Only Needs a Draw – Sacs the Queen! || Carlsen vs Aronian || FTX Crypto Cup (2022)

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Carlsen, Magnus (2822) – Aronian, Levon (2793)
FTX Crypto Cup ( [3] 2022.08.17
E94 King’s Indian, orthodox variation

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 O-O 5.d4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O h6 8.d5 Nbd7 9.Be3 Nh7 10.Qd2 f5 11.exf5 gxf5 12.Bxh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 Rf6 14.Qh4 Ndf8 15.g3 Qe7 16.Qh5 Qg7 17.Nh4 Ng5 18.f4 exf4 19.gxf4 Ne4+ 20.Kh1 Rh6 21.Nxe4 Rxh5 22.Bxh5 Qh6 23.Ng3 Bd7 24.Rae1 b5 25.c5 Qf6 26.Nf3 dxc5 27.Rg1 Kh8 28.Ne5 Kh7 29.Bf7 Be8 30.Bxe8 Rxe8 31.Re3 Ng6 32.Nh5 Qh4 33.Nxg6 Qxh5 34.Rxe8 Qf3+ 35.Rg2 Qd1+ 36.Rg1 Qxd5+ 37.Rg2 Qd1+ 38.Rg1 Qf3+ 39.Rg2 Qf1+ 40.Rg1 Qf3+ 41.Rg2 Qd1+ 42.Rg1 Qd5+ 43.Rg2 Qd1+

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The 2022 FTX Crypto Cup sees Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Liem Le, Hans Niemann and Praggnanandhaa gather in the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida for the 2nd Major on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. $210,000 and a $100,000 Bitcoin bonus is at stake in the 7-round all-play-all tournament. Each match consists of 4 rapid games on the chess24 Playzone, with the winner earning $7,500 (3 points). If the match is tied there’s a blitz tiebreak, with 2 blitz games followed, if needed, by a single Armageddon game. The winner earns $5,000 (2 points) and the loser $2,500 (1).

For each rapid game the players have 15 minutes for all their moves, with a 10-second increment after each move. For blitz games it’s 5 minutes and a 3-second increment, while for the Armageddon game White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. Official website:

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