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

2019 Speed Chess Championship Series | Official Information

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Mar 8, 2019, 12:00 PM |
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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

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 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:

    Maxime Vachier Lagrave

    Ian Nepomniachtchi

    Hikaru Nakamura

      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 will host the inaugural Women's Speed Chess Championships in 2019

      Broadcast and streaming:

      All 2019 Women's 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) Kateryna Lagno vs (8) Qualifier Winner (TBD)
      • (2) Alexandra Kosteniuk vs (7) Anna Zatonskih
      • (3) Valentina Gunina vs (6) Irina Krush
      • (4) Harika Dronavalli vs (5) Marie Sebag

      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 8th, 2019

      Round 1: Quarterfinals

      • Event 2 (Round 2, Match 1)
      • Event 3 (Round 2, Match 2)
      • Event 4 (Round 2, Match 3)
      • Event 5 (Round 2, Match 4)

      Round 2: Semifinals

      • Event 6 (Round 3, Match 1)
      • Event 7 (Round 3, Match 2)

      Round 3: Finals

      • Event 8 (Round 4, WSCC CHAMPIONSHIP)

      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:

      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:
      • Quarterfinals:
      • Semifinals:
      • Women's Speed Chess Championship:

      Detailed format:

      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 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:

      Alexandra Kosteniuk

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

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

      • Irina Krush – women's world number 30 at time of invitation
      Irina Krush

      Rules:

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

      2019 Junior Speed Chess Championships

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

      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
      • (8) Jorden Van Foreest vs. (9) Aryan Tari
      • (4) Alireza Firouzja vs. (5) Jose Martinez Alcantar
      • (5) Samuel Sevian vs. (12) Nihal Sarin
      • (2) Parham Maghsoodloo vs. (15) Luca Moroni
      • (7) Alexey Sarana vs. (10) Andrey Esipenko
      • (3) Jeffrey Xiong vs. (14) Anton Smirnov
      • (6) Benjamin Gledura vs. (11) Awonder Liang

      2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship schedule:

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

      Seeding

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

      Round 1: Round of 16

      • Event 1 (Round 1, Match 1)
      • Event 2 (Round 1, Match 2)
      • Event 3 (Round 1, Match 3)
      • Event 4 (Round 1, Match 4)
      • Event 5 (Round 1, Match 5)
      • Event 6 (Round 1, Match 6)
      • Event 7 (Round 1, Match 7)
      • Event 8 (Round 1, Match 8)

      Round 2: Quarterfinals

      • Event 9 (Round 2, Match 1)
      • Event 10 (Round 2, Match 2)
      • Event 11 (Round 2, Match 3)
      • Event 12 (Round 2, Match 4)

      Round 3: Semifinals

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

      Round 4: Finals

      • Event 15 (Round 4, JSCC CHAMPIONSHIP)

      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:

      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 main bracket:

      Parham Maghsoodloo

      Jeffrey Xiong

      Alireza Firouzja

      • Sam Sevian – junior world number 5 at time of invitation.
      Sam Sevian

      • Aryan Tari – junior world number 10 at time of invitation
      Aryan Tari

        Rules:

        For the official rules of the 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship, 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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