Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The Strongest Chess Tournament in History Begins on May 23

FTX Crypto Cup will take place from May 23-31. Its record $320,000 online prize fund has attracted a strong field of elite grandmasters. In fact, for the first time in history, every chess player on the current FIDE (World Chess) Top 10 list will be competing. This places this tournament slightly ahead of Vienna 1882 and Linares 1993 which both had an amazing nine out of the top ten players.

With such a collection of talent competing for an enormous prize fund and a qualification for the Meltwater Champions Tour Final in San Francisco, the FTX Crypto Cup is sure to be an action packed event. 

Here are the complete field of elite Grandmasters set to compete in the FTX Crypto Cup on May 23. 

1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor), 2. Fabiano Caruana (USA), 3. Ding Liren (Chn), 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus), 5. Levon Aronian (Arm), 6. Anish

Giri (Ned), 7. Alexander Grischuk (Rus), 8. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

(Aze), 9. Wesley So (USA), 10. Teimour Radjabov (Aze), 11. Maxime

Vachier-Lagrave (Fra), 12. Alireza Firouzja (FIDE), 13. Hikaru Nakamura (USA), 14. Daniil Dubov (Rus), 15. Peter Svidler (Rus), 16. Alan Pichot (Arg).

The format behind with three days of all-players competing followed by a knock-out format among the top eight. The official tournament site is https://championschesstour.com/ftx-crypto-cup-worlds-first-bitcoin-chess-tournament/ and http://chess24.com/ has promised to provide free coverage with “multiple streams for chess fans of all levels and nationalities.” In addition, because approximately $100,000 of the prize fund will be paid in Bitcoin, FTX (https://ftx.com) will be displaying the fluctuations in the prize fund value in real-time throughout this event. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s daily chess musing and are excited to follow all the action during the strongest chess tournament in history by tuning in to the Daily Chess Musings YouTube channel for daily recaps of the 2021 FTX Crypto Cup.

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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