ICC News Item #1540
The 5-minute prize event (see news 1533) in celebration of the new 5-minute rating on chessclub.com ended at noon on September 3rd. The competition went down to the wire, with most of the top contenders logged on for the last few hours before the deadline of 3 pm. Both GodGusti(IM) and Kastor(IM) were within one win of reaching the top position at one point, but JRLOK(GM) managed to hold on to the top rating, winning the first prize. Godgusti(IM) had the second highest rating, winning the second prize. Prizes: JRLOK (GM Roman Dzindzichashvili) - $200 GodGusti (IM Jan Gustafsson) - $100 When asked about the keys to his success, JRLOK (who also holds the ICC record for highest ever human blitz rating) replied: "I analyze my games, not as far as what move is right or wrong, but the way to conduct various blitz games. Others, when they play chess they try to find the best move. The best move is not the most important thing. It is more important to expect the opponent's response." Winning prizes for the highest 5-minute rating for a paid account and earning membership extensions were: Eraser1 - 2 year membership extension Esquivelzevich - 1 year membership extension Thanks to all the participants who made this a successful event, and stay tuned for the next ICC prize event!