within the rules), Carlsen then misplaced to GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The Frenchman was “move-ordered” right into a Sicilian Dragon however dealt with it effectively:
Carlsen ended his day with a draw in opposition to GM Alan Pichot, the lowest-rated participant within the discipline who had misplaced his different 4 video games. “To look on the brilliant facet, I’m a bit bit on the lucky facet to have the rating that I’ve,” mentioned Carlsen. “However when it comes to high quality of play, it clearly has to enhance.”
Giri, alternatively, continues to indicate his nice kind that he had on the Magnus Carlsen Invitational and through most video games eventually month’s Candidates. The Dutchman received three video games and drew two. Within the first spherical, he outplayed Pichot in nice type:
One other tactical second that caught this creator’s eye occurred within the recreation with GM Alexander Grischuk. Calculation-wise, Giri is doing glorious in the mean time:
Two of the three American gamers, GM Hikaru Nakamura and So, began with a strong plus-two rating. Notice that when once more, it is all about ending among the many prime eight after 15 rounds.
The third American, GM Fabiano Caruana, was struggling a bit. The world number-two is making his debut within the Champions Chess Tour and hadn’t performed a recreation on-line in six months. The final time was within the 2020 Chess.com Velocity Chess Championship on November 15, 2020.
All Video games Day 1
The FTX Crypto Cup runs Could 23-31 on chess24. The preliminary part is a 16-player speedy (15|10) round-robin. The highest eight gamers advance to a six-day knockout that consists of two days of four-game speedy matches, which advance to blitz (5|3) and armageddon (White has 5 minutes, Black 4 with no increment) tiebreaks provided that a knockout match is tied after the second day. The prize fund is $220,000 with a bonus of two.18 Bitcoin.