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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Apr 25, 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.

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/Pairings

Round 1

  • Caruana vs Aronian: Event 3 (Round 1, Match 1) — Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. PDT

caruana vs aronian speed chess

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

  • Event 3 (Round 1, Match 1) — Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. PDT
  • Event 4 (Round 1, Match 2) — Thursday, July 26 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 5 (Round 1, Match 3) — Thursday, Aug 2, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 6 (Round 1, Match 4)  — Tuesday, Aug 7, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 7 (Round 1, Match 5)  — Thursday, Aug. 30, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 8 (Round 1, Match 6) — Thursday, Sept. 6, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 9 (Round 1, Match 7) — Tuesday, Sept. 11, 12 p.m. PDT
  • Event 10 (Round 1, Match 8) — Tuesday, Sept. 18, 12 p.m. PDT

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

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.

Further information:

Look for more information coming soon to Chess.com/news.

Promotional video trailer:

Our much-anticipated promotional video trailer is coming soon. 

2017 event:

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

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