Dear Chess fans,
the first round of Season 8 was a 5+1 Blitz arena round with 20 players - a new record! This time we had an average rating of 1919 (second highest ever) with no less than 12 players with a >2000 rating! We could welcome several new players like @tungphon (blackswan21) and Blacknight186 (no Hive user name yet) and also @samostically (ZGM_Samostically) after a long absence joined the Hivechess crowd.
Despite of the very strong field, @sawko could again land on the first spot. Congratulations! He was 100% going berserk, that gave him the extra points, and a higher number of games played. Second was @tungphon (blackswan21), followed by @eniolw.
The games of this round can be found here, in case you want to replay some of them.
Season 8: 17 Sep to 15 Oct 2021 / Ranking after first round:
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The rules you can look up in the announcement post.
See you next week!
Did anybody follow the Norway Chess 2021 Tournament? Magnus Carlsen is in top form, as it seems, but also youngster Alireza Firouzja played extremly well, having won his last 4 matches in a row!
Here are the final standings: