16th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement
Chess fans have already set their calendars for this Sunday's Death Match 15 (noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific), featuring our highest-rated participant ever, world number four GM Fabiano Caruana. He'll face off against the bullet maestro GM Valeriy Aveskulov. Go ahead and click your July button as well:
GM Robert Hungaski and GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian are confirmed to play in Chess.com's Death Match 16 on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 pm. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific.
The two GMs will face off in three hours of intense blitz and bullet chess until a clear winner is determined! The victor will get the fame, the glory, and a large chunk of the $1000 cash prize!
GM Robert Hungaski -- FIDE 2471, is one of the United States' newest grandmasters, having just been awarded the title in January of this year. A former gold medal winner at the Pan-American Junior Championships, he spent much of his childhood in South America and learned three languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese).
Now in the U.S., he was a frequent player in the U.S. Chess League, where he has the second-most all-time MVP points for the New England Nor'easters. He also led the team to the 2010 title with a 2780 performance rating. In 2011, he dominated the New York International, beating the field by a full 1.5 points (second place was former world top-five GM Jaan Ehlvest). He has also represented the U.S. in the 2012 World Cities Team Championship, playing third board for Chicago (where he would be Ehlvest's teammate!). He earned his final GM norm back in South America.
GM Robert Hungaski (R) playing GM Hikaru Nakamura at the World Open
Here is Hungaski's cute final tactic to help his team win in the 2010 U.S. Chess League Finals.
GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian -- FIDE 2544, did not start competing until he was 10 years old, but he has made up for any lost time by winning several Brazilian youth championships, including twice being the Under-20 Champion. He is of Armenian descent but is now the sixth highest-rated player in Brazil. Mekhitarian also played in this year's esteemed Tata Steel Tournament, where he finished a respectable fourth place in the "C" group. In March, he had his biggest victory ever, winning his country's national championship. He said his next goal is to make 2600.
GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian
Several years ago, he cited this as one of his best games:
So it will be a little South American Saturday special on July 20th when these two polyglots meet for three hours of fast-paced chess action. Pre-match interviews start at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. The action will be covered live on ChessTV, open to all members and hosted by IM Danny Rensch with special guests!