7 Reasons You Should Play in the Crazyhouse Championship

7 Reasons You Should Play in the Crazyhouse Championship

Dec 6, 2016, 12:55 PM |

The first ever crazyhouse championship is right around the corner and you don't want to miss out! Not only does this event boast a $2,000 prize fund to be distributed to the top 10 finishers; it's also attracting a robust field teeming with titled players and crazyhouse elite. 

So what is this crazy event all about, and why should YOU get involved?


1. Test your mettle against top GMs and IMs.


If you feel intimidated or outclassed when playing these guys over the chessboard, this is a chance to play them on more equal footing. See how you stack up against some of the strongest chess players in the world in the novel, tactical terrain of crazyhouse! Already, halfway through the preliminary events, a healthy amount of prominent and titled players have qualified: GM Georg Meier, GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Conrad Holt, and GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, to name just a few.


2. Witness the strongest bughouse and crazyhouse players in the world.

Maybe you've been following the crazyhouse scene for years, and have always wondered who would emerge the victor in an official showdown among the longtime FICS and lichess haunts, or between any two all-time greats, such as JannLee and Gnejs; or you've wondered how the bughouse elite stack up against their crazyhouse counterparts; or maybe you're new to the scene and are simply eager to see what kind of games the best players are capable of producing. Watch the hardened FICSers and ICCers, the lichess vets, and the Chess.com up-and-comers compete in one mad fray to be declared the world's best.



3. Be a part of history.


Chess.com is breaking new ground with the first-ever crazyhouse championship. This is a big stride forward in the realm of online chess, and you can be a part of it! What's more, this is the inaugural event for what Chess.com plans to build into an annual spectacle. Who knows what it could grow into in the coming years?


4. Follow the event with live coverage from IM Danny Rensch.


Hungry for more of the expert analysis, insightful insider commentary, and inane jokes that were exhibited in no less a spectacle than the highly vaunted GM Blitz Battle Championship? Danny and team have promised to return to the screen to cover this crazyhouse tournament live on Chess.com/TV. 


5. Hone your tactical intuition and refresh your creative impulse.


Crazyhouse is a richly tactical game with a pronounced emphasis on initiative, solid structure, and, most critically, creativity; as such, it's both an excellent tactics trainer and means of forcing yourself to look at the chessboard with fresh eyes. For more about this, check out the following article: "Revitalizing The Romance In Chess."


6. Join the growing scene


The crazyhouse community has really taken off in the past year, going from a relatively obscure niche on FICS and ICC to prominence on lichess and Chess.com. 

Blogs, articles, and forums are popping up, as are new engines and an opening database replete with many thousands of games. Many strong, high-profile YouTubers such as IM John Bartholomew, GM Simon Williams, IM Danny Rensch, and NM Chess Network have expressed an interest in the game and streamed it to a combined audience well into the seven figures; and even the likes of GM Eric Hansen, GM Yasser Seirawan, and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave have had crazyhouse content posted on YouTube to the tune of thousands of views.

There are even several YouTube channels (JannLee and Atrophied) dedicated exclusively to crazyhouse content. Thousands of new players are being introduced to the game, and the crazyhouse community is excited to add the talented players of Chess.com to its ranks!

7. Don't just take my word for it! 


Some of the very best in the business have committed to participate and have offered their endorsement.

Xuanet: "I've been playing crazyhouse for a long time, 7 or 8 years already and I've never seen the game as alive as it is now! I want to thank chess.com and all players involved with promoting the game!"

Pureessence: "Crazyhouse is a game that tests your creativity and imagination almost on every move, that's why i love this game and am honored to play against the best players in the world."

NM Blitzbullet: "Crazyhouse emphasizes resource management and is much more restrictive on how aggressive one can play as you only get the pieces you capture. I expect this event to have a lot of seemingly 'upsets' as a high chess rating does not necessarily correlate to a high crazyhouse rating."

Atrophied: "This tournament is exciting for two reasons: the prospect of crazyhouse growing in popularity and the chance to play chess GMs in crazyhouse."

IM Penguingim1: "I started playing crazyhouse years ago on ICC casually, but never really tried to learn theory or study the variant, so I might have to try learning some new openings for this tournament. I think it's gonna be really great to see the top crazyhouse players playing in one event, which also means my goal is only to finish top 10."

B0N0B0: "Excited to partake in what is likely the most competitive crazyhouse tournament of all time. Crazyhouse is still a very young game, with little in the way of established theory. This distinguishes it from chess and makes it particularly exciting. Bringing together top talent to advance our understanding of the game and bring it to the mainstream is something I am thrilled to be a part if. If history is any indicator, we know that anyone on a roll has the capacity to win this tournament. I will certainly do my best!"

Mastertan: "Why crazyhouse? There are no endgames, very little draws, and very little study of the game. Crazyhouse can allow the player to be as creative as they want - they can sacrifice a piece or two and still manage to make a solid comeback. I hope that the crazyhouse championship will bring more exposure and respect to the variant. It is a great way to give the game a boost and hopefully attract many new players." [Note: check out Mastertan's phenomenal "Visual Guide to Crazyhouse."]

FM Chickencrossroad: "I like how crazyhouse is so rich and tactical. It's like being in the romantic era of chess, where all you care about is going after the king."

Join the action on Saturday, December 10, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific!