Blitzcoin Invitational Day 5: Naroditsky wins


After four previous days of Blitzcoin Invitational, it was time for the final match.

GM seed Daniel Naroditsky took on another very dangerous and fast player, GM Awonder Liang, and convincingly beat him to win the tournament and the top prize of 0.296 BTC, or around $ 18,000 at the moment, while his opponent got the second prize of 0.148 BTC, or around $ 9,000.

This match was shaping up to be a very exciting spectacle for several reasons. For starters, the remaining players were some of the most experienced and dangerous ball and blitz players, even though the entire squad of America’s top 16 young talents only included great players overall. But more importantly, the final match had a different format: this time there would be three hours of chess, with three different time checks: one hour of 5/0 blitz followed by one hour of 3/0 blitz and d ‘one hour of 1/0 bullet.

Of course, since the slower time checks allow a lot fewer games, wins would be worth a lot more: to win a 5/0 game players would get three points, a 3/0 win would be worth two points, while a win by bullet would only be worth one point.

It was interesting to see how the match was going to start, as both players have shown in previous matches that by taking the advantage, the lives of the opponents would become rather problematic.

In the first game, Naroditsky went for a rather ambitious variant with Whites against Liang’s Caro-Kann and was completely outmaneuvered. While FM commentators Peter Giannatos and NM James Canty rightly praised the underdog’s position maneuvers and things looked grim for the top seed, suddenly Black missed a powerful trade sacrifice and is quickly passed underwater.

However, despite the heartbreaking loss, Liang did not lose morale and immediately equalized the score. The 5/0 game was very tense and ended with a minimal advantage from Naroditsky: 12-9.

That three-point advantage, however, became more prominent as players moved on to the second leg, as 3/0 wins were less valuable, which meant Liang needed more than one more win to catch up with his. delay.

And, he started very strong: first, he almost closed the score gap by going 12-11 in favor of his opponent, then 14-13.

The next half hour essentially determined the outcome of the game, as the seeded one scored a very impressive winning streak and ended the second leg with a huge lead: 33-18. In the process, he certainly went through some difficult and dangerous positions, which he saved with some neat tactical ideas. It’s certainly worth seeing a thumbnail, which could also have gone the other way if White had found one or two specific key decisions.

A 15 point difference is not easy to neutralize in any time control, but basically it meant that Liang needed 15 more wins, because now matches were only worth one point.

With bullet having its specifics, the games certainly didn’t lack drama: there were one-shot blunders, fake clicks, mouse swipes and all sorts of things that burn gamers’ nerves and make bullet a hit. so fun show.

Certainly Naroditsky was at the top of his game all night long, kept increasing his lead and never gave the opponent a single chance to continue a long winning streak, to reduce his scoring delay. or show any other sign of a meaningful comeback, and ultimately, he deservedly won the match with an astonishing score of 63-31.

It was a great fight, and Liang should definitely consider this tournament a great success; Meanwhile, the seed has reminded everyone that he can not only fool the classic chess super grandmasters with his unexpected opening picks, but also dominate the lower rated 50-100 point GM field. than him.

Right at the end of the game, the players phoned the commentators for a quick interview.

Here is what Liang had to say about the final match and his opponent: “It is clear that Dany’s bracket side was much more difficult. I haven’t played online for a while, so the most important thing for me was to make sure I was in good shape, especially because the ball was so important. There wasn’t a lot of pressure for me, I really enjoyed it, that was the key. I have never played someone of Danya’s caliber before in online chess. It is really difficult. I’ve seen him play, and it’s a lot easier to watch him play than to play him. The speed … he’s so fast, and his tactics are obviously very sharp, it’s very difficult to finish games against him. He has a classic understanding of the game and a very boring blitz repertoire, so I was really struggling. I did my best to get a solid game and see where we go from there. It was a tough game, but overall I’m pretty happy with the result. “

There wasn’t a lot of pressure for me, I really enjoyed it, that was the key. Danya has a classic understanding of the game, he’s so fast and his tactics are obviously very sharp. I was really struggling, but overall I’m quite happy with the result.
—Awonder Liang

The winner also had a lot to say. Naroditsky commented on the result as follows: “It was a great game overall. I was not happy with my start, it was quite fragile from the first game. I think Awonder was playing a segment. phenomenal five-minute. There was a few moments where I played a little too loosely, and Awonder punished me mercilessly. So I was a little worried during the five-minute game and I was happy to ‘get out of it. I think my form today wasn’t quite as sharp as it was the last two games, so I changed my repertoire, tried to take a little more time into it. opening, and I think the strategy worked pretty well. I was very impressed with Awonder’s speed, and it was only due to the big cushion that I felt really comfortable. Super fun matches overall, and I am absolutely delighted.

It was a great game overall. I was not happy with my departure, it was quite fragile from the first game. My shape wasn’t as crisp so I changed my repertoire to take a bit longer in the opening and it worked great. I was very impressed with the speed of Awonder. A super fan game overall, and absolutely thrilled.
—Daniel Naroditsky

The match and the interview of the two players ended, but not the broadcast, because there was a bombshell of information to deliver. Naroditsky has announced that he will now be a new lead commentator on He called the partnership a “dream come true” and was incredibly thrilled, but at the same time he promised he would continue to work on his streaming and YouTube at the same time. You can read more about this news here.

All matches of Day 5

Final classification after day 5

The Bitcoin Price Fund is provided by one of Daniel Naroditsky’s supporters: Chad Engan, also known as “Montanachess” on Twitch.

The 16 elite invited US Chess members will compete in blitz and bullet matches to see who wins. The event takes place from October 27 to 31.

Previous reports:

  • Blitzcoin Invitational Day 4: Naroditsky, Liang in the final
  • Blitzcoin Invitational Day 3: Naroditsky, Tang, Wang, Liang in the semifinals
  • Blitzcoin Invitational Day 2: Wang, Checa, Hong, Liang win
  • Blitzcoin Invitational Day 1: Naroditsky, Jacobson, Shetty, Tang win
  • Blitzcoin Invitational: all the information


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