Chess.com Puzzle Week 2021: All The Information

Chess.com Puzzle Week 2021: All The Information

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The Chess.com Puzzle Week will begin January 4, and $23,000 will have been distributed by its end on January 8. However, each day will be its own event, and viewers will be able to see beloved streamers such as IM Eric "Oh no my queen!" Rosen and GM Daniel Naroditsky put their tactical abilities to the test.

Also, IM Danny Rensch and GM Maurice Ashley will be hosting the event and providing commentary throughout. 

Puzzle Rush took the world of chess by storm, gaining immense popularity amongst super-GMs and beginners alike. The game is so ingrained in chess culture now that the phrase "Puzzle Rush moment" is commonly used to describe tactical sequences in games. 

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The saying goes "Chess is 99 percent tactics," and there is merit to it; so Puzzle Week is a great opportunity for everyone to pursue their goals of improving in chess.

Below are quick links to event details:

Format:

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Puzzle Week 2021 Format

Day 1 (January 4): Invited streamers will play 5-minute Puzzle Rush games, and the highest performers in each hour will be eligible for prizes.

Day 2 (January 5): Invited streamers will compete in pairs and play Survival Mode Puzzle Rush, with prizes being distributed on a rolling basis. Super-GMs such as GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura will be competing in this event, along with celebrity streamers such as IM Levy Rozman and WGM Qiyu Zhou.

Teams: 

Day 3 (January 6): 16 invited streamers will play Puzzle Battle in a single-elimination bracket,  where each match will consist of three rounds. The winner of each round will be given points equal to the score difference they won by, with 10 being the point-cap for each round. The player with the most points after three rounds will win the match.

Day 4 (January 7): Similar to Day 1, invited streamers will play three hours of Puzzle Rush, with prizes being available each hour. However, on this day players will compete in 3-minute Puzzle Rush games.

Day 5 (January 8): This day will feature the Puzzle Battle Championship, where invited participants will compete for the $8,000 prize, keeping in mind it is a winner-takes-all format. The eight participants will play a single-elimination tournament, and the initial matches will consist of five Puzzle Battle rounds. In the finals, though, the two remaining contestants will play 10 rounds of Puzzle Battle to determine the winner.

Tiebreakers: Should any match end in a tie, the players will play another round of Puzzle Battle, and the winner of this will also claim the match.

Schedule:

The events will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time, or 19:00 Central European time, on January 4-8.

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Puzzle Week 2021 Schedule

Prizes:

Day 1, 2, and 4 will each have a prize pool of $4,000, and $3,000 will be up for grabs on Day 3. For these days there will be a multitude of awards throughout the day. In Day 5, the final day, $8,000 will go to the winner of the Puzzle Battle Championship.

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Puzzle Week 2021 Prizes

Results:

Below are the current results for each day.

Day 1:

Rank Player Name Chess.com Username Hour 1 Hour 2 Hour 3
1 Hikaru Nakamura (TSM) gmhikaruontwitch 55 53 54
2 Alireza Firouzja Firouzja2003 54 55 54
3 Daniel Naroditsky DanielNaroditsky 54 53 0
4 Andrew Tang penguingm1 53 49 0
5 Aman Hambleton KNVB 46 45 44
6 Alexandra Kosteniuk ChessQueen 43 42 46
7 Eric Rosen imrosen 43 44 38
8 Anna-Maja Kazarian annamaja7 37 44 33
9 Lile Koridze lilekoridze 43 42 40
10 Krikor Mekhitarian GMKrikor 42 41 41
11 Anna Cramling annacramling 37 34 36
12 Rebecca Selkirk HashtagChessTwitch 30 32 28

Day 2:

Rank Player 1 Player 2 Hour 1 Hour 2 Hour 3
1 Hikaru Nakamura (TSM) Levy Rozman 63 73 74
2 Tatev Abrahamyan Eric Rosen 56 60 70
3 Daniel Rensch Aman Hambleton 61 66 57
4 Alireza Firouzja Mohammadreza Firouzja 0 0 65
5 Andrew Tang Agent-JL 60 51 54
6 Anna-Maja Kazarian Naycir 32 53 60
7 Alexandra Kosteniuk Rebecca Selkirk 54 48 58
8 Nemo (CLG) Alessia Santeramo 54 55 50
9 Dina Belenkaya Lile Koridze 53 55 50
10 VelcroDot Anna Cramling 38 51 55
11 Sebastien Maze Kevin Bordi 0 54 0
12 Anna Rudolf QTCinderella 37 43 0

Day 3: Wednesday, January 6.

Day 4: Thursday, January 7.

Rank Player Name Chess.com Username Hour 1 Hour 2 Hour 3
1 Hikaru Nakamura (TSM) gmhikaruontwitch 50 49 50
2 Alireza Firouzja Firouzja2003 30 50 49
3 Daniel Naroditsky DanielNaroditsky 0 47 49
4 Andrew Tang (C9) penguingm1 48 48 46
5 Alexandra Kosteniuk ChessQueen 39 40 40
6 Anna-Maja Kazarian annamaja7 38 40 35
7 Eric Rosen imrosen 0 0 38
8 James Canty III gmcanty 33 37 35
9 Krikor Mekhitarian GMKrikor 34 36 0
10 Anna Cramling annacramling 33 31 30
11 Wouter Bik Bikfoot 27 29 31
12 Nemo (CLG) Nemsko 0 30 19
13 Rebecca Selkirk HashtagChessTwitch 26 30 28
14 Angelika Valkova angelikacan 24 28 28

Day 5: Friday, January 8.

Broadcast: 

Follow the event live at Chess.com/tv, starting 10 a.m. Pacific time on January 4-8, with commentary by IM Danny Rensch and GM Maurice Ashley.

Puzzle Week 2021 Hosts
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