In a month filled with surprises and controversy on this planet of chess, yet one more bombshell didn’t happen when Nationwide Grasp John Chernoff (ZugAddict on lichess.org) was at no level a big consider yesterday’s Titled Area, ending 141st out of 366 contributors. When requested by completely nobody to clarify his unremarkable efficiency, Mr. Chernoff mumbled one thing about his mouse and bullet chess being an undignified exercise to base a critical chess match on and left to activate the tub faucet for his cat, “Bear“.
With the sphere left large open by the fully anticipated sequence of losses by NM Chernoff, two precise Grandmasters vied for first – Oleksandr Bortnyk (“Evening-King96“) and Daniel Naroditsky (“RebeccaHarris“), each managing to outpace their most well-known rival, World #4 Alireza Firouzja (“alireza2003“) after Firouzja stumbled close to the top of the match with 4 successive losses. Narodisky’s efficiency was arguably probably the most spectacular of all, as he performed solely about an hour of the 2 hour lengthy occasion and beserked an astonishing 56% of his video games. Right here in puzzle type is one among Naroditsky’s wins in opposition to the match winner:
In all equity to the obviousness of that final “puzzle”, it needs to be famous that profound mixtures should not the commonest characteristic of bullet video games. The commonest characteristic of bullet video games are issues like this:
Lastly, lest we think about GM Bortnyk solely a strategic bullet genius, here is a pretty end to one among his different video games:
After this victory, Evening-King96 rattled off seven extra to lastly surge forward of the competitors and win the occasion. When pressed for feedback afterwards, GM Bortnyk mentioned nothing as a result of I simply messaged him a second in the past and he is most likely sleeping or one thing.
The subsequent Titled Area shall be on November fifth.
EDIT: Oleksandr Bortnyk writes again! His succinct abstract: “at all times laborious to play , too many good gamers , final quarter-hour have been aggravating”. Oleksandr additionally has simply offered an unique perception into his favourite music to take heed to whereas enjoying in these tournaments: “disco music , or deephouse , however when I’m shedding to many video games or cannot win 2-3 video games in a row , then Present Should Go On“. Many thanks and congratulations as soon as extra to the October lichess.org Titled Area Champion, Grandmaster Bortnyk!