Martinez Wins Arena Kings Season 9 Week 7
GM Jose Martinez won Arena Kings. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Martinez Wins Arena Kings Season 9 Week 7

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Arena Kings returned on March 23 after a one-week hiatus as GM Jose Martinez came back from down 2-1 to defeat IM Renato Terry in an all-Peru final. The semifinalists this week were GM Sergey Zhigalko and IM Mahammad Muradli as a total of 941 participants, 52 of them streaming, played in Arena Kings this week. 

How To Watch?
You can watch Arena Kings on most weeks. You can also enjoy the show on our Twitch channel and catch all our live broadcasts on

The usual format of a two-hour arena followed by a 16-player knockout drawn from the top streamers of any rating. The time control in both segments of the tournament is 3+0.


Newly-minted FIDE Master James Canty III handled today's broadcast, showcasing players @VallabhTFT, GM Jose Martinez, GM David Arutinian, GM Gata Kamsky, FM Kevin Cupid (@twitchTriniCupid), James Chirilov (@ChessBrainiac), and WGM Adriana Nikolova. Missing due to his presence in the FIDE Grand Prix was GM Hikaru Nakamura.

The two-hour arena showcased both the thrill of victory...

...and the agony of defeat:

Ultimately the high score of the arena went to Martinez on 82 points with an undefeated +22 =4 score. Zhigalko was just behind on 79.


There were no major upsets in the knockout this week. Only one lower-rated player won in the round of 16, but @SundramNaam2SunaHoga was rated less than 100 points lower than Cupid. 

The quarterfinal went mostly as planned as well, although Sundram won his first game against Martinez. Martinez won the next two, however, as there was again no upset anywhere in the round.

The semifinals produced some drama, Zhigalko taking Terry to three games after winning their second contest just in the nick of time.

Martinez beat Muradli in the other semifinal to set up the all-Peruvian final, which was closely contested. First, the players traded flagging each other in drawn positions. The third and fourth games were cleaner and again split with one win each, setting up a winner-take-all fifth game. 

There Martinez took a lead both on the evaluation bar and on the clock. Terry closed the evaluation gap at a few moments and was even better in the final position, but the clock once again decided the game in the end. At 48 moves, it was the shortest game of the final—the first four lasted an average of 93 moves.

Week 7 Final | All Games

Standings, Results, Prizes

Martinez earned $500 for first place and Terry $350 for second place. The semifinalist prize of $200 went to Zhigalko and Muradli while the other four quarterfinalists took in the standard $100 each. Ninth place through 16th received $50 (pending confirmation of fair play). The full standings of the knockout field are below:

 Arena Kings Season 9 | Week 7 | Final Knockout Standings

Rank Country Username Rating
1 @Jospem 2993
2 @MITerryble 2902
3-4 @Zhigalko_Sergei 2886
3-4 @ChessLover0108 2830
5-8 @XDPS 2800
5-8 @AtabayevSaparmyrat 2771
5-8 @Sattarov_Bobur 2770
5-8 @SundramNaam2SunaHoga 2183
9-16 @twitchTriniCupid 2261
9-16 @emiliochess 2169
9-16 @Strider23cpk 2083
9-16 @ChessheroesComp 1898
9-16 @The_Blessed 1752
9-16 @ChessBruh630 1716
9-16 @RodrigoViverosGonzales123 1588
9-16 @KeshavGupta1 1172

Full arena standings here.

All prizes are published in the results report here. 

Arena Kings is a tournament held every Wednesday on A two-hour Arena is followed by a knockout featuring the top 16 streamers from the arena. The start time is 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time/18:00 Central European.

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