Bortnyk wins Titled Arena (Formerly World Championship)

GM Oleksandr Bortnyk won the Blitz Titled Arena on Saturday, ahead of GM neslraCsungaM77 in 2nd, and GM Andreikin in 3rd. Bortnyk has now won 4 Titled Arenas in 2022. Having won this Blitz Titled Arena, along with a Bullet event and Chess960 event, he’s now won every possible flavor of Titled Arena this year. The tournament seemed to declare final victory for the high-berserking strategy popular in previous events. 3 of the top 4 players did not play a single game with the allotted 3 minutes on their clock, and 8 of the top 10 had a berserk rate over 50%. The one holdout was Andreikin, who finished with the best performance rating of the event but did not play enough games quickly enough for enough extra berserking points. Leave your thoughts on this development below in the comments. Is 100% berserking fine or should we change the rules to prevent/discourage it?

EDITORS NOTE: We’d previously announced this event as the World Championship but reconsidered because the joke was getting a little tired. Congratulations to GM Magnus Carlsen for becoming World Champion again after a 2-week absence.

Today’s puzzle pack was created with significant assistance from the Rosen Score website.



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