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6th Blitz Death Match: Player Announcement!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 6/8/12, 12:35 PM.'s 6th Blitz Chess Death Match will take place Sunday, June 17th at 11:30am Pacific (2:30pm Eastern) and will feature the "strongest matchup" so far in any Death Match! England's Gawain Jones (pictured right), currently ranked #93 in the world and #4 in England, will be the best player "on paper" to ever compete in this grueling session of blitz!

The deadline to request participation passed at midnight today (June 8th). The seats for the 6th Blitz Death Match were reserved for the top two FIDE Rated Players to request them by the cut off date. GM Jones was the highest ranked player to apply, and he will face off against our first "repeat customer" for's Death Matches: GM Robert Hess.

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The young American barely edged out Norway's #2 -- GM Ludvig Hammer. Hess came up just short against GM Shankland in our 3rd Death Match, which was by far our most closely contested match yet. You can read Sam Shankland's Blog Review here. Hess will be looking for a chance at redemption against one of England's best! The two players will be competing for $1,000 in cash, broken up in our usual fashion (explained here).

The top ten players to request participation, and their current FIDE rankings, were:

  1. GM Gawain Jones -- World #93; (Country) Endgland; FIDE 2657
  2. GM Robert Hess -- World #129; (Country) USA; FIDE 2635
  3. GM Jon Ludvig Hammer -- World #137; (Country) Norway; FIDE 2630
  4. GM Levan Aroshidze -- World #279; (Country) Georgia; FIDE 2582
  5. GM Sam Shankland -- World #284; (Country) USA; FIDE 2581
  6. GM Magesh Panchanathan -- World #355; (Country) India; FIDE 2564
  7. GM Dejan Bojkov -- World #400; (Country) Bulgaria; FIDE 2556
  8. GM Nicholas Pert -- World #478; (Country) England; FIDE 2543
  9. GM Julio Sadorra -- World #606; (Country) Philippines; FIDE 2522
  10. GM Melik Khachiyan -- World #1,011; (Country) USA; FIDE 2478

With several "notable faces" on the outside of that group:

  1. IM Daniel Rensch -- World #2,276; (Country) USA; FIDE 2396
  2. IM Thomas Rendle -- World #2,599; (Country) England; FIDE 2383
  3. FM Mikhail Perelshteyn -- World #3,503; (Country) USA; FIDE 2386
  4. FM Keaton Kiewra -- World #4,524; (Country) USA; FIDE 2361

Remember you can read the rules and general guidelines for our Death Matches here. All the action will be covered by IM Daniel Rensch and IM David Pruess live on, and the show will be open to all members! You can look for a "pre-match prediction" blog from one of's Directors of Content (IM Rensch or IM Pruess) this week!

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  • 22 months ago


    ok merc

  • 22 months ago


    I had to go while it was on. When will the video of the match be up to see?

  • 22 months ago


    Congratulations to GM Jones for his victory.

  • 23 months ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    Can't wait to see these go mainstream - imagine Nakamura vs Carlsen.


  • 23 months ago


    though GM Jones looks strong on papers i feel GM Hess will edge him narrowly. GM Hess has an experience of a death match which is a huge advantage in such match ups. 

    I am really excited about this is death match!! Just the list of participation request blows my mind, hope to see those guys play too (sometime in the future).


  • 23 months ago


    WOW! I did not know Robert Hess had such an astronomical rating.

  • 23 months ago


    Go get him, Robert.

  • 23 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    gawain plays some nice chess and his chesspub commentary on games is very good.  should be a great match!

  • 23 months ago

    IM Fins0905

    Two STRONG chess players and cool dudes. Gonna be a great match.

  • 23 months ago


    Awesome! Hess is my favorite chess player and is probably hungry to get some redemption. And Gawain has been playing very well lately, so I expect there will be fireworks in this one.

  • 23 months ago


    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight!

  • 23 months ago


    I really hope the singing cricket was joking.

  • 23 months ago


    I didn't realize papa bear was so bad... I mean, not even in the top 2000 players? How embarrassing. <3

  • 23 months ago


    It seems that the 13 or 35 rating points differense is 1000 and 2000 about in World for the hosts.

  • 23 months ago


    wow. should be interesting

  • 23 months ago


    mikhail perelshteyn...any relation to eugene?

  • 23 months ago


    Fantastic! It's great to see Gawain taking part. A top #100 player in a death match! Next stop Carlsen v Aronian... Wink

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