Express report: FTX Crypto Cup Finals - Carlsen wins!

by ChessBase
6/1/2021 – World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the FTX Crypto Cup after beating Wesley So in a dramatic final. The match on day 1 of the final ended with a 2-2 and that was also the result of the match on day 2. In the blitz-tiebreak Wesley So won the first game after a blunder by Carlsen, but Carlsen bounced back by winning on demand with Black and then also won the Armageddon game. In the match for place three Ian Nepomniachtchi won against Teimour Radjabov. Full report to follow soon. | Games and commentary.

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cjan25 cjan25 6/1/2021 11:52
Congratulations to both finalists for an exciting match, and a great win by Magnus. I foresee the upcoming WC match won't be that exciting/close.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 6/1/2021 09:34
another K?


Or am i cheating this time?
Carlsen congratulations man. You are the best at this moment!
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 6/1/2021 08:18
Great win by Magnus ....Equally great was So's super performance.
ChessTalk ChessTalk 5/31/2021 06:39
I like the coverage. Very professional.
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 5/31/2021 09:08
the 4 K's :
+ Khalifman and Kasimdzhanov (world champions)
+ Karjakin (vice-WC)
+ Keres (one of the strongest players - with KorchnoÏ - not to be WC)
+ Kamski ...
Michael Jones Michael Jones 5/31/2021 01:48
@Minnesota Fats - Karpov was 34 when he lost the title to Kasparov, 39 when he last played a WC match. Kasparov was 37 when he lost to Kramnik. Anand held it until he was 43, then qualified to challenge for it again a year later. All of them, when they did eventually lose, did so to an opponent substantially younger than them (and all continued playing at the elite level for some years after the end of their reign as WC). Only Kramnik was relatively young (32) when he lost the title, and did so to a player older than him. Carlsen is currently 30, and pretty much all the rest of the current world elite, including his next challenger, are of the same generation. It's plausible that he might lose this year's WC match, but even if he does he'll be in a strong position to regain the title at the next opportunity. It won't be "all over" for him until a player of the next generation starts beating him on a regular basis, and there isn't one who looks likely to do so in the near future.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 5/30/2021 06:11
the games between Nepo and Radjabov ...are too short ..too friendly ....can't understand ...
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 5/30/2021 06:10
yes...there should be other online events (closed/ open) involving other , promising grandmasters ....
Theochessman Theochessman 5/30/2021 10:25
@Portlyotter Yes, so Magnus (Play Magnus) organises his own events so he can run away with the prize money! LOL There should indeed be more tournaments for lesser great players and also for amateurs.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 5/29/2021 11:13
@Poiuy Trewq , is this an Offical Indian Name? it was kind of difficult for me to quote you... You are absolutly right Korchnoi should not be forgotten.
As well as Keres.
And Khan (Sultan)!

we are now at 7 K's ;)
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 5/29/2021 10:57
@Green22 i wish you a pleasant weekend with alot of pool games. and a happy smile ;-)
Portlyotter Portlyotter 5/29/2021 10:19
Yawn. Another chess super league bore fest to make more money for the elite.

Not interested. Why has chess sold it’s soul.
Green22 Green22 5/29/2021 08:21
@Minnesota Fats - maybe you should stick to Pool. Please educate us all why it'll be all over for Carlsen in a couple year. LMAO.. he's in his Prime, but it's almost over. Genius commentary...
Poiuy Trewq Poiuy Trewq 5/29/2021 04:53
@Minnesota Fats - you left off Korchnoi off your recitation of the 4 Ks :-)
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 5/28/2021 09:53
Let me post a postive thing.

Carlsen did beat Nakamura, again ...
this is insane.

HE is really strong and we should cherish these we all know, a couple of years, it will be all over for Carslen, like it was for Karpov, Kasparov, and Kramnik. the 4 K's.

Lets just give him credit.
Extra: these chess players have no influence on the sponsors that are decided...they are really human players.
Fisher is the only chess player who could decide his rules outside the chess board. The rest are all followers, i guess. Kasparov tried it a bit, like Fisher to break out...
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 5/28/2021 09:10
@Michael Jones - thank you - that makes sense. It was the seeding remark which is perhaps not accurate.
Michael Jones Michael Jones 5/28/2021 08:55
@Keith Homeyard - I presume he means the standings in the preliminary stage. The players who finished in the top four positions were all eliminated in the QFs, with the SFs being contested by the players who finished in places 5-8.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 5/28/2021 12:55
"a5 is the strong threat. And now a5 would win. aiming for a5. Threatens to win with a5. Hoping for a5." Okay, okay, I get it.
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 5/28/2021 10:39
RichardEaston:- I haven't seen the seeding but I am surprised by your comment since Radjabov and Carlsen both have higher Elos showing than their opponents.
RichardEaston RichardEaston 5/28/2021 05:36
The lower seed won all four matches.
damarasa damarasa 5/27/2021 04:16
Hey guys can I ask? What if Hikaru and Magnus draw tonight? Will it be a different match? Or Hikaru will be qualified for the next stage? Thank you
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 5/26/2021 11:00
'quarterifnals': another thing I don't know anything about.
About bitcoins: when you win, it's a good investment, when you lose, it's a fraud. But the energy consumption is a good reason to stay clear of it.
dumkof dumkof 5/26/2021 10:10
@ixent, there are some very instructive videos on youtube, briefly explaining why it is a fraud, and the mathematics behind. Watch and learn! It's arguably the biggest fraud of this century.
karavamudan karavamudan 5/25/2021 06:26
If any chess patzer wants to win against Carl and Nepo, this is the best opportunity. Both seem guarded in revealing their playing style before the world chess championship.

Same happened to Vishy who finished last in a tournament before the championship.
ixent ixent 5/24/2021 12:54
@dumkof @Minnesota Fats
How can you be so confident on a matter you obviously know nothing about?
dumkof dumkof 5/24/2021 12:07
@Minnesota Fats
I fully agree.
Above all, bitcoin and other crypto currencies are a global fraud, very similar to the Ponzi scheme, the famous pyramid scam. Money flows from newcomers towards those, who have entered earlier. Should never be accepted as a sponsor or advertised in any means.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 5/23/2021 09:06
at least no Bitcoins this time...terrible sponsor for advertising a sponsor like that for a World Championship.... bitcoins consume alot of energy and are not compatible with reducing one's ecological footprint on earth!