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2021 Speed Chess Championship Bracket Contest

2021 Speed Chess Championship Bracket Contest

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Note: GM Richard Rapport has replaced GM Alireza Firouzja in the 2021 Speed Chess Championship Main Event. All picks in the Bracket Contest for Firouzja will now be counted as Rapport picks. We know that this is not an ideal situation and we thank you for your understanding.

It's time for another Speed Chess Championship Main Event, which means it's also time for another Speed Chess Championship Bracket Contest!

The Main Event kicks off Monday, November 8, with one of the hardest matches to predict, the contest between #8 seed GM Anish Giri and #9 seed GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda. For the contest, this year Chess.com is offering $600 in cash prizes and over a dozen diamond memberships.

Click here to enter the Speed Chess Championship Fantasy Contest Now!

Submissions are due by Sunday, November 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (8:59 Central European Time), so don't wait to make your picks! And be sure to start tuning in the very next day to see how your bracket will fare: Chess.com's opening coverage can be watched on site at Chess.com/TV or Chess.com/Events, or on YouTube and Twitch. The full schedule is available on the official event page.

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Nakamura is the #1 seed and winner of three consecutive Speed Chess Championships. Will he do it again, or do you have the right upset call in mind to win our bracket contest? Only one way to find out!

The Chess.com commentary can be followed on Chess.com/TV during each round. You can follow the games live on Chess.com/live. Find all the information about the Speed Chess Championships in our event guide.

Chess.com's Speed Chess Championship Bracket Contest

This year we are going back to basics in college basketball tournament style. Just pick your winner for each matchup in each round, predict the score of the finals, and watch the action unfold! 

Round Matches Points/Match Total Points
Round of 16 8 10 80
Quarterfinals 4 20 80
Semifinals 2 40 80
Finals 1 80 80

We know there will be some ties once all is said and done, and so here is the tiebreaker system:

  1. Your prediction of the score in the finals (for both players)
  2. If no one predicted the correct score, the winner is whoever was closest to the correct margin of victory.
  3. If that is tied, the winner is whoever was closest to the correct score for the winner.
  4. The last tiebreaker is the order your bracket was submitted, earlier is better. So get those brackets together quick, it could be the difference between first and second place!
2021 Speed Chess Championship Main Event Bracket
Here's the bracket with the first-round matchups. Fill out your form to tell us who you think will win it all!

The top finisher will take home a $250 first-place prize, while second place will earn $150, third will win $100, and one random participant will take home a $100 prize. Players finishing in fourth through tenth place will receive three free months of Chess.com diamond membership, while players finishing 11th through 20th place will win a one-month diamond membership.

Fill out the form below to enter the contest. Please note that each Chess.com member is limited to one entry, and members with multiple submissions will be disqualified.

Anyone with an active Chess.com account is eligible to win both cash prizes and premium membership prizes. Remember that submitting an incorrect email address on the form—one that does not match the one associated with your Chess.com account—risks missing out on any potential prizes earned throughout the contest.

Now's your chance to join in on the drama and fun and add to the excitement you'll enjoy from following all the action at Chess.com/TV!

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