Winner Stays: All The Information

Winner Stays: All The Information

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FM Anna-Maja Kazarian defeated WFM Alessia Santeramo and collected her second crown during February's Winner Stays. Kazarian is now only one win away from ascending to the Pantheon.'s Vice President of Engineering Josh defeated his coworker Erik, stopping the CEO from earning his third-straight win and becoming a member of the Pantheon.

In the Poggers section, the one and only Naycir dominated her match against CryBabyCarly and won by an incredible 17.5-3.5 score to win her second crown. Like her fellow streamer in the master section, Naycir is only one win away from the Pantheon.

Winner Stays is a monthly series of events where content creators of different chess levels go head-to-head for their portion of the $3,000 event prize, plus a chance at an additional $3,000 if they win their match in three consecutive events and retire to the Pantheon.


Fans will be able to watch the live broadcast of the event on and our Twitch Events Channel. The next event will be hosted by fan-favorites IM Anna Rudolf and GM Benjamin Bok.


Each month will feature three matches, where players of three different strength levels will face each other.

  • The Poggers (Under 1400)
  • The Sweats (1400-2400)
  • The Masters (Over 2400)

*Rating ranges are approximate.

The winner in each category will go on to face a new opponent the following month. After three consecutive wins, players retire to The Pantheon.

Winner Stays

Each match will be played in a format loosely based on the Speed Chess Championships. Each match will last 90 minutes at the following time controls:

  • 45 minutes of 5-minute blitz
  • 30 minutes of 3-minute blitz
  • 15 minutes of 1-minute bullet

There is no increment. Tied matches go to overtime of one-minute bullet until there is a winner.

Winner Stays

Commentator Lifelines

  • Each player has one lifeline per time control in both the 5+0 and 3+0 segments
  • Any information can be shared between the player and commentator for 30 seconds
  • One minute is added to the player's clock per lifeline

Event Prizes

There is a $1,000 prize fund each week for each match, with $750 going to each winning player and $250 to the losing players. The winners also stay alive for the next month's match.

A player who wins three matches in a row wins an additional $3,000.

Winner Stays


The next event will happen on March.

February 2022

January 2022

November 2021

September 2021

August 12, 2021

July 9, 2021

June 4, 2021


Winner Stays Anna-Maja Kazarian

Winner Stays Alessia Santeramo

Winner Stays Erik CEO

Winner Stays Josh

Winner Stays Naycir

Winner Stays CryBabyCarly

The Pantheon

These are the players who won three matches in a row and joined the Pantheon:

Pantheon Winner Stays


February 2022

February 2022 Winner Stays Results

January 2022

Winner Stays Result January 2022

November 2021

Winner Stays Results November 2021

September 2021

Winner Stays September 2021 Results

August 2021

Winner Stays August 2021July 2021: Martinez, Schneider, Ludwig Victorious in Winner Stays

June 2021: Ludwig, Schneider, Mekhitarian 'Stay' In Inaugural Winner Stays Event

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