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13th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement!

13th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement!

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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