Dobrov, Firouzja Qualify For Speed Chess Championship
These two grandmasters will join the main Speed Chess Championship bracket.

Dobrov, Firouzja Qualify For Speed Chess Championship

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Vladimir Dobrov of Russia and Alireza Firouzja of Iran have qualified for the 2019 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship. Dobrov earned his spot as the winner of this month's Titled Tuesday, while Firouzja won yesterday's qualifier tournament for invited players.

This week saw two separate qualifiers for the Speed Chess championship bracket: the August Titled Tuesday tournament, and a special invitational qualifier.

On Tuesday, Dobrov (@VladDobrov) had the better tiebreak after finishing in a tie for first place with Junior Speed Chess Championship participant GM Anton Smirnov (@AntonSmirnov) of Australia. Below you can replay all of Dobrov's games. Among his victims was the Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (@Polish_fighter3000).

August 2019 Titled Tuesday | Vlad Dobrov's games

For more info about Titled Tuesday tournaments, see this guide. 

The official coverage by GM Jon Ludvig Hammer and IM Danny Rensch.

A day later, a special invitational qualifier was held with the top eight blitz and bullet players on Chess.com who had not already qualified for the main bracket. These were GMs Dmitry AndreikinAlireza FirouzjaHaik MartirosyanDaniel NaroditskyShant SargsyanNihal SarinSam Sevian and Andrew Tang.

The format for the quarterfinals and semifinals:

  • 2 games: 3+1 (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw)
  • 4 games: 1+1 (1 point for a win, 0.5 for a draw)

The final was played with the following structure:

  • 4 games: 3+1 (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw)
  • 8 games: 1+1 (1 point for a win, 0.5 for a draw)

Firouzja (@Firouzja2003) ended up winning the event, first doing to Martirosyan (@Micki-taryan) what Bobby Fischer did to Bent Larsen and Mark Taimanov: winning 6-0. After that, Firouzja beat Sargsyan 4-2.

Meanwhile, Naroditsky had beaten Tang (@penguingm1) 4-2 and then did his own Fischer, beating Sevian (@Konavets) 6-0.

The final was a close affair with the young Iranian star ending on top: 8.5-6.5. Firouzja had missed his chance to qualify for the overall Speed Chess Championship via the Junior Speed Chess Championship, but earned his spot in this tough qualifier. 

Alireza Firouzja Speed Chess Championship

This Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. Pacific time (3 a.m. CEST) we'll see which junior player will join him: Wei Yi or Jeffery Xiong. A preview of that Junior Speed Chess Championship final will be posted soon.

Firouzja, about playing in the Speed Chess Championship with players such as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren: “Of course it’s a good chance for me to show myself there, I am very [much] looking forward to it.”

Asked about his preferred first opponent there, Firouzja said Wei Yi, the player who kicked him out of the Junior speech Chess Championship—to get revenge!

Invitational Speed Chess Qualifier | Alireza Firouzja's games

The official coverage by GM Robert Hess and IM Danny Rensch.

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