The wedding seems odd, but it makes sense for the sponsors of the FTX Crypto Cup online and for the very strong group of elite grandmasters who will be competing there from May 23-31. Its record price online fund of $ 320,000 includes $ 100,000 in bitcoin. The event is part of the Meltwater Champions Tour, and its winner will advance to the Tour final in San Francisco in September.
Confirmed entry is exceptionally strong, even by the high standards of online chess, including each of the current top 10 in the world in live leaderboards. Such an elite field contains the potential for a memorable competition.
Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi will both appear in their 14-game € 2million world title match in Dubai in November-December. Conventionally, the two competitors in a world championship series enter purdah for several months before the start to prepare new opening strategies with their assists.
This year, however, the preparation time will be shorter for Carlsen, who leads the Tour and will be favorites for the final. Nepomniachtchi’s position is more equivocal, as he expressed doubts about continuing to play so close to the Dubai game.
The FTX Crypto Cup kicks off at 4 p.m. BST on Sunday, May 23, with three days of all-play-all rounds, followed by a top-eight knockout. It’s free and live to watch, with grandmaster and computer commentary, on chess24.com and other major chess websites.
Peter Svidler vs. Dmitry Andreikin, St. Petersburg 2018. How did Black (to move) brilliantly win?
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