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7-0 Winning Streak and Armageddon: Iturrizaga and Niemann Win


GMs Eduardo Iturrizaga and Hans Niemann have been the winners of the eleventh and twelfth Play-ins of the Chess.com Global Championship. GMs Kirill Alekseenko and Martyn Kravtsiv every gained second place respectively, becoming a member of the winners in advancing to the knockout section. 

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Play-in 11

Iturrizaga gained clear first with an undefeated eight factors, beginning with a 7-0 profitable streak. He capped off the streak with a vital win over GM Le Liem by preventing it out for 70+ strikes within the ending. 

Alekseenko completed 2nd, and FM Marco Riehle leapfrogged a number of GMs to complete third with a victory within the last spherical. Their first playoff recreation seemed to be ending an equally-played draw when Riehle went for the win however overpressed, leaving his items on awkward squares and permitting Alekseenko to lure his knight.

In the second recreation, Alekseenko had a snug edge for a lot of the sport, however within the time scramble in a drawish queen ending, Riehle created attacking possibilities with dynamic play and finally checkmated. 

This meant an Armageddon playoff the place Alekseenko selected to take 5 minutes vs. ten to play black with draw odds. Riehle pressed each final drop of possibilities he may within the place, however in the end the 2 ended up in a dead-drawn king and pawn ending. 

By advancing, Iturrizaga and Alekseenko earn the possibility at a minimal of $5,000 within the knockout section together with their respective Play-In prizes of $850 and $600. Riehle earns $400 for third place. 

Play-in #11 Swiss | Final Standings (Top 10)












Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 17 GM iturrizaga Eduardo Iturrizaga 2623 8 35.25
2 10 GM BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2580 7.5 36
3 21 FM MarcoRiehle Marco Riehle 2532 7.5 34.75
4 8 GM vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 2611 7 38.5
5 24 GM XDPS Pablo Salinas Herrera 2505 7 37.5
6 23 GM mitrabhaa Mitrabha Guha 2519 7 35
7 18 GM promen1999 Benjamin Gledura 2521 7 34
8 33

GM Aygehovit1992 Nikita Matinian 2431 7 31.5
9 48

GM Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2544 7 29.5
10 27 GM Antipov_Mikhail_Al Mikhail Antipov 2518 6.5 27

*Note a playoff happens between second and third place for qualification into the Knockout Phase.

(full last standings right here.) 

Play-in 12

Niemann completed in clear first, scoring eight factors and going undefeated. He defeated GM Vladislav Kovalev in spherical seven by gaining a potent rook on the seventh rank and searching down his opponent’s pawns to achieve a profitable ending. 

GM Guha Mitrabha and Kravtsiv completed second and third, tying with 7.5 factors. Kravtsiv gained the primary playoff recreation by activating his items to concentrate on Guha’s open kingside. 

 Kravtsiv additionally gained the second recreation, profitable materials via tactical play after which chasing his opponent’s queen right into a nook to stop any counterplay. 

In the post-match interview, Kravtsiv shared about his quest to qualifying and what number of Play-Ins it is taken: “Maybe 10, I began to play two weeks in the past, possibly six or eight… It is sort of onerous [to qualify].”

By advancing, Niemann and Kravtsiv earn the possibility at a minimal of $5,000 within the knockout section together with their respective Play-In prizes of $850 and $600. Mitrabha earns $400 for third place. 

Play-in #12 Swiss | Final Standings (Top 10)












Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 4 GM HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 2643 8 41
2 16 GM mitrabhaa Mitrabha Guha 2538 7.5 36.75
3 11 GM Cayse Martyn Kravtsiv 2571 7.5 34.5
4 25 IM MITerryble Renato Terry 2502 7.5 32
5 19 GM Antipov_Mikhail_Al Mikhail Antipov 2528 7 37.5
6 10 GM Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2582 7 34.75
7 13 GM spicycaterpillar Ray Robson 2549 7 33.5
8 5 GM BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 2609 7 30.5
9 7 GM vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 2605 6.5 32.25
10 12 GM platy3 Alan Pichot 2550 6.5 31

*Note a playoff happens between second and third place for qualification into the Knockout Phase.

(full last standings right here.)


The Chess.com Global Championship is a worldwide prize occasion open to all Chess.com verified gamers. The occasion has a $1,000,000 prize fund and brings collectively gamers from all around the globe with chess legends like GMs Alexei Shirov, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Hou Yifan, and lots of extra. The Play-in section consists of 16 Swiss tournaments which can award the top-two gamers from every occasion with a share of the $60,000 prize fund and a spot within the CGC Knockouts.


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