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16th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 6/7/13, 6:43 AM.

Chess fans have already set their calendars for this Sunday's Death Match 15 (noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific), featuring our highest-rated participant ever, world number four GM Fabiano Caruana. He'll face off against the bullet maestro GM Valeriy Aveskulov. Go ahead and click your July button as well:

GM Robert Hungaski and GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian are confirmed to play in Chess.com's Death Match 16 on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 pm. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific.

The two GMs will face off in three hours of intense blitz and bullet chess until a clear winner is determined! The victor will get the fame, the glory, and a large chunk of the $1000 cash prize!

GM Robert Hungaski -- FIDE 2471, is one of the United States' newest grandmasters, having just been awarded the title in January of this year. A former gold medal winner at the Pan-American Junior Championships, he spent much of his childhood in South America and learned three languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese).


Now in the U.S., he was a frequent player in the U.S. Chess League, where he has the second-most all-time MVP points for the New England Nor'easters. He also led the team to the 2010 title with a 2780 performance rating. In 2011, he dominated the New York International, beating the field by a full 1.5 points (second place was former world top-five GM Jaan Ehlvest). He has also represented the U.S. in the 2012 World Cities Team Championship, playing third board for Chicago (where he would be Ehlvest's teammate!). He earned his final GM norm back in South America.

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GM Robert Hungaski (R) playing GM Hikaru Nakamura at the World Open

Here is Hungaski's cute final tactic to help his team win in the 2010 U.S. Chess League Finals.

GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian -- FIDE 2544, did not start competing until he was 10 years old, but he has made up for any lost time by winning several Brazilian youth championships, including twice being the Under-20 Champion. He is of Armenian descent but is now the sixth highest-rated player in Brazil. Mekhitarian also played in this year's esteemed Tata Steel Tournament, where he finished a respectable fourth place in the "C" group. In March, he had his biggest victory ever, winning his country's national championship. He said his next goal is to make 2600.

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GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Several years ago, he cited this as one of his best games:

So it will be a little South American Saturday special on July 20th when these two polyglots meet for three hours of fast-paced chess action. Pre-match interviews start at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. The action will be covered live on ChessTV, open to all members and hosted by IM Danny Rensch with special guests!





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  • 18 months ago

    Sabevissia

    That date change hurts me, ouch. I went from being able to watch it to not being able to ugg. I would have loved to seen this, seems I always miss them. Getting to watch 2 of the worlds top players (and yes they are still in that top player list by far) to duke it out in some blitz action is nice. 

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    With a player like Carlsen you can see that he is less influenced by computers than other players who are less successful. I think it is one of the advantages of our generation – one of the reasons our generation is still doing well – is that we learnt to play on a good basis, and then learnt how to use computers in our favour, while a lot of young players only know how to use computers and don't have a good basis. Instead of thinking they are used to press a button and see what the computer says. So like any invention it can be used in a good or a bad way. One of the secrets of success now-a-days it to use computers in your favour and not let computers rule your thinking ability." 

  • 19 months ago

    magic-yak

    Lol after watching this deathmatch I thought to myself "we need to get lower rated gms on here so I can enjoy the match more"

    I guess I'm in the minority

  • 19 months ago

    CM JamesColeman

    Well I'm looking forward to this anyway!

  • 19 months ago

    Marcokim

    @deepmac... I do get your point, we might as well have the best players here. Thats fine but my point is that the average standard rating in Chess.com is 1300 or thereabouts (I am not sure about the FIDE equivalent maybe a notch higher 1400 or so)... apart from star value, the average chess.com member couldn't tell the difference between an Aronian/Carslen game and an Ipatov/Aveskulov match if it hit him in the head a 100mph. The first have an average rating of 2800+ the second an average rating of 2560...

    It might even be more instructive for us to watch 2000 - 2300 matches as the ideas involved wouldn't be as far removed from our skill level. Any GM game will be over your head anyway so lets stop complaining and hope we learn something. GM Alex Ipatov (2560) is a meanow in top tournaments and would be a whipping boy in a 2650 tournament, but he plays 10match simuls here on chess.com and despite the occasional cheat is able to get 10-0 results and at worst 8.5-1.5 results against decent chess.com players. 

    Just enjoy the game. I think the only way Carlsen would play here is if his sponsors give out the prize money and still he wouldn't play at 100% since he needs to protect his ideas. Caruana is a possible future champion or at least a future contender so thats quite good aleady.

  • 19 months ago

    dweezil28

    you think a prize of $2000 is going to bring in carlsen and anand?! how do i block this guy?

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    ok lets see and lets end this 2 players with rating under 2600 are playing in number 1 chess tourny in biggest chess website in world this looks good nah ?i don know why you guys trying to say that this gms are good i really dont know!!! karpov said that a real gm is 2600+ if you tell a 2500 gm a good player that means u are loser and your dream is to have game with 2500 gm well my dream is not this i played with 2600 players and 2675 i see in websites like icc they invite gata kamsky and megnus carlsen to have game even hikaru chess.com is much better than icc the most bring carlsen with anand in death match and the most make the prize of 2000 and 3000 with 1000 nobody will even come 

  • 19 months ago

    JamesDCharles

    @Marcokim

    Agree.

  • 19 months ago

    Bobby4785

    I would like to seee Karjakin in such deathmatch!

  • 19 months ago

    Marcokim

    "bad GMs" LOL.... yet the average rating of active players in the USCF is 1200. Take the kids out and you are pushing 1400... these 1400 players through hard work and dedication can push up to the 1700 barrier. I think thats the limit of normal person plus hard work and dedication.

    Now most GMs (even "bad ones") were easily playing at 1700+ by the age of 10yrs. Getting to 2000 is a quantum leap in understanding. A 2000 player easily crushes 1700 opposition. Getting to 2300+ is another quantum leap in understanding and a 2300 FM will destroy 2000 players and etch out a few games against a GM. To get a GM norm you have to have a PR (Performance rating) of 2560+ for at least 3 tournaments. That means winning IM tournaments and posting at least middle pack in Cat 16 tournaments.

    A "bad GM" is therefore a very skilled practitioner of the art of chess and you should be honored to have a chance to play any GM "bad" or "good". And being in the top 99.94 percentile in anything is pretty damn good... means you out of 10,000 you are in the top 6.

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    i dont want to pay 2000 this website most pay a bit more money to invite strong players such as kamsky... thiss is best website in world?

  • 19 months ago

    AncientAlienInnuendo

    you pay 2000 bro. You can't even follow these "bad GM" games where is your common sense? You should be happy you made the first page bro lol

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    no we unlucky bro you know why 2 bad games are playing death match this is kidnapining and true just pay 2000 and bring some strong players 

  • 19 months ago

    Timothy_P

    Exactly we are lucky to have any GMs play.

  • 19 months ago

    BloodyJack

    Wow at the stupidity in the comments Cry

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    you tell them great bro? than you dont see 2600 gm in your life 

  • 19 months ago

    dweezil28

    isnt that an oxymoron? bad gm? these guys get their gm norms for a reason. they are great players.

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    also Conrad Holt vs Nigel Short would be great

  • 19 months ago

    deepmac

    dweezil28 we dont need super gm and we also dont need such bad gms this guys tell us we are worlds number 1 website that and than they bring 2 very bad gms at least bring salem ar saleh he is good gm or like akopian they are really strong and good player 

  • 19 months ago

    Dev5

    Variant is playing sick!!!'

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