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HomeChessThrilling last sends Savchenko flying to Aktobe for the $50,000 Kazakhstan Cup

Thrilling last sends Savchenko flying to Aktobe for the $50,000 Kazakhstan Cup


As talked about in our earlier weblog, the Aktobe Open (a part of the Kazakhstan Cup) determined to grant an invite to the winner of a collection of occasions held on Lichess. The primary stage was staggered over 24 hours into three blitz arenas, to permit for participation the world over. Participation in every area had wonderful turnout, with over 15,000 whole gamers getting into. Amongst them, a number of sturdy titled gamers joined the occasion, which led to many high-level video games already within the first stage of the qualifiers! 

The Swiss portion of the occasion featured 41 gamers amongst certified and wild playing cards, whereas placing up for grabs seven spots of the KO part. For the eighth spot, Lichess invited Pavel Eljanov as a wildcard, the present world #33 and persistently FIDE-rated 2700+ for a number of years. Savchenko concluded the Swiss in tenth place, however clinched a qualification spot to the ultimate Knockout bracket after a final minute withdrawal.

To assist Lichess’s stringent Honest Play necessities, the knockout match – which was the third and last stage of the qualifiers – required not simply dwell monitoring of the video games by moderators, but additionally connecting to a Zoom name with arbiters for all gamers. Within the Swiss stage, this had been required from untitled or lesser identified gamers.

Within the high aspect of the bracket, GM Boris Savchenko beat IM Jakub Pulpan after which GM Pavel Eljanov easily. On the opposite aspect, IM Siva Mahadevan engaged in an edgy battle towards IM Nikoloz Petriashvili, resolved solely in an Armageddon tiebreaker. In the meantime, Croatian wunderkid GM Leon Livaic waltzed previous GM Maxim Dlugy in straight units. Within the semifinals, Siva confirmed to be a tenacious participant – forcing his opponent, Leon Livaic, to the Armageddon stage once more. 

The ultimate was resolved by two fast video games with a rating of 1.5-0.5 in favor of Savchenko, with each gamers exhibiting their love of chess by analyzing their recreation for a number of minutes within the Zoom name afterwards and congratulating one another. A really pretty signal of sportsmanship, from two gamers who clearly had a number of respect for one another. 

The group of this match was intense, however we’re joyful to name it an entire success! Due to the Kazakhstan chess federation for his or her cooperation and beneficiant patronage and to all people within the Lichess workforce who was concerned!

If you’re an organizer and want to do one thing related, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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