2019 Speed Chess Championship Series | Official Information
Speed Chess Championship 2019

2019 Speed Chess Championship Series | Official Information

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This year, the chess.com Speed Chess Championships will feature a series of three innovative esports bracket tournaments featuring the world's best chess players and a guaranteed combined prize pool of $100,000.

Find out the details for the 2019 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship, the 2019 Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship and the 2019 Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship Sponsored by ChessKid.

You can find important information on each of the events below:

You can read about our previous Speed Chess Championships here:

Speed Chess Championships Schedule

  • 2019 Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championships
  • 2019 Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championships
  • 2019 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship Qualifiers
  • 2019 Chess.com Speed Chess Championships

2019 Speed Chess Championships

Speed Chess Championships 2019

Broadcast and streaming:

All 2019 Speed Chess Championship matches will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess. 

Bracket:

The bracket will be published shortly...

Matchups and pairings:

The pairings will be published shortly...

2019 Speed Chess Championship schedule:

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

Seeding

  • Bracket release — Wednesday, July 11 — Seeding 1-16 by March FIDE Blitz rating and release of bracket

Round 1: Round of 16

  • Event 5 (Round 1, Match 1)
  • Event 6 (Round 1, Match 2)
  • Event 7 (Round 1, Match 3)
  • Event 8 (Round 1, Match 4)
  • Event 9 (Round 1, Match 5)
  • Event 10 (Round 1, Match 6)
  • Event 11 (Round 1, Match 7)
  • Event 12 (Round 1, Match 8)

Round 2: Quarterfinals

  • Event 13 (Round 2, Match 1)
  • Event 14 (Round 2, Match 2)
  • Event 15 (Round 2, Match 3)
  • Event 16 (Round 2, Match 4)

Round 3: Semifinals

  • Event 15 (Round 3, Match 1)
  • Event 16 (Round 3, Match 2)

Round 4: Finals

  • Event 17 (Round 4, SCC CHAMPIONSHIP)

Event prizes: $50,000 total. 

Prizes by round:

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

Prize breakdown:

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:

  • Round one:
  • Round two:
  • Semifinals:
  • Speed Chess Championship:

Detailed format:

Qualifiers

Two spots will be determined by two qualifier events. The Women's Speed Chess Champion and the Junior Speed Chess Champion will automatically qualify for the Speed Chess Championships.

Main bracket

  • Each 2019 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, the winners of the Women's and Junior's Speed Chess Championships and 12 invited players
  • The bracket will be seeded 1-16 by March 2019 FIDE 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 2019 Speed Chess Championship main bracket:

  • Anish Giri – world number 4 at time of invitation.

  • Wesley So – 2018 Speed Chess Championship Finalist


Rules:

For the official rules of the 2019 Speed Chess Championship, please visit this article.

2019 Women's Speed Chess Championships

2019 Women's Speed Chess Championships
Chess.com hosted the inaugural Women's Speed Chess Championships in 2019

Broadcast and streaming:

All 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship matches were broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess. 

Bracket:

Matchups and pairings were based on FIDE standard ratings as of March, 2019.

2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship bracket

Round 1:

  • (1) Kateryna Lagno vs (8) Elina Danielian

Women Speed Chess Championship Lagno-Danielian resultDeciding the match in the very last bullet game, eighth seed GM Elina Danielian of Armenia kicked out top seed GM Kateryna Lagno of Russia from the Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship.

  • (2) Alexandra Kosteniuk vs (7) Anna Zatonskih

2019 Women Speed Chess Championship Kosteniuk-Zatonskih resultGM Alexandra Kosteniuk cruised to victory against IM Anna Zatonskih in Sunday's quarterfinal match of the Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship. Especially in the bullet section, Kosteniuk was just too strong.

  • (3) Valentina Gunina vs (6) Irina Krush

Women Speed Chess Championship Gunina-Krush resultGM Valentina Gunina showed her blitz skills as she crushed GM Irina Krush 24 to 5 in Monday's quarterfinal match of the Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship. The match saw the highest percentage of decisive games ever on Chess.com.

  • (4) Harika Dronavalli vs (5) Marie Sebag

Harika vs. Sebag Women's Speed Chess ChampionshipComing to the match well prepared, GM Harika Dronavalli defeated GM Marie Sebag 15.5-10.5 on Thursday and will now face Elina Danielian in the Women's Speed Chess Championship semifinals.

  • Semifinal 1: Harika Dronavalli vs Elina Danielian

Elina Danielian defeated Harika Dronavalli 15-13 in the first Women's Speed Chess Championship semifinal. 

  • Semifinal 2: Alexandra Kosteniuk vs. Valentina Gunina

Coming back from a four-point deficit hadn't been seen in the history of speed chess matches on Chess.com until Valentina Gunina defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk 16.5-14.5.

  • Final: Valentina Gunina vs. Elina Danielian

She entered the competition as a qualifier, joined the bracket as the lowest seed and ended up winning the whole thing. Elina Danielian beat Valentina Gunina 15-13 in the final of the inaugural Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship.

2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship schedule:

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

Seeding

  • Seeding 1-8 by March FIDE rating at release of bracket

Qualifiers

  • Event 1 (Round 1): May 8, 2019

Round 1: Quarterfinals

  • Lagno vs. Danielian (Round 2, Match 1): 13.0-14.0 
  • Kosteniuk vs. Zatonskih (Round 2, Match 2): 20.0-8.0
  • Gunina vs. Krush (Round 2, Match 3): 24.0-5.0
  • Dronavalli vs. Sebag (Round 2, Match 4): 15.5-10.5

Round 2: Semifinals

  • Semifinal 1 (Dronavalli vs. Danielian): 13-15
    Semifinal 2 (Gunina vs. Kosteniuk): 16.5-14.5

Round 3: Finals

  • Final (Gunina-Danielian): 13-15

Event prizes: $20,000 total. 

Prizes by round:

  • Qualifiers -- $1,000
  • Round 1 -- $8,000
  • Round 2 -- $6,000
  • Round 3 -- $6,000

Prize breakdown:

Round 1: Open Qualifier, $1,000 prize pool.

  • Winner: $750
  • Runner-up: $250

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

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

Round 3: 4 players, 2 matches, $6,000 prize pool

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

Round 4: 2 players, 1 match, $6,000 prize pool

  • Winner: $3,000 + qualification to the Speed Chess Championships
  • $3,000 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $6,000

Results:

  • Qualifiers: GM Elina Danielian
  • Quarterfinals:
  • Semifinals:
  • Women's Speed Chess Championship:

Detailed format:

Open qualifier

One spot in the 2019 WSCC will be awarded to the winner of the open qualifier on May 8th, 2019.
  • 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 female to enter.
  • Open to all who meet eligibility requirements, including those players invited to main bracket. If an invited player wins a qualifying spot, she gets the cash prize, and the qualification goes down to the next eligible finisher.

Main bracket

  • Each 2019 Women's 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 be seeded 1-8 by March FIDE ratings
  • 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 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship main bracket:

  • Kateryna Lagno – women's world number 4 at time of invitation

  • Valentina Gunina – women's world number 8 at time of invitation

  • Harika Dronavalli – women's world number 13 at time of invitation

  • Marie Sebag – women's world number 22 at time of invitation

  • Anna Zatonskih –– women's world number 43 at time of invitation

  • Elina Danielian –– winner of the 2019 WSCC open qualifier


Rules:

For the official rules of the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship, please visit this article.

2019 Junior Speed Chess Championships

2019 brings the inaugural Junior Speed Chess Championships to chess.com.

Sponsored by ChessKid

ChessKid is the official sponsor of the 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship. ChessKid is the world's number one site for kids to learn and play chess!

Broadcast and streaming:

All 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship matches will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess.

Bracket:

Matchups and pairings are based on FIDE standard ratings as of March, 2019.

Round 1:

  • (1) Wei Yi vs. (16) Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

Wei Yi Praggnanandhaa Junior Speed Chess Championship scorePraggnanandhaa Rameshbabu put up a great fight, but eventually Wei Yi was a mountain too high. The Chinese grandmaster won their Junior Speed Chess Championship match on Friday with a score of 14.5-11.5.

  • (8) Jorden Van Foreest vs. (9) Aryan Tari

2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship Van Foreest-Tari score

It came down to the wire. Jorden van Foreest led for most of the match, but his opponent Aryan Tari come back and took over the lead in the bullet before van Foreest eventually won the first Junior Speed Chess Championship match in the last bullet game.

  • (4) Alireza Firouzja vs. (13) Jose Martinez Alcantar

2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship Firouzja-Martinez scoreAlireza Firouzja was the clear favorite, and he proved it. The Iranian rising star crushed José Martinez of Peru 18-7 in their Junior Speed Chess Championship match.

  • (5) Samuel Sevian vs. (12) Nihal Sarin

Sevian-Nihal score Junior Speed ChessShowing unforeseen bullet chess prowess, Sam Sevian defeated Nihal Sarin 17-8. The next opponent for the American grandmaster in the Junior Speed Chess Championship is Alireza Firouzja of Iran.

  • (2) Parham Maghsoodloo vs. (15) Luca Moroni

In what was the most lopsided match in the round of 16, GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran was way too strong for GM Luca Moroni of Italy. The Iranian star won 20-7 in their Junior Speed Chess Championship match.

  • (7) Alexey Sarana vs. (10) Andrey Esipenko

Making the difference in the three-minute segment, Alexey Sarana defeated Andrey Esipenko 15-12. The next opponent for Sarana in the Junior Speed Chess Championship will be Parham Maghsoodloo.

  • (3) Jeffrey Xiong vs. (14) Anton Smirnov

Despite losing the five-minute portion, Jeffery Xiong defeated Anton Smirnov by a wide margin in their Junior Speed Chess Championship match. The score was 19-10 for the American GM.

  • (6) Benjamin Gledura vs. (11) Awonder Liang

He had lost the bullet segment, but then won three straight bullet games in overtime. GM Benjamin Gledura eliminated GM Awonder Liang on Tuesday in what was a thriller of a Junior Speed Chess Championship match.

2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship schedule:

The following dates are tentatively scheduled for Junior Speed Chess Championship Sponsored by ChessKid events:

Seeding

  • Seeding 1-16 by March FIDE rating at release of bracket

Round 1: Round of 16

  • Van Foreest vs. Tari: May 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. pdt
  • Firouzja vs. Martinez Alcantara: May 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. pdt
  • Wei Yi vs. Praggnanandhaa: May 31, 2019 at 9 a.m. pdt
  • Sevian vs. Sarin: June 3, 2019 at 9 a.m. pdt
  • Sarana vs. Esipenko: June 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. pdt
  • Xiong vs. Smirnov: June 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. pdt
  • Maghsoodloo vs. Moroni: June 17, 2019 at 9 a.m. pdt
  • Gledura vs. Liang: June 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. pdt

Round 2: Quarterfinals

  • Quarterfinal 1 (Firouzja vs. Sevian): July 9, 2019
  • Quarterfinal 2 (Wei Yi vs. Van Foreest): July 10, 2019
  • Quarterfinal 3 (Maghsoodloo vs. Sarana): July 11, 2019
  • Quarterfinal 4 (Xiong vs. Gledura): July 16, 2019

Round 3: Semifinals

  • Semifinal 1 (Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2): July 18, 2019
  • Semifinal 2 (Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4): July 23, 2019 

Round 4: Finals

  • JSCC Championship final: July 25, 2019

Event prizes: $20,000 total. 

Prizes by round:

  • Round 1 -- $6,400
  • Round 2 -- $4,800
  • Round 3 -- $4,800
  • Round 4 -- $4,000 

Prize breakdown:

Round 1: 16 players, 8 matches, $6,400 prize pool.

  • Winner: $400 and advance to round 2
  • $400 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $800

Round 2: 8 players, 4 matches, $4,800 prize pool.

  • Winner: $600 and advance to round 3
  • $600 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $1,200

Round 3: 4 players, 2 matches, $4,800 prize pool

  • Winner: $1,200
  • $1,200 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $2,400

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

  • Winner: $2,000 + qualification to the Speed Chess Championships
  • $2,000 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $4,000

Results:

  • Round one:
  • Round two:
  • Semifinals:
  • Junior Speed Chess Championship Sponsored by ChessKid:

Detailed format:

Main bracket

  • Each 2019 Junior 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 16 invited players
  • The bracket will be seeded 1-16 by March FIDE ratings 
  • 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 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship Sponsored by ChessKid main bracket:

  • Wei Yi – junior world number 1 at time of invitation
Wei Yi is one of the world's youngest grandmasters, and the youngest player ever to break 2700.
Maghsoodloo won the Iranian Championship in 2017, and won the 2018 World Junior Chess Championship.
Xiong is the United States' third youngest Grandmaster ever.
Firouzja is consistently one of the highest rated bullet players on chess.com.
  • Sam Sevian – junior world number 5 at time of invitation
Sam Sevian is the United States' youngest ever grandmaster.
Can the talented Hungarian grandmaster win the first Junior Speed Chess Championship?
After a successful season for the Australia Kangaroos, Sarana looks to win the JSCC.
Jorden van Foreest has won many accolades in his young chess career. He is also the Netherlands' youngest ever grandmaster.
  • Aryan Tari – junior world number 10 at time of invitation
The 2017 World Junior Champion looks to make a big splash in the JSCC.
Esipenko's most famous win came against Karjakin in the 2017 World Rapid Championship.
The Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers' PRO Chess League star is also the United States' second youngest grandmaster.
  • Nihal Sarin – junior world number 19 at time of invitation
The 2014 U10 world champion looks to make his mark on the JSCC.
Can the winner of the 2017 World Youth Champion string a few upsets together to win the inaugural JSCC?
Smirnov has represented Australia in three Olympiads, and famously took Karjakin to tiebreaks in the 2017 World Cup.
  • Luca Moroni – junior world number 25 at time of invitation
Luca Moroni is currently the second strongest player in Italy.
Pragg is the youngest member of this year's field, and is the fourth youngest player ever to reach grandmaster.

    Rules:

    For the official rules of the 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship Sponsored by ChessKid, please visit this article.

    2019 Speed Chess Championship Qualifiers

    Broadcast and streaming:

    All 2019 Speed Chess Championship Qualifiers will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess. 

    Matchups and pairings

      Qualifiers and Seeding

      • Event 1 (Junior Speed Chess Championships)
      • Event 2 (Women's Speed Chess Championships)
      • Event 3 (open qualifier 1)
      • Event 4 (open qualifier 2)

      Event prizes: $10,000 total. 

      Prize breakdown:

      2 Open qualifiers: both have $5,000 prize pools.

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

      Results:

      • Open qualifier 1:
      • Open qualifier 2:

      Detailed format:

      Qualifiers

      Two spots will be determined by two open qualifier events.

      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.

        Rules:

        For the official rules of the 2019 Speed Chess Championship, please visit this article.

        2018 Speed Chess Championships:

        You can watch last year's Speed Chess Championship match between GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Wesley So here:

        More information and results for the 2018 Speed Chess Championship can be found here. 

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