Iran’s Alireza Firouzja beats Magnus Carlsen in Banter Blitz Cup final

16-year-old Iranian refugee, Alireza Firouzja beats World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Banter Blitz Cup 2020 and to claim the $14,000 prize. Firouzja, an Iranian now living in Paris, is is the second-youngest player to reach a rating of 2700 from Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the body that governs international chess competition. He is ranked 21st in the world.

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Banter Blitz Cup Rules:

  • A knockout in which every player must stream and commentate live on their games
  • Each match is played in 3-minute games, with no increment
  • It’s best of 16 games, i.e. the first player to reach 8.5 points wins
  • If the players are tied they play a mini-match of two 3-minute games
  • If still tied they play another two-game mini-match
  • If still tied they switch to 1-minute games and play as many 2-game mini-matches as required to produce a winner

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • FIDE Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • FIDE President: Arkady Dvorkovich.
  • FIDE Founded: 20 July 1924.

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