Abrahamyan Wins 9th Blitz Death Match!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 10/30/12, 8:48 PM.

This Sunday, Women's Grandmaster Tatev Abrahamyan pulled off the biggest upset win of any Blitz Death Match to date when she defeated International Master Anna Zatonskih in what was one of the most viewed broadcasts in Chess.com/tv history!

With less than 30 minutes of "total match time" remaining, IM Zatonskih won back-to-back bullet games to bring the match even, and as nearly 1,200 live viewers observed, IMs Rensch and Pruess did all they could to keep up with the rapid fire action down the stretch! 

Unfortunately for IM Zatonskih, WGM Abrahamyan delivered a counter blow of her own, taking 3 straight games, and leaving Anna against the wall with less than 20 minutes of total match time left. When Anna not only failed to convert a better ending...

and even blundered into a lost King and Pawn ending, the match was all but over with roughly 10 minutes left. Abrahamyan won 3 of the final 4 games, and finished on top by the final score of 15.5-10.5.


Though both players had their moments throughout the match, it was Abrahamyan who surprised most when she finished the first segment (the 5 minutes + 1 second increment) ahead by one game. One of her nicer wins is displayed here:

IM Zatonskih displayed great technique in this Opposite Colored Bishop Ending, taken from the 3 minutes + 1 second increment segment:

But again, nothing could slow down Abrahamyan on this day!

Full coverage by IMs Danny Rensch and David Pruess was provided on Chess.com/tv and can be viewed here http://www.livestream.com/chesscomlive

Stay tuned for our announcement regarding the 10th and final Blitz Death Match of the year 2012. Coming soon...

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  • 4 years ago


    yay.  Thank you for the info :) this website is great

  • 4 years ago


    you r beautifull killing

  • 4 years ago


    thanks... very nice games :)

  • 4 years ago


    Why isn't this on the list of completed death matches.

  • 4 years ago


    zazen5, Chess960 isn't available yet for live chess, but when it is I'm sure they will do a 960 death match! Smile

  • 4 years ago


    All games are nice.

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    tatev's play so good, i lost power for a week. Innocent that was the hurricane but the chess was tumultuous-ly good too.

  • 4 years ago


    Given that both players are highly intelligent, how about they play Chess 960 instead, and throw the opening preparation out the window?

  • 4 years ago


    Enjoyed the show very much. I just kinda wished they used more oppenings.

  • 4 years ago


    much better than when GM So demolished/crushed GM Robson...

  • 4 years ago


    I watched the match, it was very interesting.

  • 4 years ago


    Tatev jan shat apres!

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks Daniel and David for the great commentary! 

  • 4 years ago


    I agree with The Poet, I loved the pairing and the play was exciting from beginning to end.  This surely will go down in chess.com tv history as one of the best shows ever!

  • 4 years ago


    Invite chessnetwork for the 10th game, he will bost the audience for sure :))

  • 4 years ago


    Congrats again on an inspired pairing, Danny. That was a great and exciting match. It was a lot of fun to watch and an honor to join in the coverage. Looking forward to the next one!

  • 4 years ago


    I love Tatev's style of play, you should ask her if the BDG was a mouse slip...

  • 4 years ago


    this match was really fun to watch especially after seeing the videos that Tatev did on the French ... it was full on French-fest deathmatch! These gals ROCK!

  • 4 years ago


    that was an awesome match to watch and I enjoyed it alot

  • 4 years ago


    wow, thanks...Smile

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