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Bullet Chess Championship 2024 Day 1: Sevian Stuns Firouzja; Nakamura, Nihal, Naroditsky Advance

GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Sam Sevian, Nihal Sarin, and Daniel Naroditsky superior to the Winners Semifinals of the Bullet Chess Championship 2024 (BCC) on Monday. 

In his debut to the BCC, Sevian defeated the 2021 champion, GM Alireza Firouzja, within the Quarterfinals. It took Nihal 9 video games in time beyond regulation to prevail vs. GM Andrew Tang. Nakamura defeated GM David Paravyan by an eight-point margin. Naroditsky overcame GM Oleksandr Bortnyk in a detailed match. 

Firouzja, Tang, Paravyan, and Bortnyk are nonetheless alive within the Losers Bracket together with the eight grandmasters who confronted defeat in Spherical 1. 

The motion continues on Tuesday, June 11, at 12:00 p.m. ET / 18:00 CEST / 8:30 p.m. IST

Winners Bracket – Day 1:

Losers Bracket – Day 1:

Winners – Spherical 1:

Winners – Quarterfinals:

Winners – Spherical 1:

Winners – Quarterfinals:

Winners Spherical 1 – Half 1:

Half one started with a mixture of bullet specialists like Tang, Nihal, and Naroditsky together with some super-GMs like Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Giri took a shocking three-point lead vs. hyperbullet champion Tang. But, within the vital moments, Tang confirmed what he is product of. He gained two must-win video games in a row to ship the match into time beyond regulation. Within the second, he constructed up a terrifying kingside assault with the assistance of his knights.

Then Tang gained two extra to take the match, ending with one other dazzling assault. 

Naturally, Nakamura was prepared with phrases of comfort to consolation Giri.

Naroditsky vs. Praggnanandhaa was shut for a lot of the match. When the gamers have been tied at 7-7, Naroditsky’s bullet experience prevailed when he turned a defensive endgame right into a victory. 

As Naroditsky started to take over the lead, Praggnanandhaa hung his queen with lower than a minute left on the match clock, ending his possibilities. 

Nihal’s pace prowess confirmed vs. Caruana when he defeated the world number-three by an eight-point margin. Bortnyk and Le traded victories till Le hung a rook halfway by way of the match. After that, Bortnyk started to wash home, taking the match by a five-point margin. 

Tang vs. Nihal: 12-14

Tang vs. Nihal was a real duel between bullet virtuosos and the closest match of the day. The scoreboard flashed between a tie and a slight lead in every participant’s favor many instances. 

With three minutes on the match clock, Nihal introduced his result in two factors with highly effective attacking play. Within the subsequent recreation, Tang fought again from down an trade to maintain himself within the match. 

In time beyond regulation, Tang used premove “bullet triangulation” to flag Nihal and tie the rating.

Quickly Tang himself was on the verge of taking the match when Nihal fought again below strain. 

Additional time raged on for 9 video games earlier than Nihal triumphed. 

Naroditsky vs. Bortnyk: 10.5-8.5

Tied for a lot of their match, Naroditsky and Bortnyk fought to tip the scales of their respective favor. In the long run, Naroditsky got here by way of, profitable the final recreation to succeed in the wanted two-point margin and advance. Lots of his wins have been from sacrifice-fueled king assaults. 

Winners Spherical 1 – Half 2

Half two noticed the reigning champion, Nakamura, and the 2021 champion, Firouzja, enter the fray. Nakamura gained his match vs. GM Christopher Yoo by a 10-point margin. Regardless of the lopsided rating, Yoo did pull off a tremendous victory in recreation three, capitalizing on his edge regardless of Nakamura’s resourceful counter.

Firouzja beat GM Vladimir Fedoseev with a 12-7 rating. Paravyan defeated GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by a shocking eight-point margin. Regardless of this, Vachier-Lagrave conjured a stupendous assault in recreation seven. 

Sevian gained a four-point lead early in his match vs. GM Jose Martinez. But within the final quarter, Martinez started a comeback. He gained 4 video games in a row, together with one with a surprising double-check checkmate.

With two minutes left on the match clock, Martinez tied up the match. In the long run, Sevian prevailed in time beyond regulation.

Nakamura vs. Paravyan: 13.5-5.5

Nakamura took the early lead, however Paravyan started to plant the seeds of a comeback. After a fast checkmate in recreation seven, he gained a full rook within the subsequent. But, Nakamura created large kingside strain and stole the purpose in the long run.

From there, Nakamura continued to develop his lead, in the end profitable 13.5-5.5. 

Sevian vs. Firouzja: 13-4

Sevian’s bullet energy has been the shock of the occasion up to now. Dealing with Firouzja, Sevian took a five-point lead. 

Firouzja tried to mount a comeback, however in recreation 12, catastrophe befell him in a four-queen ending. With a missed mate looming, Firouzja hung not one however each of his queens.

Firouzja was unable to recuperate, and Sevian gained practically all the remainder of the video games, scoring 13-4. 

After the match, Sevian shared: “I do not play bullet each week or each month, however there are occasions once I simply play for hours on finish. I’ve by no means truly performed the BCC, so that is my first try this 12 months.”

There are occasions once I simply play [bullet] for hours on finish.

—Sam Sevian

On day two, we’ll see how Sevian fares vs. bullet-fanatic Naroditsky. Three-time champion Nakamura will face the formidable Nihal. In the meantime, the 12 grandmasters within the Losers Bracket, together with Firouzja and Tang, will duke it out for a second probability. 


The Bullet Chess Championship 2024 (BCC) is’s most elite bullet chess occasion the place gamers compete to see who’s the quickest chess participant on the earth. The occasion’s qualifiers occurred on Might 14, with the principle occasion occurring on June 10 by way of 13. Gamers compete for his or her share of the $100,000 prize fund.

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