How To Watch Grischuk vs Duda Speed Chess Today
Can the young Duda shock the legendary Grischuk?

How To Watch Grischuk vs Duda Speed Chess Today

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Round two of the Speed Chess Championship starts today as Alexander Grischuk (@grischuk) does battle with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (@polish_fighter3000). After breaking the brackets by defeating Sergey Karjakin in round one, can the young and talented Duda pull off another upset against a Russian chess legend?

Grischuk is one of the most experienced blitz players in history, but Duda is rising quickly. You'd be surprised how close a match-up our statistical predictions think it will be. 

Watch the match live today, .

The following viewing options will be available:

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

grischuk vs duda speed chess

The match is the ninth 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 make Grischuk the favorite, but a smaller favorite than many would have thought. Grischuk has a 60 percent chance to win the match, with Duda pulling off the upset two times out of five. The SmarterChess statistical model bases its predictions on prior performance by the players in selected events. Apparently, the model gave Duda a big upgrade after his round-one victory over Karjakin. 

smarterchess predictions

Next up for the Speed Chess Championship is Anish Giri vs Levon Aronian on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Check back at for results and the full schedule. 

giri vs aronian 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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