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Feb 24, 2018, 8:52 AM |
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Justin Tan ("JannLeeCrazyhouse") claimed a solo and dramatic victory in Chess.com's 2018 Crazyhouse Championship on Thursday. Crazyhouse fans who haven't seen his epic streams (are there any?) will recall that he also shared victory (with FM Dan Yeager, "chickencrossroad") in Chess.com's inaugural Crazyhouse Championship in 2016.

Crazyhouse is a popular chess variant in which captured pieces may be dropped on empty squares on your turn. See here for the basic rules.

While hosts IM Daniel Rensch and GM Yasser Seirawan were touting Tan as the favorite from the beginning, he did not seem to be in his finest form. In round two, Tan suffered a significant setback in a convincing defeat.

Fortunately for his fans, he quickly got back into action with some nice victories, including this one over Nikolas Theiss. Can you find the mate-in-three played by Tan?

White to Play: White holds wn.pngwp.png

JannLee vs Atrophied, Crazyhouse Championship

Highlight to see solution: 1.e6+! fxe6 2.N@f6+ Nxf6 3.Nxf6#

While Tan struggled with his tournament start, NM Mark Plotkin was putting on an impressive run, winning his first six games. They soon faced each other in a complicated game that ended rather unexpectedly in a draw. Plotkin continued through round 10 without defeat.

Unfortunately for Plotkin, he then suffered a defeat in round 11 against the player xuanetcrazyhouse and another critical one in round 13 against IM HigherContrast. HigherContrast eventually earned a nice win after claiming the initiative with 14.@g6+!, but he missed a clean win spotted by commentator Seirawan.

Can you see it?

White to Play: White holds wq.pngwb.png

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Highlight to see solution: 18.B@d7+ is soon decisive since 18...Bxd7 is met by 19.Q@f7#

HigherContrast also played the following nice finish earlier in the tournament against Eskil Grønn. How did he meet 11.N@e3 by White?

Black to Play: Both players hold a bn.png and bp.pngHigherContrast vs Gronn, Crazyhouse Championship

Highlight to see solution: 1...Nxg1! wins because 12.Nxd5 is mated by 12...N@f3+! 13.Bxf3 R@f1#

Last year's co-champion, Yeager, did not have a great event this year, but he did finish prettily in this game in which he had seconds on his clock.

As the event spiraled into the final two rounds, Tan and Plotkin were tied for first. Both players won their 14th round, but Tan was incredibly lucky to do so, saying on his live stream, "I don't feel clean." He was able to win by flagging his opponent who had a mate-in-one available.

With everything to play for in the final round, soon both players were busted. Plotkin was fortunate that his intimidated opponent took a draw in a winning position, but Tan's opponent continued to pressure him with some crushing moves.

Tan's opponent's account has since been closed for fair-play violations. Thus, Tan dramatically claimed sole victory in the 2018 Crazyhouse Championship by flagging two opponents in a row with mate-in-one on the board!

One could not orchestrate such a spectacular conclusion to the championship.

2018 Chess.com Crazyhouse Championship: Final Results

Place Seed Fed Title Username Name Score
1 2     JannLeeCrazyhouse Justin Tan 12.5
2 6   NM littleplotkin Mark Plotkin 12
3 27     TomHammerschmidt   11
4 34     Mugwort Neil Wright 11
5 69     EasyLuck Игорь 11
6 38     terra87 Константин Крылов 10
7 4     xuanetcrazyhouse Joan Miquel 10
8 16   IM HigherContrast   10
9 28     CAHKT DM 9.5
10 29     vikassawhney   9.5
11 7     mastertanCrazyhouse   9
12 17     Vempele   9
13 5   IM schoolmeester Vincent Rothuis 9
14 32     helmsknight   9
15 10   FM rezacz Wojciech Reza 9
16 63   CM TranThanhTu Thanh-Tu Tran 9
17 52     ciiw   9
18 48   FM Slmctk Selim Citak 9
19 45     esken Eskil Ekeland Grønn 9

The full crosstable and games are available on the tournament page.

Chess.com would like to thank all the players for a thrilling and hard-fought competition. Tan collects $500 for clear first place. Plotkin earns $400 for second place. TomHammerscchmidt and Mugwort each received $250 for shared third place, and in a three-way tie for fifth place, terr87, xuanetcrazyhouse, and HigherContrast each won $33.33.

Chess.com will announce streame prizes soon as we are able to confirm stream stats.

The complete live coverage of the 2018 Crazyhouse Championship is available on twitch.tv/chess.

Watch Crazyhouse Championship with GM Seirawan and IM Rensch from Chess on www.twitch.tv

Watch Crazyhouse Championship with GM Seirawan and IM Rensch from Chess on www.twitch.tv

 
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Any tips/strategies for crazyhouse chess ?

Not sure what’s more idiotic, cheating via engine or cheating and not even placing first...lol. Was nice win by Tan seems like good guy.

Yeah, engine play is suspectible when the player spends around 5 seconds each move :thinking:

Love seeing Jann on the front page. He's the best grin.png

There is an engine, and just by watching the last round game against JannLee it was clear easyluck was using computer assistance

@Lightup88 EasyLuck violated the fair play policy.

@arniar, the @ symbol in crazyhouse notation is used to indicate that a piece in hand was placed on that square.

What does R@f1 mean?

why didn't easyluck get 5th place? 

"how do you violate fair play in crazyhouse ? Is there even an engine for this variant?"

Surprised me, but there are a lot of engines for crazyhouse. I assume that when chess.com implemented crazyhouse, they put in the same kind of cheating detection as for regular chess...

https://chess.stackexchange.com/questions/16303/list-of-crazyhouse-engines

 

AP_Calculus wrote:

Interesting that winner is an IM but not reported by Sam? https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=3206882

 

Yes there are engines for crazy house 

It's not the same player. EDIT: Beaten to it by the post below....

@AP_Calculus, the world is a funny place sometimes happy.png Our ZH champion is actually a different Justin Tan from Australia who is not an IM: https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=3202798

AP_Calculus wrote:

Interesting that winner is an IM but not reported by Sam? https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=3206882

 

Yes there are engines for crazy house 

 

I believe that is a different Justin Tan from Australia.

 

https://www.chess.com/member/justantan

Interesting that winner is an IM but not reported by Sam? https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=3206882

 

Yes there are engines for crazy house 

I thought Reza would do a bit better, but I am quite pleased with helmsknight holding her own in this strong field and also JanLee living up to his reputation once again thumbup.png. All in all a fun event!

how do you violate fair play in crazyhouse ? Is there even an engine for this variant ?