Blitz Death Match 6 Goes to Jones!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 6/19/12, 12:38 PM.

In yet another thrilling Blitz Death Match we saw two very strong Grandmasters go head to head and entertain us all for three hours with their amazing rapid chess skills! The favorite on paper, and the highest rated (FIDE) competitor ever to participate in a Death Match came out on top!

Grandmaster Gawain Jones won the match by a final score of 17.5-13.5 over the young American star, GM Robert Hess. This was Hess's second Death Match, and, unfortunately for Hess, it was also his second time finishing as the runner up.

Hess started off strongly, grabbing a two game lead after the first time control (5 minutes with the 1 second increment) -- but things began to unravel for him quickly in the 3 + 1 control, and Jones maintained control over the match as they continued onto the final (Bullet) segment of the match. One great win for Hess came as black in their first game:

But here's a critical, and crushing win that came just in time for Mr. Jones to turn things around as they headed into the 3 + 1 time control:

And one of the "back breakers" for Hess came in the final time control here when Robert was unable to convert on a second straight advantage -- due to creative and stubborn defense from Gawain -- Hess already trailing by four games in the match:

We hope everyone enjoyed's coverage of the match, and we look forward to next month's match between GM Wesley So and GM Ray Robson!

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  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

  • 4 years ago


    Is there an overall results/standings page somewhere on for this competition?

  • 4 years ago


    I love these blitz matches! Although I would also like to see matches/game that are not blitz.

  • 4 years ago


    Verdenotte is a little word play.the old english tale of sir Gawain and the green knight.and the fact that Gawain jones lived in Italy for a few years

  • 4 years ago

    FM djano

    I think playing with increment is nice idea because improve very much Quality of Games.

    Robert played more creative in Openings like 1.b3, 1.g3,1.e4 and Gawain was very constant in his Reportaire. Congratulation for the Winner and his tactcial skills!

  • 4 years ago


    Really pro hahaha 
    Good job man hahaha

  • 4 years ago


    "verdenotte" apparently is some kind of festival celebrated in venice where they illuminate the entire city in green lights. it is supposed to represent hope or something in terms of how the planet is in a "dark night" in terms of climate destabilization and ecosystem collapse. it is also a type of italian marble. I just found it interesting that jones would use this terms as his handle. 

    also GM Jones was fantastic in his Bb5 closed sicilian as per usual. I seriously don't understand why Hess played into it, he should have done something or another to avoid those lines entirely. and certainly shouldn't have kept playing e6 early on, from what I understand this is a serious error at certain times in certain positions in those grand prix-like attack lines in which Jones is an expert.

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Hey everone, it is with sadness that I say the video replay of this match was lost due to technical difficulties Cry... and will NOT available for replay.

    Thanks to everyone who is enjoying these matches, and mark your calendars for July 29th for So vs Robson!


  • 4 years ago


    I'll second that.  When will video be uploaded?

  • 4 years ago


    For those of us that couldn't see it live, at what point will the feed be up on the tv page for replay?

  • 4 years ago


    You mis-spelled "blitz" in the title. It is spelled 'bltiz'

  • 4 years ago


    This match was very very high quality indeed.  Kudos to the staff for selecting these two great GM's !!  And congratulations go GM Gawain Jones on his well-deserved victory!  Britainia Rules ... Wink

  • 4 years ago


    Great job These matches are awesome!!

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