It's official! Rising stars GM Alexander Ipatov and GM Marc Arnold are confirmed to participate in Chess.com's 12th Blitz Death Match, set to take place Saturday, March 30th, at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern. The two young studs will duke it out for the $1000 cash prize, as well as the pride and glory of becoming a Blitz Death Match Champion!
GM Ipatov recently entered the limelight by winning the 2012 World Junior Championship, ahead of such stars as GM Ding Liren, GM Yu Yangyi, and many other strong junior GMs. Alexander has competed all over the world and is currently ranked 4th among Turkish chess players, with a FIDE rating of 2569.
Reigning World Junior Champion, GM Alexander Ipatov!
GM Arnold comes in as a slight underdog with a FIDE rating of 2538, but Marc's future chess career is just as promising, as he recently became the 2012 U.S. Junior Champion and has been on a steady rise for the past few years. With lots of experience in blitz and bullet, Marc should in no way be underestimated.
Reigning US Junior Champion, GM Marc Arnold!
Although the two players have never played each other before, and are even friends (away from the chessboard!!), they are sure to be motivated to give it their best with the goal of defeating a fellow young star.
Be sure to catch all of the live action, including pre-match interviews on Saturday, March 30th, at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern, open to all members on Chess.com/tv! IM Rensch and other special guests will bring you "play by play" of all the action as it happens.