13th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 4/5/13, 7:59 AM.

On the heels of our 12th Blitz Death Match, we know you are all still looking for more blitz? So look no further! GM Alexandr Fier and GM Leonid Kritz will take the virtual stage in Chess.com's 13th Blitz Death Match, set to take place Sunday, April 21st, at 12PM (noon) Eastern, 9AM Pacific.

As always, the two GMs will play 3 intense hours of blitz and bullet to determine the next Death Match Champion, as well as the winner of the majority of the $1000 cash prize!

GM Alex Fier

GM Alexandr Fier comes in with a FIDE rating of 2599, making him the 4th highest rated player in Brazil. Fier is fresh off a very recent victory at the 2013 Georgi Tringov Memorial (the Bulgarian Open Championship), dominating the GM-studded field with the incredible score of 8.5/9!

GM Leonid Kritz has a FIDE rating of 2613, making him the 6th highest rated player in Germany, and the slight favorite on paper for the match. Kritz was the 1999 U16 Junior World Champion, and earned his GM title in 2003. He participated in the 2004 FIDE World Chess Championship, beating GM Krishnan Sasikiran in Round 1 before losing to GM Rafael Leitao in Round 2. 

GM Leonid Kritz

Check out Kritz's sweet win over GM Alexander Graf:

With two players of such a high caliber, it is sure to be one of the most exciting Death Matches yet! Be sure to set your calendars for Sunday, April 21st, with pre-match interviews starting at 11AM Eastern, 8AM Pacific. IM Daniel Rensch and a special - to be announced - co-host will cover all the action live!

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  • 4 years ago


    Yay, go Alex! ty chess.com!

    By the way, Rafael Leitão, mentioned in the article, is another brazilian GM.

    Its nice to see a brazilian here since we do have our GMs, but they are usually out of the strongest events...

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Thank you @-waller- Wink -- BECAUSE you're right, the easiest thing would be to get American based GMs, and we can't have 2700+ GMs at every Death Match! 

    Though, without making announcements yet, I will say we have some high profile people on the way!


  • 4 years ago


    also also, I'll be rooting for my neighbour

  • 4 years ago


    Yeah right. To the guy who said "and him only because Nigel Short beat him..."

  • 4 years ago


    Awesome stuff, can't wait!

  • 4 years ago


    Should be a very high quality match-up! To the guy who said "invite high profile players" - well, these guys are probably VERY high profile players to Brazilians or Germans. It's nice to see Chess.com getting in players from around the world, which surely isn't their easiest option as an American based company.

    Only heard of Fier before - and him only because Nigel Short beat him in quite a nice game at the Olympiad last year - but look forward to seeing plenty of their chess on the 21st!

  • 4 years ago


    Invite high profile players.

  • 4 years ago


    Their FIDE ratings are very close and very high. These battles are intense.

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  • 4 years ago


     dont like this 1 before was a lot better invtite some 2700 players 

  • 4 years ago



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