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Dramatic Day Of Chess Leads To Duda-Aronian, Wei-Rapport Semifinals

The semifinals of the FTX Street to Miami match will see the matches GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs. GM Levon Aronian and GM Wei Yi vs. GM Richard Rapport. In three of Thursday’s quarterfinal matches, the youthful participant took the lead however then was eradicated in any case.

This manner, the match stated goodbye to the top-two finishers of the preliminaries, GMs Sam Sevian and Arjun Erigaisi, whereas GMs Jeffery Xiong and Anish Giri additionally did not advance.

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Sevian-Wei 2.5-3.5

By profitable the preliminaries, Sevian was routinely paired with the participant ending in eighth place. After three video games, he appeared properly on his approach to knock out Wei, who could not win his two white video games and misplaced as Black.

The Chinese language participant, nevertheless, managed to win on demand (scoring his first win in 12 rounds) to power a tiebreak of two 5+3 video games. This time, he did win as White, utilizing 1.b3 and ultimately profitable in a middlegame with opposite-colored bishops:

Rapport-Xiong 4-2

Right here it was Xiong who took the lead in sport two, however Rapport struck again immediately, so each received with the black items. With attracts within the different two video games, this match additionally went to tiebreak, the place Rapport received each video games.

Within the first, he laid the inspiration by profitable with the black items, utilizing the at all times fascinating King’s Indian:

Richard Rapport FTX Road to Miami
Rapport about this King’s Indian: “I felt like he did not fairly know what to do in a way that he was making an attempt to play stable, but in addition sooner or later he was having some ambitions. While you mix these two issues, issues can [lead] to catastrophic outcomes.” Picture: Champions Chess Tour.

Aronian-Erigaisi 2.5-1.5

You guessed it: right here, it was Erigaisi who began with a win—a wonderful sport by the 18-year-old grandmaster, by the way in which. After a draw, Aronian received with the black items after which determined the match earlier than the tiebreak with one other win as his opponent erred in a queen endgame:

Aronian did not suppose expertise prevailed on this match, saying: “These days younger gamers play a lot on-line chess. I am unsure who’s extra skilled, me or him in on-line chess!”

Duda-Giri 2.5-1.5

It should have been painful for the Dutch grandmaster, perhaps to not lose this match, however the way in which he did it. After a draw within the first sport, Giri constructed up a profitable benefit however blundered it away in a single transfer: 

In a must-win sport, Giri bought a King’s Indian-like construction as Black and that meant there have been positively some dynamic probabilities. Nonetheless, he waited too lengthy with the everyday pawn break …g5-g4 and, in truth, as a result of no piece commerce and no pawn transfer was made in any respect, the sport resulted in a draw due to the 50-move rule.

Afterward, Duda stated: “I used to be really hoping that … maybe there was an opportunity that he did not understand there was 50 strikes coming, so I used to be sort of making an attempt to discourage him from enjoying …g4, or …a6, some pawn transfer.”

Jan-Krzysztof Duda FTX Road to Miami
Duda: “I believe it was the weakest match I ever performed towards Anish, however I’m nonetheless blissful.” Picture: Champions Chess Tour.

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FXT Road to Miami results

The 2022 Champions Chess Tour’s fifth occasion, the FXT Street To Miami, takes place July 10-17, 2022 on chess24. The preliminary section is a 16-player speedy (15|10) round-robin. The highest eight gamers advance to the knockout section 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 $150,000.

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