Asian players to face Carlsen & Co. at Goldmoney Asian Rapid

by ChessBase
6/23/2021 – The seventh leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour will be played from June 26 until July 4. Dubbed the Goldmoney Asian Rapid, the event will feature a $100,000 prize fund. Remarkably, the highest-rated woman player in the world, Hou Yifan, will take part in the tournament. Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So, currently placed first and second respectively in the tour standings, will also participate.

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Four Indian players in the mix

The organizers of the Meltwater Champions Tour have decided to prioritize the presence of Asian players in the seventh leg of the series. The games at the Goldmoney Asian Rapid will kick off four hours earlier than they did at the FTX Crypto Cup, which means Indian players will start their games at 16:30, while the Chinese participants will start theirs at 18:00.

A four-player contingent from Indian will be featured, with Vidit, Adhiban, Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi looking to show their best against the likes of Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri and Wesley So.

The highest-rated player from China, Ding, will be joined by compatriot Hou Yifan, the strongest female player in the world. Hou currently works as a professor at Shenzhen University, but she has shown her strength sporadically since she was awarded that job almost exactly a year ago — for example, the 27-year-old from Xinghua convincingly won the ‘Belt and Road’ online tournament in December last year

Goldmoney Asian Rapid

While the previous leg of the event had FTX — a cryptocurrency exchange — as a partner, the seventh tournament of the series will work with Goldmoney. As stated in a press release by the Play Magnus Group, “Goldmoney is the easiest way for people to acquire physical gold and is the world’s most trusted precious metal trader with silver, platinum, and palladium bullion online all available”.

Roy Sebag, CEO of Goldmoney, said:

Chess is a beautiful game which expresses the skill, free will, and intelligence found in human beings. It is a game with a rich tradition spanning at least hundreds of years.

Likewise, gold has a rich tradition as an element of great wonder which has served as the premier form of money for human civilization for thousands of years.

The Goldmoney Asian Rapid will be broadcast live on Norwegian TV station TV 2.

Goldmoney Asian Rapid 2021


The full line-up

  1. Magnus Carlsen - #1 Tour Standings
  2. Wesley So - #2 Tour Standings
  3. Anish Giri - #4 Tour Standings
  4. Levon Aronian - #7 Tour Standings
  5. Alireza Firouzja - Wildcard / #12 Tour Standings
  6. Vidit Gujrathi - Wildcard
  7. Ding Liren - Wildcard
  8. Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Wildcard
  9. Vladimir Artemiev - New Invite / Wildcard
  10. Saleh Salem - New Invite / Wildcard
  11. Hou Yifan - New Invite / Wildcard
  12. Arjun Erigaisi - Indian Qualifier
  13. Adhiban Baskaran - Indian Qualifier
  14. Gukesh D - Gelfand Challenge
  15. Daniil Dubov - Premium Vote
  16. Peter Svidler - Premium Vote

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