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FTX CRYPTO CUP 2021: DAY1 Anish Giri takes lead

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  • 2021-05-25 22:25:39

FTX CRYPTO CUP 2021 

FTX Crypto Cup 2021 started from 21 may 2021 offers a record prize of $320,000 for an online tournament. FTX Crypto Cup launched world's first bitcoin chess tournament.
The time control is 15 minutes for all move with a 10 seconds increment.
FTX Crypto Chess Cup 2021 participants

Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

Fabiano Caruana (USA)

Ding Liren (China)

Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia)

Levon Aronian (Armenia)

Anish Giri (Holland)

Alexander Grischuk (Russia),

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)

Wesley So (USA)

Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)

Alireza Firouzja (Iran)

Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

Peter Svidler (Russia)

Alan Pichot (Argentina)

DAY 1 Anish Giri takes lead

 On day 1 of the FTX Crypto cup, Anish Giri was the only one player to win three games. He scored 4/5 points as 2 games were draw.

Round 1- Anish giri defeated GM Pichot, Alan Pichot made a mistake by playing 15.Qxd5?(cxd5 would be best) and giri played Nd4!. after white move 16.Bd3, Giri takes more than 3 minutes to think and played best move 16...b5!

GM Pichot, Alan (2533)- Giri, Anish (2731)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 g6 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3
Bg7 {White has an edge.} 9. Nc2 Nf6 10. Be2 O-O 11. Be3 Be6 12. O-O Rc8 
13. f3  (13. b3 Qa5 14. Bd2 Qd8 15. Rc1 Nd4 16. f3 Nxc2 17. Rxc2 Qb6+ 18.
Kh1 Nh5 19. Qc1) 13... Nh5 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. Qxd5  ({Better is} 15. cxd5 
Ne7 16. Nb4) 15... Nd4 16. Bd3 ({Not} 16. Bxd4 exd4 17. f4 Qb6
$19) (16. Nxd4  exd4 17. Bd2 (17. Bxd4 Nf4  {Double Attack})) 16... b5
$1 $19 17. Nxd4 (17. b3) 17... exd4 18. Bg5  ({Avoid the trap} 18. Bxd4 
Nf4 ) 18... Qb6 19. cxb5  {aiming for Rac1.} (19. e5 bxc4 20. Bxc4 Bxe5)
19... Rc5 {Double Attack} 20. Qb3 {Bd2 is the strong threat.} Rxg5 21. bxa6
Qxb3 22. axb3 {Threatening f4.} Nf4 $1 {Double Attack} 23. Bc4 {With the idea
g3.} Rxg2+ {Double Attack} 24. Kh1 {If White can now play Bd5 this
consolidates a bit.} Rxb2 {Black is clearly winning.} 25. Rfb1 Rc2 {And now ...
d3 would win.} 26. Rc1 d3 27. Rxc2 {Black must now prevent Rca2.} Bxa1 (27...
dxc2  28. Rc1 ) 28. Rc1 Bd4 29. Rd1 Bc5 30. h4 Kg7 31. Kh2 Kf6 32. Kg3 Ke5
0-1


Round 2- Giri's match was against Levon Aronian. The result of the game was a draw.

Aronian,Levon (2778)-Giri, Anish (2731)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8.
Be2 h6 9. Nh3 Bd6 {The modern move.} 10. d3 Nb7 11. Ng1 Nc5 12. Nf3 {[#]} e4
$146 {White is slightly better.} (12... O-O 13. O-O Qc7 14. Nc3 Rd8 15. Qe1 Bf5
16. Be3 Ne6 17. Nd2 Nd5 18. Nde4 Bf8 {1/2-1/2 (40) Bologan,V (2734) -Beliavsky,
A (2609) Istanbul 2012}) 13. dxe4 Ncxe4 14. O-O O-O 15. Nbd2 Qc7 16. Nc4 Bc5 $1
{Hoping for ...Nxf2.} 17. Be3 Rd8 18. Qc1 Bxe3 19. Nxe3 (19. fxe3 Ba6 $11)
19... Rb8 (19... Re8 $11 {keeps the balance.}) 20. c3 (20. Bd3 $16) 20... Bg4
$11 21. Rd1 (21. Re1 {is interesting.} Bh5 22. g3 Bg6 23. Nd4 c5 24. Nf3) 21...
Ng5 22. Nxg5 ({Don't play} 22. Nxg4 Rxd1+ 23. Bxd1 Nxg4 $17) 22... Bxe2 23. Re1
Bh5 24. Nh3 Re8 25. b3 Re6 26. Nc4 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 Re8 28. Qd2 Bg4 29. Nf4 g5
30. Nd3 Re2 {Black has compensation.} 31. Qc1 Bf5 32. Qd1 ({White should
try} 32. Nde5 ) 32... Ng4  33. g3  (33. f4 {keeps fighting.} Bxd3
34. Qxd3 Qxf4 35. Qg3) 33... Qe7  ({And not} 33... Bxd3 34. Qxd3 Re6 35. Rd1
) 34. h3 Bxd3 35. Qxd3 Nxf2 {Double Attack} 36. Qf5 Re1+  (36... h5 $19 {
and Black stays clearly on top.} 37. a4 (37. Qc8+ Kg7 38. Qf5 g4 39. hxg4 Nh3+
40. Kh1 h4) 37... g4 38. hxg4 Nh3+ 39. Kf1 h4) 37. Rxe1  Qxe1+ {Double
Attack} 38. Kg2 Ne4 39. Qf3 Nxc3 40. h4 Ne4 (40... c5 {is more complex.} 41.
Ne3 Qd2+ 42. Kh3 Ne2 43. Qe4 Ng1+) 41. Qe3 Qxe3 42. Nxe3 
Nc3 43. a4 Ne4 44. Nf5 Kh7 45. b4 (45. hxg5  hxg5 46. b4) 45... gxh4 (45...
c5  46. Kf3  Nxg3 47. Kxg3 cxb4) 46. gxh4  c5 47. Kf3 Nc3 48.
bxc5 Nxa4 49. c6 {And now c7 would win.} Nb6 50. h5 {Threatens to win with Ke4.
} a5  51. Ke4 {aiming for Kd4.} a4 52. Kd4 a3 53. Kc3 {Kb3 is the strong
threat.} Nc4 54. Nd4 ({Don't go for} 54. Kxc4  a2 ) 54... a2 55. Nc2 Ne3 {
( ...Nxc2)} 56. Na1 Nd5+ 57. Kc4  (57. Kb2 {and White stays safe.})
57... Ne7  58. c7 Kg7 59. Kb3 Kf6 60. Kxa2 Kg5 ({Better is} 60... Ke5
{Strongly threatening ...Kd6.} 61. Kb3 (61. Nb3 Kd6) 61... Kd6) 61. Kb3  {
The position is equal.} Kxh5 62. Nc2 Kg5 63. Kc4 h5 {With the idea ...h4.} 64.
Kd3 h4 {White must now prevent ...h3.} 65. Ke2 Kf6 66. Nd4 Nc8 67. Kf3 Ke5 68.
Nc6+ Kd6 69. Nd8 Kxc7 70. Nxf7 Nd6 71. Nxd6 Kxd6 72. Kg4 h3 73. Kxh3 1/2-1/2


 
Round 3- Anish Giri defeated world no.3 GM Ding, Liren. In the game, Ding made blunder 30…Rxd3? instead of 30…axb3 which is good for black 31.Qxd3 Rxd3 32.Nc5! Knight fork on Queen and rook. Ding resigned soon.

 Giri, Anish (2731)- GM Ding, Liren(2836)

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O Nb6 7. Nc3 Be7 8.
d3 O-O 9. Be3 Re8 10. Rc1 Bf8 11. Bg5 Qd7 12. Ne4 h6  13. Bd2  (13.
Bxh6 f5 14. Bh3 Qf7 15. Neg5 Qxa2 16. Ra1 Qd5 17. e4 fxe4 18. Bxc8 exf3 19.
Bxb7) 13... a5 14. Nc5 Bxc5 15. Rxc5 Qd6 16. Rc1 Be6 17. a3 a4 18. Be3 Bb3 19.
Qe1 Bd5 20. Bc5 Qe6 21. e4 {Hoping for Bxb6.} Bb3 22. Qc3 Nd7 23. Be3 Nf6 24.
Nd2 Ba2 25. f4  {White has good play.} Rad8 26. Nf3 exf4 27. Bxf4 Rd7 28.
Rfe1 Bb3 29. Nd2 (29. d4  Nxe4 30. Rxe4  Qxe4 31. Re1 Qxe1+ 32. Nxe1
Nxd4 33. Kf2) 29... Red8 30. Nxb3 Rxd3  {A mistake that costs the game.} (
30... axb3  {keeps the upper hand.} 31. Qc5 Rxd3) 31. Qxd3 $18 {White is
clearly winning.} Rxd3 32. Nc5  Double Attack} Qe7 33. Nxd3 g5 34. Be3 Ng4
35. Bc5 Qe6 36. e5 1-0
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Round 4- Giri beat Alexander Grischuk.

Round 5- The game against Dubov was a draw.

Giri, Anish (2731)- Dubov Daniil (2770)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. a3 h6 8. Re1
Re8 9. h3 Bf8 10. Nd5  Nxd5 146 (10... Be6 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6 12. Bxe6 Rxe6
13. Nh2 Rae8 14. Qf3 Qd8 15. Be3 Nd4 16. Bxd4 exd4) 11. Bxd5 Ne7 12. Bb3 Ng6
13. Be3 Qf6 14. Nh2 Be6 15. Bxe6 Qxe6 16. Qg4 a5 17. Qxe6 Rxe6 18. a4 Ne7 19.
f4 exf4 20. Bxf4 f5 21. exf5 Rxe1+ 22. Rxe1 Nxf5 23. Nf3 Kf7 24. Bd2 b6 25. g4
Ne7 26. Nd4 Ng6 27. Rf1+ Kg8 28. Ne6 Rc8 (28... Re8 29. Nxc7 Rc8 14) 29.
Bc3 c5 30. b3 d5 31. Rf5 d4 32. Nxf8 Rxf8 33. Rxf8+ Kxf8  34. Bd2 Ke7 35.
Kf2 Ke6 36. Kg3 Ne5 (36... Ne7 ) 37. h4 14 Nc6 38. h5  Ne7 (
38... Ne5 ) 39. g5  hxg5 40. Bxg5  (40. Kg4 
16 Nd5 41. Kxg5 Kf7 (41... Ne3 42. Kg6 ) 42. Kf5 Ne3+ 43. Ke4 Nxc2 44. Bf4
Na1 45. Kd5 Nxb3 46. Kc4 Na1 47. Bc7) 40... Nd5  {The position is equal.}
41. Kf3 Ke5 42. Bh4 Ke6 43. Bg3 Kf5 44. Bh4 Nf6 45. Kf2 g5  46. hxg6 Kxg6 47. Bxf6
Kxf6 48. Ke2 Kg5 49. Kf3 Kf5 50. Kg3 Kg5 51. Kf3 Kf5 52. Kg3 Kg5 53. Kf3
1/2-1/2

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