Because the winner of the preliminaries, GM Sam Sevian enters the knockout stage of the FTX Street to Miami event as the highest seed. The American grandmaster will face GM Wei Yi within the quarterfinals.
GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who misplaced to Sevian within the ultimate spherical, did not make it to the knockout and GM Leinier Dominguez additionally didn’t make the minimize, whereas GMs Anish Giri and Levon Aronian did qualify.
No one will enter the knockout section undefeated. GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda suffered his first loss in spherical 13 as we speak, dropping a spectacular recreation towards GM Aryan Tari, Norway’s solely consultant on this occasion—with out the participation of the world champion.
Tary performed a number of wonderful video games whereas exhibiting some fascinating opening concepts (particularly as White vs. the Sicilian) however missed out on the highest eight by only one level. On this recreation, Duda was the primary to give you a shock. It possible wasn’t a mouse slip, which did come later within the recreation:
Duda was additionally the one participant to beat Sevian, within the 14th spherical of the preliminaries. Black’s place turned virtually hopeless after a knight sacrifice on g7, which turned White’s dark-squared bishop right into a monster:
Mamedyarov needed to win his last-round recreation on demand towards Sevian (and bought possibilities!) however the latter personally knocked out the Azerbaijani grandmaster in a pointy recreation:
Two American GMs, Sam Shankland and Hans Niemann, performed fairly disappointing tournaments. Typically, issues simply do not go your manner.
Within the ultimate spherical, Niemann performed an fascinating ready transfer (as soon as tried by Giri himself!) early within the King’s Indian, however his follow-up—after avoiding a transfer repetition—wasn’t nice and Giri received swiftly:
The event continues on Thursday with the quarterfinals Sevian vs. Wei, Erigaisi vs. Aronian, Duda vs. Giri, and Rapport vs. Xiong.
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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 fast (15|10) round-robin. The highest eight gamers advance to the knockout section that consists of two days of four-game fast 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.