2nd Annual Death Match Qualifier!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 3/3/13, 8:08 PM.

It's here! The 2nd Annual Death Match Qualifier will take place from April 1st-May 1st, and will determine the participants for the 15th Chess.com Death Match - to be held on Sunday, June 9th!

As of May 1st, the highest-rated active blitz player and the highest-rated active bullet player on Chess.com will be invited to participate in June's Death Match. Should either player decline, the invitation will be extended to the next highest rated player in that category (blitz/bullet), until the match-up is set.

Here are the requirements for eligibility:

  • Qualifiers must play a minimum of 100 rated blitz (or 100 bullet) games played between April 1st - May 1st in order to be considered active;
  • Qualifiers cannot have previously competed in a Death Match;
  • Qualifiers must be available to play the Death Match on June 9th;

You may remember our first qualifier? 


That led to the great matchup between IM Conrad Holt and IM Eric Hansen! Click here for the news recap of that exciting match.

Cheaters beware! As usual, Chess.com will run extensive cheat detection and anyone who uses computer assistance of any kind will be permanently banned from the site. 

We hope to see a fierce competition, and don't forget to check out the 12th Chess.com Death Match between GM Ipatov and GM Arnold on March 30th!

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  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Look for the official announcement coming soon, but I have just confirmed the participation of GM Fabiano Caruana - World #8 - to compete against GM Valeriy Aveksulov (LuckyTiger on Chess.com) in June's Death Match!!!


  • 4 years ago


    i m playing since last few months . mostly standard ( 30 mnts ). any such death games for standard games ?

  • 4 years ago


    when tab play button the screen gets hanged with cube still rotating so how to play 100 games?

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Everyone, please observe the date change to Sunday the 9th. Just a small change and anyone who had the weekend open for the 8th I am sure can play on the 9th!


    Good luck!


  • 4 years ago


    very interesting games specialy for the new player who want to became a chess master

  • 4 years ago


    i wish i qualified as players

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    what counts as higher rated? + 1500?

  • 4 years ago


    Aneron... I think if they deliberately set an engine to play badly then that may kind of defeat their own purpose anyway..........

  • 4 years ago

    IM Kacparov

    I would try it, but I still wouldn't be able to play in the death match (parents...) :)

  • 4 years ago



    "Qualifiers cannot have previously competed in a Death Match"

  • 4 years ago


    What happens if the exact same two both qualify again?

  • 4 years ago


    April will be an awesome time to be watching Top Game in Live Chess. The fur will be flying and the bones they will be a breakin'.

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    How can u detect cheat if someone will adjust engine features like book off, tablebases off, ply less, think per move less etc and most importantly, lessen engine strength for not to be noticed and acts like human. Someone  can even use engine that is not popular and not that strong for the purpose of being unnoticable.

  • 4 years ago


    Must... resist... the urge.
    Must... be... relevant, helpful & nice. 

  • 4 years ago




    um.... ok rogerherrera

  • 4 years ago


    My boner is huge! I can't wait !!

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