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 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: $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:
  • 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

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

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

  • (4) Alireza Firouzja vs. (13) 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 Sponsored by ChessKid 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 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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