Sevian eliminates Mamedyarov and enters the knockout stage as the top seed

As the winner of the preliminaries, GM Sam Sevian enters the knockout stage of the FTX Road to Miami tournament as the top seed. The American grandmaster will face GM Wei Yi in the quarter-finals.

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who lost to Sevian in the final round, failed to reach the knockout and GM Leinier Dominguez also failed to qualify, while GMs Anish Giri and Levon Aronian qualified.

How to watch? Games from the FTX Road to Miami Preliminaries can be found here as part of our live event platform. Heats begin each day at 9:00 a.m. Pacific/6:00 p.m. CEST.

No one will enter the knockout stage undefeated. GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda suffered his first loss in round 13 today, losing a dramatic match against GM Aryan Tari, Norway’s only representative in this event, without the participation of the world champion.

Tary played some great games while showing some interesting opening ideas (especially as the White against the Sicilian) but missed the top eight by just one point. In this game, Duda was the first to come up with a surprise. It probably wasn’t a mouse drag, which happened later in the game:

Duda was also the only player to beat Sevian, in the 14th round of the preliminaries. Black’s position became almost hopeless after a knight sacrifice on g7, which turned White’s dark-squared bishop into a monster:

Jan-Krzysztof Duda FTX Road to Miami
Inspirational piece by Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Mamedyarov had to win his last-round match on demand against Sevian (and had chances!) but the latter personally knocked out the Azerbaijani grandmaster in a sharp match:

Two American GMs, Sam Shankland and Hans Niemann, played rather disappointing tournaments. Sometimes things just don’t go your way.

In the last round, Niemann played an interesting waiting move (once tried by Giri himself!) at the start of the King’s Indian, but his follow-up – after avoiding a repeat move – wasn’t great and Giri quickly won:

The tournament continues Thursday with the quarter-finals Sevian vs. Wei, Erigaisi vs. Aronian, Duda vs. Giri and Rapport vs. Xiong.

FTX Road to Miami Preliminaries | Final ranking

FTX Road to Miami 2022 Preliminary Final Rankings
Note that Xiong finished in fifth place and Giri sixth based on the first tie-break: mutual result.

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FTX Road to Miami KO

The fifth event of the Champions Chess Tour 2022, the FXT Road To Miami, will take place July 10-17, 2022 on chess24. The preliminary phase is a rapid round robin (15 | 10) with 16 players. The top eight players move on to the knockout stage which consists of two quick four-game matchdays, which progress to blitz (5 | 3) and armageddon (white has five minutes; black, four without increment ) only tie if a knockout match is tied after day two. The prize fund is $150,000.


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