Armageddon Series: Kramnik, Gukesh and Dubov to play in Asian leg

by ChessBase
4/1/2023 – “Armageddon Championship Series: Asia & Oceania”, the second event of the cycle developed by World Chess, will take place on April 3-9 in Berlin. Daniil Dubov, Yu Yangyi, Vladimir Kramnik, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Vidit Gujrathi, Parham Maghsoodloo, Gukesh D and Murali Karthikeyan will play a double-elimination blitz knockout, as they battle for €50,000 in prize money and two spots in the series’ Grand Finale.

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Kramnik still active in blitz

Press release by World Chess

The Armageddon Championship Series is back for its second stage with Asia & Oceania featuring some of the most talented chess players in the world competing under immense time pressure in a hair-raised dramatic show for a chance to join Wesley So and Sam Shankland in the Grand Finale in September. The event will take place from April 3 to April 9 in Berlin and promises to be a thrilling week of high-stakes and spectacular chess.

The second stage of the Armageddon Championship Series will see the chess stars Daniil Dubov (FID, Blitz rating 2802), Yangyi Yu (CHN, blitz rating 2783), Vladimir Kramnik (FID, blitz rating 2712), Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB, blitz rating 2672), Vidit Gujrathi (IND, blitz rating 2651), Parham Maghsoodloo (IRN, blitz rating 2647), Gukesh D (IND, blitz rating 2612), and Murali Karthikeyan (IND, blitz rating 2523). These players will battle it out over seven days in a double-elimination format, with daily matches consisting of two blitz games and an Armageddon game (if necessary).

The Armageddon Championship Series promises to be an immersive viewing experience, with real-time displays of the players' heart rates and calories burned, breakneck moves, and cutting-edge analysis by GM Jan Gustafsson and WGM Jovanka Houska. The series will be broadcast on 17 TV platforms and online on the World Chess YouTube channel.

The event takes place in a bespoke pavilion at the World Chess Club Berlin. Chess fans and spectators are welcome to come to the club to meet their favorite chess stars. Registration details will be available on the World Chess Club Berlin social media.

For the first two days, the players were divided into pairs as follows:

Day 1

  • GM Vidit Gujrathi — GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov
  • GM Yangyi Yu — GM Gukesh D

Day 2

  • GM Karthikeyan Murali — GM Parham Maghsoodloo
  • GM Daniil Dubov — GM Vladimir Kramnik

The pairings on the upcoming days will be established using the double-elimination system and will be determined by the results of the previous days.

Armageddon Championship Series

Armageddon Championship Series

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, commented:

By embracing innovative formats like Armageddon, top-level chess can captivate a broader audience and ignite greater passion among fans. Viewers of Armageddon will witness fast-paced matches between chess players of different experiences, and playing styles, creating an atmosphere of suspense and excitement.

Sandro Cisco, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky, says:

Being a long-standing cybersecurity partner of the World Chess events, we are glad to support the new Armageddon Championship Series 2023 embracing the world of chess with a new innovative format and experience, focusing on the analytical skills and rapid response of players. The ability to react quickly and cope with new challenges are unquestionable values shared by Kaspersky experts, too. Both chess and cybersecurity represent the combination of the pinnacle of human intelligence, full of the unrivalled knowledge and experience. We believe this event will be a new, lasting experience for every player, opening up brand-new insights into the fascinating game of chess.


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