2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship

2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship‎

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The 2020 Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championships sponsored by ChessKid is a 16-player knockout tournament among the top junior players in the world. In this second edition, there's a total prize fund of $25,000 on the line.

Bracket

Matchups and pairings are based on the blended average of the players' blitz and bullet ratings on Chess.com per September 6, 2020.

Schedule

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

Knockout

Round 1: Round of 16

Round 2: Quarterfinals

  • Haik Martirosyan vs. Parham Maghsoodloo September 28, 2020, won by Martirosyan.
  • Arjun Erigaisi vs. Jeffery Xiong September 30, 2020, at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Nihal Sarin vs. Anton Smirnov October 1, 2020, at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Sam Sevian vs. Alexey Sarana October 2, 2020, at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST

Round 3: Semifinals

  • Semifinal 1: TBD
  • Semifinal 2: TBD

Round 4: Finals

  • JSCC Championship final: TBD

Prizes

Event prizes: $25,000 total. 

Prizes by round:

  • Qualifier -- $2,500
  • Round 1 -- $8,000
  • Round 2 -- $6,000
  • Round 3 -- $6,000
  • Round 4 -- $5,000

Prize breakdown:

Qualifier:

  1. $1,000 + qualification to JSCC
  2. $500
  3. $300
  4. $300
  5. $100
  6. $100
  7. $100
  8. $100

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

  • Winner: $500 and advance to round 2
  • $500 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $1,000

Round 2: 8 players, 4 matches, $6,000 prize pool

  • Winner: $750 and advance to round 3
  • $750 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $1,500

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, $5,000 prize pool

  • Winner final: $2,500 + qualification to the Speed Chess Championships
  • $2,500 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $5,000

Detailed format

Knockout qualifier

  • Quaterfinals and semifinals: 2 games of 5+1, 4 games of 3+1, 8 games of 1+1.
  • Final: 3 games of 5+1, 5 games of 3+1, 10 games of 1+1.
  • If the match is tied after the last 1+1 bullet game, a tiebreak of four additional 1+1 games is played as a mini-match.
  • If the 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 their color.
  • The winner qualifies for the main bracket of the Junior Speed Chess Championship.
  • Prize fund for the knockout: $2,500

Main bracket

  • Each 2020 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 15 invited players and 1 player from the knockout qualifier.
  • The bracket will be seeded 1-16 by the blended average of the players' blitz and bullet ratings on Chess.com per September 6, 2020.
  • The main bracket will be a single-elimination knockout.
  • The winner of each match advances to the next line in the bracket.
  • If the match is tied after the last 1+1 bullet game, a tiebreak of four additional 1+1 games is played as a mini-match.
  • If the 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 their color.

List of players

The following chess players have confirmed their participation in the 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship Sponsored by ChessKid main bracket:

  • GM Jeffery Xiong, world number-two Junior player

    Jeffery Xiong
  • GM Andrey Esipenko, world number-three Junior player

    Andrey Esipenko
  • GM Parham Maghsoodloo, world number-four Junior player

    Parham Maghsoodloo
  • GM Sam Sevian, world number-five Junior player

    Sam Sevian
  • GM Alexey Sarana, world number-six Junior player

    Aleksey Sarana
  • GM Amin Tabatabaei, world number-seven Junior player

    Amin Tabatabaei
  • GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov, world number-eight Junior player

    Nodirbek Abdusattorov Speed Chess
  • GM Haik Martirosyan, world number-10 Junior player



  • GM Nihal Sarin, world number-11 Junior player

    Nihal Sarin
  • GM Praggnanandhaa R., world number-12 Junior player

    Praggnanandhaa R
  • GM Anton Smirnov, world number-13 Junior player

    Anton Smirnov Speed Chess
  • GM Gukesh D., world number-25 Junior player

    Gukesh D chess
  • GM Vincent Keymer,, world number-24 Junior player

    Vincent Keymer
  • GM Arjun Erigaisi, world number-26 Junior player

    Arjun Erigaisi Speed Chess
  • GM Raunak Sadhwani, world number-32 Junior player

    Raunak Sadhwani Speed Chess
  • Qualifier
    Andrew Tang Junior Speed Chess

Sponsor

ChessKid is the official sponsor of the 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship. ChessKid is the world's number one site for kids to learn and play chess!

Broadcast and streaming

All 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship matches will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess.

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