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Players’ reactions before the start of FTX Crypto Cup 2021

FTX Crypto Chess Cup 2021 is going to start today, with the games, the players reactions, and more live on With just a few hours remaining before the FTX Crypto Cup 2021 prelims, here is what excites the social media.

Crypto and chess: Bitcoin, crypto and chess – the full story

Fabiano Caruana happy to be back

Most players are happy to return over the board (like the sisters Mariya and Anna Muzychuk video interview here). Yet Caruana is happy to be back to online chess

If you do what they want, they let you live

A curious situation on Twitter in the morning before the FTX Crypto Cup. Most of the players have posted a prompt on their Twitter profiles which looks suspiciously similar – a list of the opponents, preceded by a link to the live coverage.

Tongue in cheek comment by Anish Giri, replying to an “Anishlive?” by Vidit Gujrathi, may sum up the obligations of the players related to the FTX Crypto Cup

El Orgullo Argentino

While most chess fans will be concentrated on the first episode of Carlsen – Nepo after the Candidates, in Argentina they will be following closely Alan Pichot.

The prize fund in BTC

Part of the prize fund of the FTX Crypto Cup is set in BTC. In the past days the cryptocurrency market is crashing. BTC is suffering, and so is the prize fund of the players.

Stay tuned for more updates and reactions as they come!

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