Sevian takes the lead as Ju Wenjun wins 3 games

GM Sam Sevian took the lead on Day 2 of the FTX Road to Miami Tournament winning three straight matches before a win over GM Teimour Radjabov, who left the tournament due to illness.

GM Ju Wenjun had a splendid second day of chess and defeated GMs Richard Rapport, Sam Shankland and Wei Yi.

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.

Sevian’s most prominent opponent on Monday was GM Levon Aronian, who has struggled so far and needs to do better in the past two days to qualify for the knockout stage.

The Armenian-American grandmaster sacrificed a rally for what looked like a powerful attack, but Sevian defended well and then got the upper hand.

“It definitely gives me a boost of confidence knowing that I can stick with them, that I can beat them, and that’s pretty much what it is,” Sevian said afterwards.

Ju, the reigning women’s world champion, is the only player on the court. She has a good chance of finishing in the top eight after an excellent second day. Here is his victory against Rapport:

Ju Wenjun FTX Road to Miami
Ju Wenjun: “I’m a little surprised that this time I’m playing much better than previous times, and I think maybe because they want to beat me, they pick an unclear game and I have chances.” Image: Champions Chess Tour.

India’s rising star GM Arjun Erigaisi is currently in second place, but not without a bit of luck. Against Shankland, he was dead lost:

FTX Route to Miami | Ranking of day 2

Ranking of the second day of Road to Miami

All Games Day 2

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 a KO if the match is tied after day two. The prize fund is $150,000.

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