FTX Crypto Cup: Giri leads, ‘horrible’ start for Carlsen
GM Anish Giri had the best opening day at the FTX Crypto Cup, stage six of the Champions Chess Tour. Dutch GM scored 4/5 on Sunday. World champion Magnus Carlsen only scored 50 percent and said he played “horrible” chess.
The Champions Chess Tour continues with another new title sponsor. This time it’s FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The total prize amount is $ 320,000, and the original press release referred to “$ 100,000 paid in crypto,” a novelty in the world of chess.
However, this part of the price fund was mocked on social media when the crypto markets suffered a significant decline in recent weeks. Now, the organizers have decided to turn that $ 100,000 Bitcoin bonus into 2.1825 Bitcoin instead. At the time of writing this article, the value is just under $ 80,000.
FTX Crypto Cup | Ranking round 5
|1||Giri||2780||2980||1||½||½||1||1||4.0 / 5|
|2||Nakamura||2736||2918||½||½||½||1||1||3.5 / 5|
|3||Vachier-Lagrave||2760||2920||½||½||1||½||1||3.5 / 5|
|4||Therefore||2770||2912||½||½||½||1||1||3.5 / 5|
|5||Ding||2799||2815||0||½||½||1||1||3.0 / 5|
|6||Radjabov||2765||2832||½||½||½||1||½||3.0 / 5|
|7||Firouzja||2759||2853||½||½||½||½||1||3.0 / 5|
|8||Caruana||2820||2758||½||½||1||½||0||2.5 / 5|
|9||Nepomniachtchi||2792||2754||0||½||½||½||1||2.5 / 5|
|ten||Carlsen||2847||2745||0||½||½||1||½||2.5 / 5|
|11||Svidler||2714||2715||0||0||½||1||½||2.0 / 5|
|12||Dubov||2710||2676||½||½||0||0||1||2.0 / 5|
|13||Aronian||2781||2706||½||½||½||½||0||2.0 / 5|
|14||Mamedyarov||2770||2629||0||0||1||0||½||1.5 / 5|
|15||Grischuk||2776||2507||0||0||0||0||1||1.0 / 5|
|16||Pichot||2630||2401||0||0||½||0||0||0.5 / 5|
Tour leader Carlsen, who took over the overall Tour classification from GM Wesley So by winning stage five, got off to a bumpy start. Already in his first game, in which he beat GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, analysis shows that the Norwegian GM was not in full control in the final phase:
Carlsen’s second-round match was highly anticipated as he faced GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, his opponent in the upcoming World Championship game. The Russian GM also needs a warm-up (scoring 2.5 / 5, like Carlsen) and blundered a rally in this game, but somehow managed to eliminate the draw. at random:
After a quick draw with So (these top online tournaments continue to be marred by a huge amount of identical draws after moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. OO 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 would be nice if this specific line could be banned in the regulation ), Carlsen then lost against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The Frenchman was “ordered to move” in a Sicilian dragon but handled it well:
Carlsen ended his day with a draw against GM Alan Pichot, the lowest-rated player in the field who had lost his other four games. “To look on the bright side, I’m a bit lucky to have the score that I have,” Carlsen said. “But in terms of the quality of the game, it obviously needs to improve.”
Giri, on the other hand, continues to show the great form he had at the Magnus Carlsen Invitational and during most of the Candidates games last month. The Dutchman has won three matches and drawn. In the first round, he overtook Pichot in super style:
Another tactical moment that caught this author’s attention came in-game with GM Alexander Grischuk. In terms of math, Giri is doing very well at the moment:
Two of the three American players, GM Hikaru Nakamura and So, started with a solid plus-two points. Note that once again it’s all about finishing in the top eight after 15 laps.
The third American, GM Fabiano Caruana, was struggling a bit. The world number two is making his Champions Chess Tour debut and hadn’t played an online game for six months. The last time was during the 2020 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship on November 15, 2020.
All games Day 1
The FTX Crypto Cup will take place May 23-31 on chess24. The preliminary stage is a fast-paced (15 | 10) 16-player round robin tournament. The top eight players move on to a six-day knockout that consists of two days of four-game quick matches, which advance to blitz (5 | 3) and armageddon (White has five minutes, Black has four no increments) of the breakouts. tie only if a knockout match is tied after Matchday 2. The prize fund is $ 220,000 with a bonus of 2.18 Bitcoin.