Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix‎

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The Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix (SCC GP) is a weekly blitz tournament for titled players, played on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific time / 19:00 Central Europe. It is a direct path to qualify for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship.

The SCC GP is presented by Gambit, where you can in classic games like Reversi, Backgammon and Oh Ship by playing with players from around the world.

Next SCC GP:

You can find quick links to important event information below:

Results and standings

  1. The June 2 SCC GP was won by GM Vladislav Artemiev.
  2. The June 9 SCC GP was won by GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
  3. The June 16 SCC GP was won by GM Vladimir Fedoseev.
  4. The June 23 SCC GP was won by GM Dmitry Andreikin.
  5. The June 30 SCC GP was won by GM Gigoryi Oparin.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix | Standings After June 30 (Top 20)

# Fed Title Name Username Swiss Points Bonus Points Overall Points
1 GM Vladislav Kovalev @vladislavkovalev 41 6 47
2 GM Vladislav Artemiev @Sibelephant 25 16 41
3 GM Vladimir Fedoseev @Bigfish1995 25.5 14 39.5
4 GM Parham Maghsoodloo @Parhamov 34 4 38
5 GM Haik Martirosyan @Micki-taryan 25.5 10 35.5
6 GM Grigoriy Oparin @OparinGrigoriy 17.5 16 33.5
7 IM Tuan Minh Le @wonderfultime 25 4 29
8 GM Dmitry Andreikin @2Vladimirovich90 17 12 29
9 GM Alireza Firouzja @Firouzja2003 17.5 10 27.5
10 IM Hans Niemann @IMHansNiemann 24.5 2 26.5
11 GM Sergey Karjakin @SergeyKarjakin 17 8 25
12 GM Anish Giri @AnishGiri 17 4 21
13 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave @LyonBeast 9 12 21
14 GM Maxim Matlakov @Borsch7 16.5 4 20.5
15 GM Hikaru Nakamura @Hikaru 17.5 2 19.5
16 GM Vincent Keymer @VincentKeymer 16.5 2 18.5
17 GM Andrey Esipenko @Andreikka 16.5 2 18.5
18 GM Alexander Zubov @Alexander_Zubov 8.5 8 16.5
19 GM Salem AR Saleh @Arabicfalcon 8.5 8 16.5
20 GM Eltaj Safarli @Eltaj_Safarli 8.5 8 16.5

General format

Formerly known as Titled Tuesdays, the SCC GP tournaments have a $50,000 prize fund spanning 20 weeks, from June till October, 2020. As an enhancement to the existing Titled Tuesday format, the 10-round Swiss tournament are now followed by an eight-player bracket to award bonus points and cash prizes.

With $2,500 in cash prizes available every week, players will look to improve their season score, as their eight best individual performances and all bonus points will count towards the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix standings. At the end of the season, the players with the four best grand prix scores will advance to the Speed Chess Championship to be hosted later this year.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix Points
Points will accumulate throughout the 20 events.

Players that win at least one of the 20 SCC GPs but fail to finish in the top four will receive an automatic invite to a special qualification event, which will award one spot to the Speed Chess Championship this fall.

Tournament details

  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 19:00 CEST
  • 3+1 time control
  • 10-round Swiss tournament, top eight players advance to the post-tournament bracket
  • Tiebreaks: 1. Sonneborn-Berger, 2. Rating of player after the 10-round Swiss.
  • Live broadcast on Chess.com/tv

Chess.com reserves the right to shift an event's start time should it conflict with another event. Titled players will be informed via site message and social media of a time change.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix points

Post-tournament bracket:

  • Tuesdays, 10 minutes after the conclusion of the 10-round Swiss
  • Eight-player knockout bracket
  • Quarterfinals: Single 3+1 game where higher seed plays White. 1+0 sudden death bullet tiebreaks, colors will alternate in sudden death with the higher seed playing White in the first 1+0 game.
  • Semifinals and final: Two 3+1 games, 1+0 sudden death bullet tiebreaks. Higher seed picks color in the first 3+1 game and plays White in the first 1+0 game. Colors will alternate in sudden death if extra games are needed.
  • Live broadcast on Twitch.tv/chess

An example of the KO bracket format can be found below:


Tournament information and details regarding the special qualification event will be released later this summer as the end of the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix approaches.

This qualifier will see one top Grand Prix performer qualify directly into the Speed Chess Championship due to their clutch performance finishing first in one of the 20 Grand Prix events.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix format

Cash Prizes

All players must identify themselves in their Chess.com profile to win prizes. This must be done before the first round starts. See the further requirements below.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix prizes
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Leaderboard Points

Points will be awarded to the top finishers each week. All players who finish in the top 20 during each Grand Prix (including players tied for 20th place) will earn points based on their score out of 10 rounds. With each win being worth one point, and each draw being worth half a point, this means a player cannot earn more than 10 points in any given SCC GP.

The top eight players that advance to the post-tournament bracket can earn additional points on top of what they earned in the Swiss segment. Players earn two points for reaching the quarterfinals, four points for reaching the semifinals, eight points for finishing second place, and 12 points for winning the event.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix leaderboard points

Throughout the season, a player's SCC GP score is comprised of a combination of select SCC GP performances and post-tournament bracket points. Each player's eight best SCC GP performances will be added together for their Swiss grand prix score. All additional points earned during the post-tournament bracket will be added to each player's grand prix score to determine their total amount of grand prix points.

Identification Requirements and Fair Play

  • Per our standard identification rules for all cash-prize events, we require all players in any Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix events to identify themselves with their full legal name on their Chess.com profile. This must be done before registering for the event. 
  • Anonymous players cannot earn prizes in the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix or enter the post-tournament bracket.
  • Players must have access to a webcam in order to participate in the post-tournament bracket. Players that are not on the official ZOOM call are not eligible to win prizes or earn grand prix points.
  • Participants should be prepared to join a ZOOM call for proctoring at the arbiter's discretion.
  • All players are to abide by all rules and site policies found at Chess.com/agreement and cooperate fully with Chess.com's fair play detection team.

If your account is further convicted of fair-play violations, your account will be closed and you will be subject to Chess.com's private proceedings. You can find here more information on Chess.com's Fair Play and Cheat Detection methods.

The SCC GP is presented by Gambit, where you can in classic games like Reversi, Backgammon and Oh Ship by playing with players from around the world.

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