How To Watch Giri vs Aronian Speed Chess Today
Can Anish Giri defend his high seeding against a tough, veteran opponent in Levon Aronian?

How To Watch Giri vs Aronian Speed Chess Today

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The next match of the Speed Chess Championship quarterfinals is today as Anish Giri (@anishgiri) faces Levon Aronian (@levonaronian). The match winner will play the winner of Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Giri is the higher seed, but is he the favorite to win the match? Find out what our statistical predictions think. 

Watch the match live today, .

The following viewing options will be available:

  • the official broadcast with IM Daniel Rensch and GM Eric Hansenwatch here to see the Twitch chat.
  • watch here to see the chat.

giri vs aronian speed chess

The match is the 10th of 15 action-packed events in the main Speed Chess Championship bracket.

speed chess championship bracket

The match format:

  • 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz.
  • 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz.
  • 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet.
  • 3-minute breaks between segments.
  • If a game begins before the end of the segment timer, that game counts fully and will be played to completion. 
  • Higher seed starts with White, and colors alternate thereafter.
  • Highest cumulative point total wins. If points are tied after the bullet segment, a four-game 1/1 tiebreaker match will be played.
  • If the match is still tied after the additional four 1/1 games, a single armageddon game will be played: White 5+0, Black 3+0, Black gets draw odds. The player with the highest blitz rating at the start of the Armageddon chooses his color.
  • Full match rules are available here.

The match prizes:

  • Winner: $1,500 and advances to round three of the SCC.
  • An additional $1,500 split by win percentage.
  • Additional prize funds donated by the Twitch community during the live show will be split evenly between the two players. 

scc prizes

Who's the favorite to win? 

The SmarterChess predictions deem Aronian a solid favorite despite his 12th seed in the bracket. The Armenian chess legend has a 62 percent chance to advance. 

The two blitz segments are expected to be equal before Aronian pulls away in the bullet portion, according to the model. 

The SmarterChess statistical model bases its predictions on prior performance by the players in selected events. 

smarterchess predictions

Next up for the Speed Chess Championship is Wesley So vs Vidit Gujrathi on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Check back at for results and the full schedule. 

so vs vidit speed chess

You can find all the information on the 2018 Speed Chess Championship here, including rules, format, players, and complete schedule. 

Let us know your match predictions in the comments or on Facebook

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