Andrew Tang Wins Knockout, Qualifies for Junior Speed Chess Championship

Andrew Tang Wins Knockout, Qualifies for Junior Speed Chess Championship

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The Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship, presented by ChessKid, kicks off today with the Knockout Qualifier. Eight players will be fighting for the last available spot in the championship.

The 2020 edition of the Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship, presented by ChessKid, begins this week. The tournament includes eight of the world's top-10 junior players and has a prize fund of $25,000.

The Knockout Qualifier will start on September 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time / 18:00 Central Europe with the following eight invited players: Andrew Tang (USA), Kirill Shevchenko (Ukraine), Nikolas Theodorou (Greece), Bogdan-Daniel Deac (Romania), Thai Dai Van Nguyen (Czech Republic), Luca Moroni (Italy), Carlos Albornoz (Cuba), and Jonas Bjerre (Denmark). 

The winner earns $1,000 and is seeded directly into the championship event. Two days later, that qualifier will be put to the test straight away in the first match of the JSCC on Sept. 11, as the opponent of the top seed.

Below is the list of participants by seed number, determined by the players' blended blitz and bullet ratings with their bullet ratings counting half: 

Junior Speed Chess Championship | Seeded players

# Fed Name Username Age Bullet Blitz Blended
1 Nihal Sarin @nihalsarin 16 3201 3033 2316.75
2 Arjun Erigaisi @GHANDEEVAM2003 17 2910 3057 2256.00
3 Sam Sevian @Konavets 19 2890 3065 2255.00
4 Haik Martirosyan @Micki-taryan 19 2930 3019 2242.00
5 Parham Maghsoodloo @Parhamov 20 2913 3005 2230.75
6 Alexey Sarana @mishanick 20 2885 3001 2221.75
7 Jeffery Xiong @jefferyx 19 2938 2911 2190.00
8 Anton Smirnov @AntonSmirnov 19 2803 2971 2186.25
9 Raunak Sadhwani @RaunakSadhwani2005 14 3003 2818 2159.75
10 Nodirbek Abdusattorov @ChessWarrior7197 15 2727 2936 2149.75
11 Andrey Esipenko @Andreikka 18 2942 2823 2147.00
12 Praggnanandhaa R. @rpragchess 15 2760 2852 2116.00
13 Vincent Keymer @VincentKeymer 15 2757 2815 2096.75
14 Amin Tabatabaei @amintabatabaei 19 2658 2852 2090.50
15 Gukesh D. @GukeshDommaraju 14 2592 2851 2073.50
16 Andrew Tang @penguingm1 20 3020 2962 2236.00

The round of 16 will have the following matches:

  • Match 1: Nihal Sarin vs Andrew Tang
    Sept. 11, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 2: Arjun Erigaisi vs. Gukesh D.
    Sept. 12, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 3: Sam Sevian vs. Amin Tabatabaei
    Sept. 13, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 4: Haik Martirosyan vs. Vincent Keymer
    Sept. 14, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 5: Parham Maghsoodloo vs. Praggnanandhaa R.
    Sept. 19, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 6: Alexey Sarana vs. Andrey Esipenko
    Sept. 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 7: Jeffery Xiong vs. Nodirbek Abdusattorov
    Sept. 21, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST
  • Match 8: Anton Smirnov vs. Raunak Sadhwani
    Sept. 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 CEST

The knockout tournament on Sept. 9 will see two 5+1 blitz games, four 3+1 blitz games, and eight 1+1 bullet games in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The final will consist of three 5+1 games, five 3+1 games, and 10 1+1 games.

All matches of the actual Junior SCC will see the traditional 90 minutes of 5+11 blitz, 60 minutes of 3+1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1+1 bullet chess.

All 2020 Junior SCC matches will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/Chess.

After the very successful first edition last year, won by GM Wei Yi (no longer a junior), Chess.com presents the second edition, starting this week. Again, 16 of the strongest upcoming stars of the chess world will fight for a $25,000 prize fund and a much-coveted spot in the main Chess.com Speed Chess Championship (SCC). More details about that tournament will be announced soon.

ChessKid is the official sponsor of the 2020 Junior SCC. ChessKid is the world's number-one site for kids to learn and play chess.

More info about the 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship can be found here.

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