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Death Match 10 Predictions!

Though I don't always get around to writing a "preview blog" for every Blitz Death Match we host here on Chess.com, I figured the first big event of the new year definitely deserved some attention!

Firstly, I must say that even though I don't seem to have quite as much "funny juice" in me today as I did when I previewed Adamson v Ippolito back in October Tongue out (for the record, I did pick the winner) -- I will say that I could not be more excited about this match if the players were dedicating it to me personally (which is still a possibility you know Undecided)... So let's get started!

This Saturday's match up features two men, one desire, 3 rabbits, and 7 leprechauns -- BUT we can only have one winner! So the question I always ask myself, when I'm talking to myself (about myself Tongue out) is which one of these players *wants* it more.

Generally speaking, with the exception of 1 or 2 Death Matches, all of our "blitz battles" have been pretty close to equal in terms of strength of opponents. In the end, motivation and determination truly are as big of factors as talent. Or I just made all that up and you should just statistically pick the higher rated player and you will end up being right more often than not... Your call Wink!

When I look at these two men I see pride, I see power, I see a couple of bad a** motha's who won't take nothin' from nobody...

Again Junior! Wait, that's a different movie...

Anyhow, I see two extremely strong Grandmasters with all the tools needed to be crowned our 10th Blitz Death Match Champion. Both young, good rapid players, and both with a ton of experience playing online blitz and bullet chess (on Chess.com no less).

I think we have the makings for one of our most epic struggles yet! On paper we'd have to consider GM Negi to be the favorite. Playing consistently at a higher level than GM Ramirez these days, he comes in weighing a whopping 147 pounds! Oh, and he has a FIDE Rating of 2641 Tongue out!

Negi, or as his friends call him, "Dr. P", has been moving up the ranks for years, crushing "young Latin chess dreams" every step of the way, and has currently established himself as the 4th highest ranked player in India. A no brainer, right Lee?

Silly me, you are ALWAYS RIGHT Mr. Corso!!!

Though GM Ramirez may barely crack triple digits on the weight scale, what he lacks in muscle he makes up for with nicknames! Affectionately known to his fans as "A-Ram" and "Ale-J", his friends as, "Handi", his family as Alejandro Tadeo Franklin Alvarez Ramirez, people who don't really like him as "Sasha", his roommates as "Rent-Less" and his girlfriend as, well, that's not PG Wink.

LittlePeasant (yes, that's his username here on Chess.com - and you can look it up) has proven time and time again that he's not so little, nor is he a peasant where it really counts... I'm talking about his play on the chessboard of course Tongue out!

In all seriousness, LittlePeasant is well-known as one of the best online blitz and bullet players in the world, and he likely has a *tad* more experience with this type of straight-non-stop-blitz-bullet chess than Mr Negi (especially when you consider Handi's days in the Costa Rican prison where he grew up Cry).

So that's it, I'm taking my favorite little person - er, I mean LittlePeasant, and calling it: Ramirez to win in a tightly contested match! Mark your calendars for the biggest online chess event so far in 2013 (and yes, bigger than Tata... sorry Netherlands Tongue out).

Don't miss all the action LIVE as we cover it on www.Chess.com/tv! Me and my boy IM Pruess will have the blow by blow commentary for ALL our members to enjoy Wink.

Comments


  • 18 months ago

    rookiewoo

    Go Negi, but good luck to both of you anyway!! PINK!Cry

  • 21 months ago

    RookedOnChess

    Oran, the broadcasts are usually saved under the "videos" tab on the Chess.com/TV page. Go there and see if you're able to view it. Since it was an "All Members" show, it should be there, but I don't know if all members can view the archives (possibly just platinum and diamond), but it's worth a shot :)

  • 21 months ago

    Oran_perrett

    how do we view the match if we missed it live?

  • 22 months ago

    steve_bute

    My prediction:  Neither contestant will actually die as a result of this match. 92% probability.

  • 22 months ago

    RookedOnChess

    There were LOTS of viewers and chatters (some misbehavin'!) last night and some very exciting games! The chat was lit up with lots of "blue" fans for Ramirez and "red" for Negi, rooting them on while Danny and David were their usual entertaining and knowledgeable selves, so a great time was had by all :D

    Fantastic coverage, guys, and such a fun event. Thanks!!! And congrats to Negi!

    Looking forward to Death Match #11 on Feb. 2nd!

  • 22 months ago

    UkrChess

    A great event but an awful time for those in the UK...

  • 22 months ago

    sundek666

    negi ftw

  • 22 months ago

    jsudbang

    how/where do you watch this?

  • 22 months ago

    RichyJC

    Your both quite fit btw

  • 22 months ago

    RichyJC

    Good luck!

  • 22 months ago

    gmtravis

    Ramirez has got this

  • 22 months ago

    aathifrox

    Best of luck 4 both of u

  • 22 months ago

    plutonia

    I was looking forward to this, but the time is terrible!

    In the UK it's going to be at 2.00 am, in mainland Europe 3.00am...

    ok that it's a Sunday so we can stay up in the middle of the night to watch it, but all the other events scheduled for USA-morning / Europe-evening were much more convenient.

  • 22 months ago

    spartanphil

    hmmm, not so excited...

  • 22 months ago

    NUFC_Chess_Master

    Please have a look at Newcastle United and Football Blog! :)

  • 22 months ago

    ReYatSu

    good luck!

  • 22 months ago

    JudeMarlucRestituto

    good luck both of youWink

  • 22 months ago

    GoodGoodChess

    Death-Match... LOL

  • 22 months ago

    pingo420

    Rooting for Negi.

  • 22 months ago

    ChessisGood

    Good luck, Ramirez!

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