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Death Match 23 Postponed

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 13/04/14 07:40.

After only three games of Death Match 23 on Saturday, the Chess.com live chess server failed and the match was postponed. IM Marc Essserman and FM Evan Ju were tied 1.5-1.5 at the time of the technical issue.

IM Danny Rensch, commentating live, speculated that the issue was the patch required by the recent Heartbleed security bug. No time has been set for the resumption of the match.

Chess.com's live server is back up and running as of the time of this writing.

Fans no doubt left disappointed, as two of the most accomplished blitz players on the site played a tactical melee in game one. First Ju offered a piece, then Esserman offered his queen. When she wouldn't be captured, the IM forced the issue. White's king never escaped the awesome power of two bishops working together!

Ju struck back in game two. It was not a Smith-Morra, rather Ju played his standard French (he promised before the match that he did have one line prepared aginst Esserman's favorite opening if the need arose). Esserman went for the gusto again, this time with a pawn storm. But after the queens were traded, White's weak f-pawn spelled doom and Black converted without issue.

In game three, a double bishop ending nearly earned Ju another point. His tactic 42. c6 didn't completely work, as Esserman saw the charade and calmly declined the "free" bishop. In the end, Ju decided not to attempted a queenside invasion with his king and risk abandoning his kingside.

Several minutes into game four (in which Ju again played the French), the live chess server crashed. Attempts to fix the issue on the air were not successful, so Rensch decided to delay the remainder.

"This is about as frustrating as it gets," Rensch said. "Apologies on behalf of Chess.com. Apologies specifically to Mr. Evan Ju and Marc Esserman who were absolute champions. We were on pace for one of the best Death Matches ever. I really had that feeling."

There has never before been a postponement to a Death Match. No date has been scheduled for the match's continuation. "We will find a date that works," Rensch said.



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  • 7 mesi fa

    ryanjpaszek

    Deathmatch 23: Rensch vs Shankland

  • 7 mesi fa

    matrix_algebra1

    once again, there is a huge european audience, and yet no GMT is quoted. *sigh* there's too much bias if you don't live in america imo.

  • 7 mesi fa

    IM DanielRensch

    The match will be held Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:30PM EST, 4:30PM PST.

  • 7 mesi fa

    sisu

    YES!!!

  • 7 mesi fa

    IM DanielRensch

    Match will resume at some point in the next week to ten days. Will keep people posted.

  • 7 mesi fa

    drumdaddy

    Leave Bugville behind. Go Mac.

  • 7 mesi fa

    SmileyMileyMooMoo

    Awful shame. It was great to watch and i also felt it was going to be a great match.

    See you again soon Death Match Ee's.

  • 7 mesi fa

    Lawdoginator

    Very disappointing. 

  • 7 mesi fa

    InfiniteFlash

    This was going to be BY FAR the best death match of all-time. What a shame for it to be delayed by a crash. Chess.com better compensate!!

  • 7 mesi fa

    FXSTC

    We want a date for when it resumes.. I dont think thats asking too much considering alot of us are paying customers... 

  • 7 mesi fa

    AaronShaverPDX

    I would appreciate a better explanation than "speculated that the issue was the patch required by the recent Heartbleed security bug". That doesn't hold water; any sufficiently large site does maintenance during off-peak hours, not during a live event with a thousand veiwers!

  • 7 mesi fa

    qixel

    The NSA denies any part in Heartbleed.  I think we can trust them.

  • 7 mesi fa

    sisu

    What's the date for the rematch??

  • 7 mesi fa

    matrix_algebra1

    server is down again as i speak.

  • 7 mesi fa

    yogiOK

    Crazy me, can we call it something other than a "Death Match?"

  • 7 mesi fa

    melvinbluestone

    Well, in fairness, the three games were very good, and very exciting to watch. But, is it my imagination, or are the technical problems in these live matches increasing? I remember watching the first few Death Matches without any problems. Now there's screen freezes, disconnects, and yesterday the whole thing died. Is this technology going backwards or what??

  • 7 mesi fa

    matrix_algebra1

    not good enough

  • 7 mesi fa

    xbg

    The swashbuckling tactics of the two players broke the computers......cool

  • 7 mesi fa

    tonightatsix

    It's awesome of  Mr. Ju & Mr. Esserman to agree to postpone the match :)  The first three games were great!    

  • 7 mesi fa

    Parsi42

    Giorgi Kacheishvili verse Alex onishuck would be great.

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