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GM Magnus Carlsen elevated his lead on the FTX Crypto Cup to 2 factors on Saturday because of beating GM Alireza Firouzja within the tiebreak. The chief will face the runner-up in Sunday’s ultimate spherical: Praggnanandhaa R., who misplaced to GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

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Carlsen-Firouzja 3.5-2.5

This conflict began with a bang as each gamers gained their white sport in reasonably crushing fashion. Especially Firouzja’s win, the place he used a beautiful rook maneuver in opposition to an off-beat line from  Carlsen, was good. While getting completely outplayed, Carlsen saved on smiling and because it turned out, through the sport he was listening to Norwegian comedy on his earphones.

Things calmed down a bit with two attracts, when the gamers moved on to a blitz tiebreak. Carlsen gained the primary sport pretty easily, however the second sport was fairly completely different. “I used to be underneath strain the entire time, Carlsen mentioned. “I really feel like I’ve had the identical factor in opposition to him a few instances in Norway Chess already, that it simply will get manner out of hand. At some level I used to be simply useless misplaced however, you already know, you struggle until the tip!””

Duda-Praggnanandhaa 4-2

Because Praggnanandhaa misplaced, Carlsen’s lead is now two factors which implies that the world champion secures event victory if he makes it to the tiebreak on Sunday. Pragg’s process is to beat his illustrious opponent within the fast section.

Duda will not be profitable the event, however a minimum of he can say that he beat the highest two gamers. Similar to his battle with Carlsen the opposite day, the Polish GM might have determined his match with Praggnanandhaa within the fast, however ultimately did so within the blitz.

It helped that, within the first blitz sport, Pragg blundered right into a mate-in-one in a profitable place:

Jan-Krzysztof Duda FTX Crypto
Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeated each Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Le-Giri 2.5-0.5

It took just a few days for GM Le Quang Liem to get into form, however after beating Praggnanandhaa convincingly with 2.5-0.5, he defeated GM Anish Giri with the identical rating. The first sport noticed some wild techniques and an analysis bar that went loopy:

Aronian-Niemann 2.5-1.5

GM Hans Niemann additionally misplaced his sixth match to GM Levon Aronian regardless of, as soon as once more, beginning with a wonderful win within the first sport: 

Aronian then gained each of his white video games and drew the one in between. The first win was fairly good:

Levon Aronian FTX Crypto
Aronian: “I talked to myself earlier than the sport simply to play on intuition with out actually calculating a lot and it labored out. When you are not in a fine condition and also you’re blundering quite a bit, in some unspecified time in the future you simply must depend on your instincts.” Image: Champions Chess Tour.

All video games spherical 6

FTX Crypto Cup | Round 6 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Pts
1 Magnus Carlsen 2822 15
2 Praggnanandhaa R. 2751 13
3 Alireza Firouzja 2793 12
4 Le Quang Liem 2775 9
5-6 Levon Aronian 2793 8
5-6 Jan-Krzyztof Duda 2792 8
7 Anish Giri 2783 7
8 Hans Niemann 2615 0

The FTX Crypto Cup, the sixth occasion within the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, takes place August 15-21, 2022 on chess24. The format is a round-robin amongst eight gamers, who play a match of 4 fast video games (15+10) in every spherical. The winner earns $7,500 and three factors. In the case of a tie, a two-game blitz tiebreak is performed (5+3), adopted by an armageddon sport (5 vs. 4). In that case, the winner earns $5,000 and two factors; the loser, $2,500 and one level. The prize fund is $210,000 plus an extra $100,000 tied to the value of Bitcoin.

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