5 Reasons To Watch The Global Championship Knockouts

5 Reasons To Watch The Global Championship Knockouts

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The biggest tournament in's history is about to enter its most exciting phase yet. The Global Championship Knockouts start on September 14 at 4 a.m. PT/13:00 CET and will feature 64 of the strongest players on the planet.  

With over a million dollar prize fund, a $100k bracket contest, and the strongest field that has ever seen... Well, you won't want to miss this massive event!

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Stacked Field With World Champions, Challengers, Prodigies, And More

The CGC Knockouts features the strongest field of players in's history. With a quick glance at the bracket, you'll see both GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren—in other words, the next world champion. 

Ding and Nepomniachtchi are both playing in the CGC Knockouts. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Three former rapid world champions are also joining the field: GMs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vasyl Ivanchuk, and Viswanathan Anand. Of course, the current rapid world champion GM Nodirbek Adbusattorov is also going to be fighting for a spot in the finals.

Some of the strongest young prodigies in the world will be hungry to earn glory. GMs Arjun Erigaisi, Nihal Sarin, Raunak Sadhwani, Jeffery Xiong, Andrey Esipenko, and Kirill Shevchenko are all here to prove that the future of the game is in good hands. 

With these and other heavyweight grandmasters playing, the CGC Knockouts are going to keep everyone glued to the edge of their seats!

Amazing Moments And Clips

The Global Championship has graced us with many astounding and clippable moments so far. From unbelievable blunders to the most nerve-wracking time scrambles, this event has had it all!

With only the strongest players remaining, we know that the best clips are yet to come—and you can be there to watch them live!

Watch The Return Of The Legends

Every now and then, we get the opportunity to watch a chess player making history. Unfortunately, many chess fans have previously missed the opportunity to watch legends like GMs Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Vasyl Ivanchuk, and Alexei Shirov playing. Now is your chance to see these former world champions, challengers, and candidates grace the 64 squares once again. Global Championship Legends

The CGC field consists of five world champions: Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Ju Wenjun, and Hou Yifan. They will be joined by five world championship challengers, GMs Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand, Gata Kamsky, Fabiano Caruana, and Nepomniachtchi. Chess fans around the world won't want to miss this!

Biggest Prize Fund In History

The CGC features a $1,100,000 prize fund, the largest in history. For the Knockout phase, $440,000 are going to players' pockets. On top of that, the eight players who advance to the Finals will compete for a $500,000 prize fund, with $200,000 going to the champion.

When stakes are this high, the craziest things can happen, and you don't want to miss a second of it.

You Have A Chance At A $100,000 Prize

If $440,000 for the players competing isn't exciting enough, what about the chance for you to win $100,000? Even better: you don't even need to have a four-digit Elo to win. Play in our CGC Knockout bracket contest, and if you get a perfect bracket, we'll give you $100,000!'s CGC Bracket Contest

What will you do if you win the prize? Will you blow it all in one wild night, or are you investing it for the future? One thing's for sure: even if you choose the modest path of saving it for later, winning that much money is definitely exciting!

Who will you be rooting for in the CGC Knockouts? Are you looking forward to any potential matchups in the bracket? Let us know in the comments below!

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