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8th Blitz "Death Match" Player Announcement!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 9/11/12, 12:30 PM.

Chess.com's next "Blitz Death Match" will feature a matchup between two of America's best-known chess figures, and host a "East vs West" showdown of Super Coaches. Both IM Dean Ippolito and FM Robby Adamson are famous for their personal chess achievements, as well as their teaching accomplishments, having trained many of America's brightest scholastic individual stars and teams.

International Master Dean Ippolito is the founder and President of the Dean of Chess Academy in New Jersey, a world record holder, a former scholastic chess star himself, and one of the most successful chess coaches in the country!

As a true chess professional, when Dean is not running his business, he is actively pursuing the Grandmaster title. Dean is one of the strongest International Masters in the U.S. - ranked in the Top 50 overall amongst active players.

FIDE Master (and now, IM-Elect) Robby Adamson is best known in the online chess community as "BLITZMASTER". Considered to be one of the strongest online blitz and bullet players in the world, Robby has recently become an active player on Chess.com, and "BLITZMASTER" can be seen as one of the top bullet players on Chess.com!

FM Adamson is also the head coach of Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona -- Catalina being winners of multiple National Scholastic Championships, while Tucson itself, due in large part to Adamson's teachings, has become a breeding ground for many of the countries most talented juniors. The Western Invitational Chess Camp, founded by Adamson, is one of the strongest summer chess camps in the country.

On paper, ratings would suggest IM Ippolito as the slight favorite, but FM Adamson's blitz prowess and reputation precedes him, and many would surely see a loss for Robby in this match as a big surprise... 

The match will be live on www.Chess.com/tv on Sunday, September 23rd at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern! IMs Daniel Rensch and David Pruess, along with other special guests, will host the coverage.

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  • 22 months ago

    mapearson1990

    This is going to be fantastic. Watching the re-runs of the previous Death Matches in anticipation. IM's Pruess and Rensch always provide good insights and hosting. I genuinely feel that I come away from watching Death Matches with better calculation :) Best of luck to both players.

  • 22 months ago

    GoranMel

    I can't wait to watch

  • 23 months ago

    jakey1009

    Who is going to win?

  • 23 months ago

    IM dpruess

    that makes more sense to me, Greg!

  • 23 months ago

    IM USCL

    I believe the more reasonable use of the term "GM - elect" is when someone has all the requirements for the title and is simply waiting for the FIDE Congress to make it official. I have no idea when it became "having all the norms but not the rating", and I don't believe this is the correct usage of the term, nor have I seen it used on a regular basis in this way. The term elect means something very specific...basically that very soon you will be a GM/IM, not that you have fulfilled some requirements but not others :)

  • 23 months ago

    IM dpruess

    nice insight into Dean :-) looking forward to this!

  • 23 months ago

    jnelson871

    Wow look forawrd to watching the match.

  • 23 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    i assumed danny's opinions were produced by a dannybot suffixing "town" to every twenty-seventh word and every fifth sentence a word in caps.

    one of my friends have been IM-elect for about 30 years.  and he achieved the required rating, but his norms expired (this was in dinosaur days).  i guess that makes him a was-an-IM-elect-but-not-anymore

    does this mean Pruess is GM-elect? :D

    oh yeah, gooo Dean-o!!  he's really good in time pressure (he's beaten me with :02 seconds on his clock at least a half-dozen times Embarassed), but he's not a particularly experienced blitz/bullet/online player, although he says he will test playing on the server.  he's sooo polite, like when u tease him, he just laughs it off, and beats u at chess.  he does go into deer-in-headlights mode when confronted with unexpected complications but he does very well indeed when he is compelled to make moves, unlikely to flag as Ray did.

  • 23 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    David is right about the purpose/use of the "elect" term -- and I agree with him, it's not a great term to use because you either are or arent Tongue Out and rating matters too... BUT anyway, it is what it is (to use the most overused Sports Cliche in the world Wink)...

  • 23 months ago

    IM dpruess

    from what i've seen, people use "im-elect" and "gm-elect" with people who have all norms, but not the required rating. personally i never use that term.

  • 23 months ago

    nyLsel

    Interesting! 

  • 23 months ago

    FM dhaessel

    Dumb question but how can u be an IM-Elect without breaking 2400 ELO?  Adamson's highest rating is 2378 (22 points below the required threshold).  I know there are exceptions like performances in the Olympiad or Interzonals where they automatically award titles.

  • 23 months ago

    IM dpruess

    FIDE Master (and now, IM-Elect) Robby Adamson is best known in the online chess community as "BLITZMASTER".

  • 23 months ago

    NM flashboy2222

    GO RABBBYYYY!!!!!

  • 23 months ago

    JBades6310

    which one is blitzmaster?

  • 23 months ago

    IM Fins0905

    Sweet. Both are great guys, but I gotta with BLITZMASTER to take this down!

  • 23 months ago

    IM dpruess

    Ridge,

    Death-Matches are a series of 3-hour speed chess matches that we started putting on this year. you can find more info about them here:

    http://www.chess.com/article/view/death-match-historical-archive

    and follow links from that post to watch past matches or read the rules.

  • 23 months ago

    RidgeHimself

    Yo Yo Yo!! I'm new to chess.com Also haven't been playing chess for all that long either. Just a beginner.. Can someone tell me what a "Death Match" is and What is a "Death Match" is all about in the chess world?

    Michael Ridge, Tucson Az..

  • 23 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Very exciting! 

  • 23 months ago

    JBades6310

    did you notice in the rankings that david and danny are right next to each other at 83 and 84 in the country?

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