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2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship: All The Information

2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship: All The Information

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The 2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship presented by ChessKid was an online competition for top junior chess players. The event ran from June 7 through October 19 and featured a total prize fund of $35,000 for the competition.

For the second straight year, GM Nihal Sarin won the Junior Speed Chess Championship, defeating GM Raunak Sadhwani in the final. As a result Nihal will participate in the 2021 Speed Chess Championship Main Event beginning in November.


Broadcast

All matches of the 2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship were broadcast live on Chess.com/TV and our Twitch channel, with expert commentary by GMs Robert Hess, Daniel Naroditsky, Aman Hambleton, FM Mike Klein, and other guests. Fans can also keep up with the event by going to our Events page.

2021 JSCC Broadcast

Players

Below you can see a list of the confirmed players so far:

Europe Qualifier

Asia Qualifier

Americas Qualifier

Global Qualifier

Main Event

Bracket

2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship

Schedule

The qualifiers for the event ran from June 7 through June 21, while the main event ran from July 1 to October 19, as detailed below:

Qualifiers

  • Monday, June 7 - Europe Qualifier: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific/19:00 to 00:00 (June 8) Central Europe
  • Monday, June 14 - Asia Qualifier: 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific/14:00 to 19:00 Central Europe
  • Monday, June 21- Global and Americas Qualifiers: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific/17:00 to 03:00 (June 22) Central Europe

2021 JSCC Qualifier Schedule

2021 JSCC Schedule Main Event

Prizes

The event had a total prize fund of $35,000, distributed as follows:

Qualifiers: $10,000 prize pool

  • 1st: $1,000 (and qualification for the main event)
  • 2nd: $500
  • 3rd-4th: $300
  • 5th-8th: $100

2021 JSCC Qualifier Prizes

Main Event: $25,000 prize pool

In each match of the main event, half the corresponding prize pool for each round will go to the winner, while the other half will be divided between the two players based on their winning percentages in that round.

  • Round 1: $1,000 per match, totaling $8,000
  • Round 2: $1,500 per match, totaling $6,000
  • Round 3: $3,000 per match, totaling $6,000
  • Round 4: $5,000 for the match. The winner also qualifies for the 2021 Speed Chess Championship.

2021 JSCC Prizes

Format

Qualifier

  • Knockout bracket consisting of eight players.
  • Each match will feature 14 games, two of which in the 5|1 time control, four in the 3|1, and eight in the 1|1.
  • In the event of a tie after the first 14 games of the quarterfinals and semifinals, players will keep playing 1|1 games until a decisive result occurs. The colors will alternate from the last game played.
  • In the event of a tie after the first 14 games of the finals, players will compete in a tiebreak of four additional 1|1 games played as a mini-match.
  • If the final match is still tied after the tiebreak above, players will proceed to play one armageddon game: White will have 5 minutes on the clock and Black will have 4, with no increment, and Black will have draw odds. The player with the highest Chess.com blitz rating will choose their color.

2021 JSCC Qualifiers Format

Main Event

  • Knockout bracket consisting of 16 players, with 12 invited players and four others from each knockout qualifier.
  • Matches will consist of three different segments: 90 minutes in the 5|1 time control, 60 minutes in the 3|1 time control, and 30 minutes in the 1|1 time control.
  • In the event of a tie, players will compete in a tiebreak of four additional 1|1 games played as a mini-match.
  • If the final match is still tied after the tiebreak above, players will proceed to play one armageddon game: White will have 5 minutes on the clock and Black will have 4, with no increment, and Black will have draw odds. The player with the highest Chess.com blitz rating will choose their color.

2021 JSCC Main Event Format

2021 JSCC Tiebreak Format

Qualifier Results

Monday, June 7: GM Vincent Keymer wins Europe Qualifier

GM Vincent Keymer won the European qualifier after defeating IM Denis Lazavik.

All Games: Keymer-Lazavik

Full broadcast of the Europe Qualifier.

Monday, June 14: GM Arjun Erigaisi wins Asia Qualifier

GM Arjun Erigaisi was the second player to qualify to the main event of the 2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship after defeating GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov.

All Games: Erigaisi-Vokhidov

Full broadcast of the Asia Qualifier.

Monday, June 21: GM Raunak Sadhwani wins Global Qualifier, GM Hans Niemann wins Americas Qualifier

GM Raunak Sadhwani won the Global Qualifier and moved on to the main event of the 2021 Junior Speed Chess Championship after defeating GM Paulius Pultinevicius.

All Games: Sadhwani-Pultinevicius

GM Hans Niemann qualified for the main event after winning his match against IM Christopher Yoo in the final match of the Americas Qualifier.

All Games: Niemann-Yoo

Full broadcast of Global and Americas qualifiers.

Fair Play

  • Standard Chess.com Fair Play rules apply.
  • Participants who play in the event must set up two cameras and share their screen with Chess.com for Fair Play enforcement.
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