2018 Speed Chess Championship Official Schedule, Players, Prizes, Information
The 2018 Speed Chess Championship

2018 Speed Chess Championship Official Schedule, Players, Prizes, Information

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Jul 17, 2018, 1:00 AM |
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The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a starting (guaranteed) prize pool of $55,000.

Check out the new 2018 Speed Chess Championship hype video to get you psyched up for the tournament.

You can find important information on the event below. 

Speed Chess Championship

Broadcast and streaming:

All 2018 Speed Chess Championship matches will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess. 

Bracket:

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speed chess championship bracket

Matchups and pairings

Round 1

  • Caruana vs Aronian: Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. PDT

caruana vs aronian speed chess

  • Nakamura vs Hou Yifan: Thursday, July 26, 5 p.m. PDT

  • Wesley So vs Wei Yi: Sunday, July 29, 5 p.m. PDT

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  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Leinier Dominguez Perez: Thursday, August 2, 12 p.m. PDT

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Leinier Dominguez Perez: Thursday, August 2, 12 p.m. PDT

  • Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk: Tuesday, August 7, 9 a.m. PDT

Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk: Tuesday, August 7, 9 a.m. PDT

  • Andriasyan vs Vidit Gujrath: Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. PDT

Andriasyan vs Vidit Gujrath: Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. PDT

  • Karjakin vs Duda: Thursday, September 6. 10 a.m. PDT

Karjakin vs Duda: Thursday, September 6. 10 a.m. PDT

  • Giri vs Mamedyarov: Friday, September 7, 10 a.m. PDT

Fantasy prediction contest:

Fill out your fantasy chess bracket and you could win valuable Chess.com membership prizes. Entries are accepted through July 23.

SmarterChess predictions:

The Chess.com SmarterChess statistical model produces the following round-by-round odds, based on past performance in Chess.com featured events. (The odds are a snapshot before round one.)

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smarterchess speed championship odds

2018 Speed Chess Championship schedule:

The following dates are tentatively scheduled for Speed Chess Championship events:

Qualifiers and Seeding

  • Event 1 (invitational qualifier) — Tuesday, June 26, 10 a.m. PDT
  • Event 2 (open qualifier) — Tuesday, July 10, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Bracket release — Wednesday, July 11 (ratings close at the end of the July 10 qualifier) — Seeding 1-16 by Chess.com blitz rating and release of bracket

Round 1

See the matchups/pairings above.

Round 2: Quarterfinals

  • Event 11 (Round 2, Match 1) — Thursday, Sept. 20, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 12 (Round 2, Match 2) — Friday, Sept. 21, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 13 (Round 2, Match 3 — Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 14 (Round 2, Match 4) — Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 p.m. PDT

Round 3: Semi-Finals

  • Event 15 (Round 3, Match 1) — Friday, Nov. 30, 12 p.m. PST
  • Event 16 (Round 3, Match 2) — Saturday, Dec. 1, 12 p.m. PST

Round 4: Finals

  • Event 17 (Round 4, SCC CHAMPIONSHIP) — Sunday, Dec. 2, 12 p.m. PST

Event prizes: $55,000 total. 

Prizes by round:

  • Qualifiers -- $5,000
  • Round 1 -- $16,000
  • Round 2 -- $12,000
  • Round 3 -- $12,000
  • Round 4 -- $10,000

Prize breakdown:

Invitational qualifier: $1,500 prize pool.

1. Qualify for SCC + $500
2. $400
3-4. $250 each
Best game prize: $100

Open qualifier: $3,500 prize pool.

1. Qualify for SCC + $1,000
2. $1,000
3. $500
4. $400
5. $300
6. $200
7. $100

Round 1: 16 players, 8 matches, $16,000 prize pool.

  • Winner: $1,000 and advance to round 2
  • $1,000 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $2,000

Round 2: 8 players, 4 matches, $12,000 prize pool.

  • Winner: $1,500 and advance to round 3
  • $1,500 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $3,000

Round 3: 4 players, 2 matches, $12,000 prize pool

  • Winner: $3,000
  • $3,000 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $6,000

Round 4: 2 players, 1 match, $10,000 prize pool

  • Winner: $5,000
  • $5,000 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $10,000

Results:

  • Invitational knockout qualifier: 

Leinier Dominguez qualifies for the main bracket. Read the full news report here.

Leinier Dominguez Perez

  • Open qualifier:

Zaven Andriasyan qualifies for the main bracket. Read the full news report here.

Zaven Andriasyan

Detailed format:

Qualifiers

Two spots will be determined by two qualifier events.

Invitational qualifier

  • Four-player invitational knockout tournament. Three matches to determine the SCC qualifier.
  • The four invited players are Georg Meier, Eric Hansen, Leinier Dominguez, and Jon Ludvig Hammer.
  • The players will be seeded 1-4 on June 26 by their Chess.com blitz rating. Seed 1 will play seed 4, and seed 2 will play seed 3. The winners will play each other for the Speed Chess qualification.
  • Each knockout match will be five games of 5/1, five games of 3/1 and 10 games of 1/1. The highest score moves on to the next round and the loser is eliminated.
  • If the match is tied at the end of the 1/1 segment, the match will continue as sudden death until the first winning game.

speed chess championship knockout qualifier

Open qualifier

  • Swiss tournament: 10 rounds, 3+1 blitz.
  • Standard Chess.com tournament tiebreaks used only for the qualifier spot. No tiebreaks used for cash prizes; cash prizes split equally by point total.
  • Must be titled and rated 2500 or more in Chess.com blitz to enter.
  • Open to all who meet eligibility requirements, including those players invited to main bracket. If an invited player wins a qualifying spot, he gets the cash prize, and the qualification goes down to the next eligible finisher.

Main bracket

  • Each 2018 Speed Chess Championship match will feature 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet chess.
  • The bracket will feature the winners of the two qualifying spots and 14 invited players
  • The bracket will be seeded 1-16 by Chess.com blitz ratings at the conclusion of the open qualifier.
  • The main bracket will be a single-elimination knockout.
  • The winner of each match advances to the next line in the bracket.
  • If match is tied after the last 1+1 bullet game, a tiebreak of 4 additional 1+1 games is played as a mini-match.
  • If match is still tied after the mini-match tiebreaker, a single armageddon game will be played: White 5+0, Black 3+0, Black gets draw odds. The player with the highest Chess.com blitz rating at the start of the Armageddon chooses his color.

List of players:

The following chess players have confirmed their participation in the 2018 Speed Chess Championship main bracket:

Fabiano Caruana

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Hikaru Nakamura

  • Wesley So — world number 8 at time of invitation.

Wesley So

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Levon Aronian

  • Wei Yi — world number 22 at time of invitation.

Wei Yi

  • Anish Giri — world number 9 at time of invitation.

Anish Giri

Alexander Grischuk

sergey karjakin

  • Hou Yifan — women's world number 1 at time of invitation.

Hou Yifan

Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Vidit Gujrathi

Leinier Dominguez Perez — world number 21 at time of qualification.

Leinier Dominguez Perez

  • Zaven Andriasyan — world number 259 at time of qualification.

Zaven Andriasyan

Rules:

For the official rules of the 2018 Speed Chess Championship, please visit this article.

Promotional video trailer:

2017 event:

Information and results for the 2017 Speed Chess Championship can be found here. 

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