Today: Stockfish Challenge Gives Jorden van Foreest Chance To Win Big
Can the Dutch grandmaster win the Stockfish Challenge this weekend?

Today: Stockfish Challenge Gives Jorden van Foreest Chance To Win Big

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This weekend, GM Jorden van Foreest will have his chance to take down Stockfish in what promises to be another epic showdown featuring man and machine. The Stockfish Challenge, set to start on Sunday, June 7 at 5 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. CEST) by Bill Perkins and his new book "Die With Zero".

Bill Perkins, a Houston-based hedge fund manager at Skylar Capital, had planned this as a special event at the Skylar Chess Festival, which was canceled earlier this spring due to the coronavirus. With the Stockfish Challenge now coming to Chess.com, players across the world will be able to tune into the match.

van Foreest Stockfish Challenge
The event's sponsor, Bill Perkins, gives van Foreest odds as low as 20-to-1 to win the Stockfish Challenge.

Stockfish will be running at full force during the match, running on 36-core, 72 threads and playing with the White pieces in every game, but will have to start two pawns down across each of the ten games. To win, van Foreest only needs to win just one game to take home the prize.

The Dutch grandmaster's ten-game clash with Stockfish will run four days, starting on July 7 and running through July 10.

Match Schedule (all times Pacific Time)

  • June 7: 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m. 
  • June 8: 5 a.m., 7 a.m.
  • June 9: 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m.
  • June 10: 5 a.m., 7 a.m.

Stockfish will have five different starting positions throughout the match. Jorden will face each of the five starting positions before his second attempt.

  • Games 1 and 6: Stockfish without c- and e- pawns
  • Games 2 and 7: Stockfish without b- and g- pawns
  • Games 3 and 8: Stockfish without c- and g- pawns
  • Games 4 and 9: Stockfish without e- and g- pawns
  • Games 5 and 10: Stockfish without c- and f- pawns

The match will feature a 30+10 time control, and will end early should van Foreest win before the tenth game.

Jorden van Foreest is no stranger to playing in big moments on Chess.com. The 21-year-old grandmaster has won key matches in both the PRO Chess League and 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship. Over the board, van Foreest won the 2016 Dutch Championship and has since starred in events like the Tata Steel Masters. During the pandemic, van Foreest has been actively streaming on Twitch on his new channel.

To learn more about Bill Perkins' book, "Die With Zero", visit his website here.

Die with Zero Stockfish Challenge

Come and show your support for Jorden van Foreest this Sunday, June 7 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time (2 p.m. CEST) on Chess.com/tv!

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