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FMs Master Death Match 23 Qualification

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 3/4/14, 3:04 PM.

Chess.com's second Death Match qualification of 2014 ended when the calendar flipped to March, and for the first time, two FMs may battle. They are two of the most active players in Chess.com history.

FM Evan Ju (Eilyisum) held his lead from earlier this month in the blitz category. He finished February with a 2612 rating over 142 games, thus easily fulfilling the 75-game minimum. He has played an astounding 33,623 lifetime games on Chess.com - he's even playing as I write this!

Ju will get the first invitation; in case he declines, next in line is IM Dejan Stojanovski (ChessTrener), 2501, who was the next to meet the activity requirement. *Update - Ju has accepted his invitation to play.

Member Eilyisum - FM Evan Ju

FM Andrey Kalinichev (Kulinarist) will get the nod for bullet. He only played 70 games prior to our "countdown" article, then kicked it into high gear by playing 185 games in the final four days. He raised his rating 80 points in the process! Though not as epic as Ju's mark, Kalinichev has played 5,855 lifetime games on Chess.com. Although he qualified in bullet, his blitz win/loss record is a nearly-untouchable +477 -28 = 20.

At 2707, Kalinichev held off a late charge by IM Marc Esserman (wHySoSeRiOuSs - I hope I wrote that right!), who wasn't even on the radar a few days ago. Esserman's 2679 rating is next in line should Kalinichev decline.

This category was ultra-competitive. Third place amongst those meeting the 100-game minimum was IM Kacper Drozdowski (Kacparov), 2634. Next, and the first GM, was Falko Bindrich (Janosik) at 2603, followed closely by FM Boryboy (hidden identity) at 2602. IM Yaacov Norowitz (Yaacovn) saw his rating slip below 2600 late in the month to fall out of contention.

Member Kulinarist - FM Andrey Kalinichev

With nearly 40,000 combined games, you might guess that the two players have faced each other before on the Chess.com server. You'd be right of course - they've met more than 100 times, including seven games during February's qualification period (Kulinarist won that mini-series +5 -1 =1).

The match will take place in April, which is also when the next open qualification period will take place.

Until then, don't forget that GMs Erwin L'Ami and Jan Smeets will decide the winner of Death Match 22 on March 22, 2014 at 12 p.m. Eastern (New York time), 9 a.m. Eastern.

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  • 5 months ago

    thismic

    There should be a chess.com-Death-match between Barack Obama and the American people. The winner gets the best possible deal on healthcare.

  • 5 months ago

    StevieBlues

    I must say I'm happy to finally see eily in a death match. I wonder if he'll do any special preparation?

  • 5 months ago

    WYoung913

    I'm calling this now Andrey Kalinchiev will win in all three categories!

  • 5 months ago

    IchigoChan15

    Eily got a tough one!

  • 5 months ago

    IM Kacparov

    I most likely wouldn't have been able to play in the death match if I qualified, so I didn't fight desperately in the end :) However, it was great to see many active players in the last days - finally there was some higher-rated opposition to play :)

    I hope that the death match will be more about chess, less about winning on time (which was the most important factor when it came to qualifying, I lost most of my games due to time and weaker Internet connection).

  • 5 months ago

    Marcokim

    Kuli seems like a more positional deeper player (pls guys I know I am a noob its just my opinion - so hold ur horses:) Eily is faster more tactical. So the 5min will suit Kuli, the 3min I have them dead even, the 1min will suit Eily's style.

    Very very close win by Eily because of the bullet format. Kuli is more of a 2|1 player where I think he is the best on this site ever.

    My favourite is Kuli, just love his very technical style with the Botvinik openings.

    15/14 Eily wins it.

  • 5 months ago

    Marcokim

    This has to be the most exciting death match since the Caruana, Wesley So matchups.

  • 5 months ago

    Projectzero

    Eily is one of my favorites, he is incredible at winning games when both players are down on time (which happens often in bullet/blitz) but Kuli seems to be a stronger player. Eily definitely can win this, but if I had to put money on it I'd go with Kuli. 

  • 5 months ago

    Abhishek2

    Eily in a death match!! I personally think Kuli will win this one

  • 5 months ago

    bjoshua1234

    If kuli is in, he has it

  • 5 months ago

    lifesnotfair

    I would love to see Kuli in a deathmatch!

  • 5 months ago

    XavierPadilla

    What happened to the news article with highlights of Death Match 21? I did not have time to read it yet. Or was it a video?  Undecided

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