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So You Want to Play a Death-Match?

On Sat, April 28th, the 4th Chess.com Death-Match will take place, with a prize of $1000. And you just might be one of the two players! My purpose here is just to lay out all the ground rules, so that everyone knows how they could qualify.

On April 15th, Chess.com will invite the highest-rated active blitz player and the highest-rated active bullet player to compete in the match. More precisely:

  • Ratings will be as of April 14th-15th at midnight, pacific time.
  • To qualify as "active" the player must have played at least 100 games between February 14 and April 14.
  • I will contact the selected players on April 15th, and if they decline, I will pass the invitation on to the next highest in that rating pool.
  • If I suspect a player of computer cheating or being rude, I may choose to invite the next highest-rated instead.

So if you think you're a blitz ace, get out there and play some games and boost your rating! The match-up will be announced on April 15th or 16th. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, see you Saturday for Shankland-Hess!

P.S. Computer Cheaters out there, leave us alone!! Don't bother trying to qualify for this, stop inputting moves on our site, stop harrassing our members, stop wasting the time of titled players in live chess willing to play other members, who would actually enjoy that opportunity! *You are a WASTE and you are HURTING others*

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    FM Eilyisum

    just confirming that these 100 games have to be rated and against decent opposition (not playing against people ~1000-2000 points lower than you)?  Just wondering cause of lot peoples' ratings are still inflated from the old rating system.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah, Eric, just message me their username! and then play someone else. you can do it, i'm sure you can get your rating up!!

  • 3 years ago

    Vladan88

    @erichansen

    report them, man. let's eliminate those suckers from this site!

  • 3 years ago

    GM erichansen

    decided to try a game and as usual got beat up by a cheater Yell

  • 3 years ago

    Narz

    How does one qualify & how many matches will there be?

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    The purpose of the Death-Matches is for you to be able ot watch them live, so yes. They are on chess.com/tv . Hess-Shankland is in 1 hour.

  • 3 years ago

    MisterMB

    Will we be able to see those games live?

  • 3 years ago

    yameen123

    Hi, Dpruess; I like your comments regarding the 'computer cheaters'. It shows nerve. As for the 'Death Match' I know that I don't yet qualify. I may someday. Who knows? I'm not really good at blitzes. It's not that that i'm not a quick thinker, I like to pride myself that I am. It's that the touch pad on my lap-top is most of time the unresponsive and I sometimes find myself struggling to get it to respond and make the move which takes, most often, 3 or 4 repeated attempts. That's why I play 15/10 games. Are there ever 15/10 tournaments? Smile

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    played over the internet.

  • 3 years ago

    chess_kebabs

    I can do this...

    *no one wake me please*

  • 3 years ago

    Incrense

    Must you be US members who can travel to actual place to play or the death match will take place over the internet?

  • 3 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    I want to play but I won't qualify!

  • 3 years ago

    Arizonaboy

    I have a feeling that I'm not going to qualify for this in time. Just call it a hunch

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    haha Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    RazingPhoenix18

    I'm gonna start playing so I can show the world my power. The reason why people always talk about Carlsen is because he hasn't played ME yet Tongue out

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