New Speed Chess Championship To Feature 16 Top Players
The 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will seed 16 players into an elimination bracket for Chess.com's biggest annual tournament, with the first round of matches starting in May 2017.
A total of 15 top-flight matches will be played over the course of five months, with the winner besting a stacked field of super grandmasters through four grueling rounds to be crowned the speed chess champion and take home a large share of the $50,000 prize fund.
@AntonSquaredMe) October 27, 2016
The prizes will be awarded as follows:
- Round 1 (16 players, 8 matches): $16,000. $1,000 to the winner of each match. $1,000 split between match winner and loser by total win percentage.
- Round 2 (8 players, 4 matches): $12,000. $1,500 to the winner of each match. $1,500 split between match winner and loser by total win percentage.
- Semi-Finals, Round 3 (4 players, 2 matches): $12,000. $3,000 to winner of each match. $3,000 split between match winner and loser by total win percentage.
- Finals, Round 4 (2 players, 1 match): $10,000. $5,000 to the winner, the title of speed chess champion and a trophy with name engraved. $5,000 split between match winner and loser by total win percentage.
The final four "Qualified" seeds will be the winners of the four Titled Tuesday qualifiers in April.
The Speed Chess Championship will run April-December, with the full schedule to be released at a later date on Chess.com/News.
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