FTX Road to Miami

FTX Road to Miami begins this Sunday

Levon Aronian, Richard Rapport and Anish Giri are among the star players competing in the FTX Road to Miami, the 5th event on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The 16-player tournament starting on chess24 this Sunday, July 10th is a prelude to the 2nd Major of the Tour, the FTX Crypto Cup, which will be held in Miami, Florida, with World Champion Magnus Carlsen returning and a $210,000 prize fund plus a $100,000 Bitcoin bonus.

Champions Chess Tour: FTX Road to Miami | Day 1 | Commentary by Peter Leko & Lawrence Trent

The FIDE Candidates Tournament is barely over, but the big events just keep on coming. The 5th stage of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the FTX Road to Miami, starts at 18:00 CEST on Sunday July 10th, with Levon Aronian top seed. Here are his Day 1 pairings.

As you can see, he’s facing two established stars in Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Anish Giri, as well as Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun and 18-year-old Indian prodigy Arjun Erigaisi.

The field features three of the Candidates — Teimour Radjabov, Richard Rapport and Jan-Krzysztof Duda, while Radoslaw Wojtaszek is making his tour debut alongside young US stars Jeffery Xiong and Sam Sevian. In fact there are no less than six US players, including Leinier Dominguez, Sam Shankland and 19-year-old Hans Niemann.

Check out the full pairings for all 15 rounds of the preliminary stage of the $150,000 tournament below.