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15th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 5/13/13, 3:48 PM.

The winners of the 2nd Annual Blitz Death Match Qualifier have been contacted, and their participation in Chess.com's 15th Blitz Death Match on June 9th at 9AM Pacific time is now confirmed:

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GM Fabiano Caruana - world # 8 according to the FIDE Live Rating List - finished as the top rated, active blitz player on Chess.com during the month of April! With the main criteria being a minimum of 100 games to be played, in the given time control, during the qualifying period - Fabiano took the blitz honors. He is set to square off again GM Valeriy Aveskulov, who managed to do the same (finish as the top rated, active player) in the bullet section. 

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In what is sure to be one of our most highly anticipated match ups to date, we will for the first time witness a player in the top 10 of the world competing in the "Death Match Arena". Admittedly, one of the delaying factors in making the official announcement was simply confirming scheduling for both players, especially in Caruana's case, as he plans to fly to Moscow for the Tal Memorial less than 48 hours after the match!

GM Fabiano Caruana

GM Fabiano Caruana -- FIDE 2774, comes in as the clear match favorite. Fabiano has recently become one of Chess.com's most active players in Live Chess. His accomplishments are many, but here we will include only one of his nicer, more recent victories: his win over newly crowned U.S. Champion, GM Gata Kamsky, at the recent Zug Grand Prix:

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GM Valeriy Aveskulov -- FIDE 2519 is no stranger to elite chess events himself! Valeriy, perhaps better known to Chess.com fans as LuckyTiger, recently added "author" to his professional resume - authoring Attack with Black, and receiving many outstanding reviews for his work.

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GM Valeriy Aveskulov
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Though Valeriy will be the underdog on paper, he is certainly more experienced with Chess.com's playing interface, and he will look to make a big move in the final bullet time control phase.

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Here's a great, resourceful win from the career of GM Aveskulov, over the author of this very news report! You can check out many of his great blitz and bullet victories on our site by clicking here:

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Mark your calendars, and don't miss all the live match on www.Chess.com/TV - Sunday, June 9th at 9AM Pacific, 12 Noon Eastern. International Master Danny Rensch, along with a Special Guest Commentator, will cover all the action for you!

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  • 14 months ago

    warrior689

    wata time will it be in the phillippies

  • 14 months ago

    CM Anadar

    Aveskulov is previous Ukraine Champion. Dynamic, dangerous player - you can see from his excellent book "Attack With Black". Caruana currently number 4 in the world. Going to be plenty of fighting chess. Looks like a great match!

  • 14 months ago

    iatgcoat

    Aveskulov - "he will look to make a big move in the final bullet time control phase" - he should be careful not to jinx himself by predicting a greater performance in one of the three phases - we've seen how past deathmatch players have often set false expectations for themselves in this way...when you interview him pre-game, Daniel, perhaps you should try to de-emphasize this idea...

  • 14 months ago

    iatgcoat

    This article should be updated to reflect Fab's new Live Rating status at world's number 4 post Thessaloniki - looking forward to witnessing this great upcoming deathmatch.

  • 14 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    I am a Caruana fan but I will be rooting for the underdog GM Valeriy Aveskulov ! 

  • 14 months ago

    Bygeorge67

    How do I 'tune in?' and where?  Is there a site?

  • 14 months ago

    0smartman0

    so its not good, we lose masters here..Frown

  • 14 months ago

    diaa66

    It will be very nice match, i will waite for it

  • 14 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    @ 0smartman0, the loser obviously has to end his own existence. What else could a "Death Match" result in for the loser?

    These GMs are now chess gladiators! Surprised

  • 14 months ago

    0smartman0

    what's death match? what happens to loser??

  • 14 months ago

    GothicMathFreak

    I cannot wait to see this game.

  • 14 months ago

    Monkster42

    Wow, the #8 player in the world playing a Deathmatch on chess.com against a very dangerous opponent.  Can't wait to see this!!

  • 15 months ago

    OvationUltraFan

    NICE!

  • 15 months ago

    mazioon

    how can we watch this event, and will it be for free?

  • 15 months ago

    GoodGoodChess

    LOL

  • 15 months ago

    stoneywally

    why is a match with a difference of almost 250 elo pts be a "spectacular" match?? This is gonna be one-sided boring match

  • 15 months ago

    rohanb12

    Wow, this seems like an interesting game. Also, june 9 is my birthday!!

  • 15 months ago

    ElvisFord

    I've got Aveskulov's book "Attack With Black."  I'll be rooting for him of course. (Excellent book, btw.)

  • 15 months ago

    Cashionova

    Wow sweet! I really see no way for LuckyTiger to pull it off. Tiger is awesome but there are prob less than 50 people in the world that would have a reasonable chance. There's a reason for the term, "super GM." But who knows...

    It will be incredible either way. I'll tune in for sure!

  • 15 months ago

    Drakodan

    Oh man, this will be amazing.

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