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🏆 FTX Crypto Cup (2022)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Le Quang Liem, Hans Moke Niemann, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa Chess Event Description
FTX Crypto Cup (2022)

Name: FTX Crypto Cup Event Date: August 15th - 21st 2022 Type: 8-player Round-robin Site: Miami, FL USA, but played as an eSports-event online at the <Live Broadcast:> Time Control/ Format: - Each match consists of 4 rapid games, on the chess24 Playzone. 5 minutes for all their moves, with a 10-second increment after each move. - If the match is tied, there's a blitz tiebreak, with 2 blitz games. For blitz games it's 5 minutes and a 3-second increment. - if needed, there's a single Armageddon game. Armageddon game White has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 112  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Le Quang Liem vs Aronian  ½-½592022FTX Crypto CupE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. Le Quang Liem vs Aronian  ½-½1092022FTX Crypto CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Carlsen vs Giri 1-0302022FTX Crypto CupA48 King's Indian
4. Firouzja vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½542022FTX Crypto CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. Aronian vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½662022FTX Crypto CupA28 English
6. Niemann vs Duda 0-1372022FTX Crypto CupD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Firouzja vs R Praggnanandhaa 1-0422022FTX Crypto CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. R Praggnanandhaa vs Firouzja 1-0442022FTX Crypto CupC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Carlsen vs Giri ½-½332022FTX Crypto CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. R Praggnanandhaa vs Firouzja 1-0762022FTX Crypto CupC41 Philidor Defense
11. Giri vs Carlsen 0-1342022FTX Crypto CupC02 French, Advance
12. Duda vs Niemann 1-0592022FTX Crypto CupB33 Sicilian
13. Giri vs Carlsen ½-½352022FTX Crypto CupB06 Robatsch
14. Niemann vs Duda 0-1382022FTX Crypto CupE60 King's Indian Defense
15. Aronian vs Le Quang Liem 1-0442022FTX Crypto CupA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
16. R Praggnanandhaa vs Giri  ½-½462022FTX Crypto CupC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Firouzja vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½442022FTX Crypto CupC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
18. Duda vs Aronian 0-1462022FTX Crypto CupC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Carlsen vs Niemann 0-1422022FTX Crypto CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. Niemann vs Carlsen 0-1542022FTX Crypto CupC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Le Quang Liem vs Firouzja  0-1302022FTX Crypto CupD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. Giri vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½342022FTX Crypto CupA08 King's Indian Attack
23. Aronian vs Duda  0-1852022FTX Crypto CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Duda vs Aronian  ½-½342022FTX Crypto CupC55 Two Knights Defense
25. Carlsen vs Niemann 1-0722022FTX Crypto CupA00 Uncommon Opening
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Aug-18-22  Atterdag: After Wednesday 17, Carlsen and Pragg have won all their 3 matches; Giri and Niemann have lost all theirs.

Today Pragg meets Aronian, who barely lost to Carlsen, and Carlsen sits opposite to Liem Le.

So far this tournament has been very exciting with many entertaining games ... and interesting mini match results!

Peter Leko and Tania Sachdev make excellent, enthusiastic, sharp commentators - they supplement each other very well.

Judit Polgar or Tania Sachdev should be obligatory commentators - they add erudite charm and make their male co-commentators less nerdy-boring :-)

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  HeMateMe: only five minutes per game? Would it be so strenuous to play 30 minute chess?
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  Check It Out: No, its four 15+10 games, with blitz tie-breaks if needed. Good stuff.
Aug-18-22  Atterdag: Thursday's matches:

Firouzja-Duda, 2½-1½
Carlsen-Liem Le, 3-1
Praggnanandhaa-Aronian, 3-1 !!
Giri-Niemann 2½-1½

Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa are clearly in the lead with 12 Pts. each - Firouzja 3rd with 8.

Aug-19-22  hijma20: Please what's full time results of carlsen- liem le match yesterday?.
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  MissScarlett: Carlsen won 3-1: 1/2, 1/2, 1, 1.
Aug-20-22  Shamot: Already just won againt Carlsen. Good game! He tied up the championship from very beginning and made the champ look like a regular mediocre player. This kid has a potential if he becomes serious and gets some good training from a seasoned player like Anand or Kasparove.
Aug-20-22  Shamot: Alirezza
Aug-20-22  Shamot: Tied up the champ
Aug-20-22  Atterdag: <...and made the champ look like a regular mediocre player. > Oh please! In the recent Candidates, when it really counted, Firouzja became 6th with 6/14. A huge talent for sure, but he has a very long way before he can get anyway near Carlsen's level, less his merits.

And it's Alireza btw.

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  perfidious: <Atterdag>, new film due for release:

<Carlsen the 1400>, coming soon near you.

Aug-20-22  Shamot: Alireza crumbled like a cookie in the second game. This time he played like a mediocre player. Many bad moves that didn't make any sense.
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  perfidious: There is not the slightest doubt, in the mind of any discerning observer, that <Shamot> would ruthlessly punish any of these players, grinding them into fine powder, after the slightest error. He has already proven that Firouzja is a tenth-rate talent, perhaps 2300 on the best day of his life. (rolls eyes)
Aug-21-22  Atterdag: <perfidious> LOL - thanks for this morning starter! :-)
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  moronovich: Same here ;)

Humming "Morning has broken" by Cat Stevens.

Aug-21-22  Atterdag: On another note, the big show-downs today are Carlsen vs. Praggnanandhaa and Duda vs. Giri.

Pragg.s two last games vs. Duda yesterday were shocking (and you could say heartbreaking) defeats. I don't recall having seen a self-mate like this before. It paralyzed both Duda and the commentators. In the game thereafter, Pragg. had the better game until he began drifting, probably due to the shock of the previous game.

I hope, a good night's sleep will get the youngster afloat again. He played such a great tournament until the Duda match.

Duda, on the contrary, had a modest start, but has managed to beat both leaders! This has to strenghten his self-confidence vs. a Giri who must be disheartened not only after his defeat vs. Le Liem yesterday, but his overall performance in this tournament.

Exciting matches and games ahead!

Aug-21-22  Shamot: Oh, I forgot these are rapid games. So, yes they are allowed to make some mistakes. I will shut up. :-)
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  chancho: Carlsen wins the event.

Nothing new under the sun.

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  MissScarlett: <I don't recall having seen a self-mate like this before.>

This rings a bell: Short vs Beliavsky, 1992

Aug-22-22  tuttifrutty: No one can beat Magnus except Wesley So. And that’s a fact. Wesley got the pampered goldfish number.
Aug-22-22  Atterdag: Pragg. beat Carlsen in the final match, but as noted by <chancho> the master unsurprisingly grabs the victory. Great comeback for Pragg. who lost so miserably to Duda.

And a superb result for Pragg. and Firouzja, of course. The veterans, Aronian and Giri in particular, can't be happy.

Niemann's chess spoke for itself!

Some bell you have, <MissScarlett>. Well recalled ... and ouch! :-)

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  Rudolf Zipperer: Really looking forward to seeing more of <Pragg>. Enjoyed his games and style. Seems like a nice and humble kid, too!
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  PawnSac: < moronovich: "Morning has broken" by Cat Stevens. >

Isn't that "Mourning has broken" by Cat Carlsen?

< perfidious > lol Coming to a theater near Miami

Aug-23-22  paavoh: <This rings a bell: Short vs Beliavsky, 1992>

Kibitzing to that game provides other samples of chess tragedies. Somehow it is comforting to know that even the best players are not immune ...

Aug-28-22  fisayo123: Pragg beat Carlsen 3 times in a row! Impressive.
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