Women's Speed Chess Championship Qualifier

Women's Speed Chess Championship Qualifier

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The Women's Speed Chess Championship is kicking off this month, beginning with an open qualifier on WednesdayMay 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern, 19:00 Central Europe) with the winner earning the right to face top seed GM Kateryna Lagno in the first round of the championship on May 22.

Want to play today? You can enter the tournament here.
Registration opens one hour before the start.


Each match of the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship, including this qualifier, will be hosted by commentators IM Anna Rudolf and IM Sopiko Guramishvili and will be broadcast live on www.Chess.com/TV and www.Twitch.tv/Chess

Titled women can register for this qualifier up to one hour before it begins here.

The Women's Speed Chess Championship Qualifier is a first-of-its-kind event open to all titled women who will play a 10-round Swiss qualifier with the winner walking away with $750 and a spot in the Women's Speed Chess Championship main bracket that will begin play on May 22. The runner-up will take home $250 for her efforts.

The winner of the qualifier will face GM Kateryna Lagno in the first round of the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship.
The winner of the qualifier will face GM Kateryna Lagno in the first round of the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship.

Some of the top women's speed chess players are expected to participate. Registration will open on May 8 at 9 a.m. PDT, exactly one hour before the start of the tournament.

Qualifier Information:

  • Swiss tournament: 10 rounds, 3+1 blitz.
  • Standard Chess.com tournament tiebreaks used only for the qualifier spot.
  • No tiebreaks used for cash prizes; cash prizes split equally by point total.
  • Must be titled and female to enter.
  • Open to all who meet eligibility requirements, including those players invited to main bracket.
  • If an invited player wins a qualifying spot, she gets the cash prize, and the qualification goes down to the next eligible finisher.
  • Winner: $750 and the number eight seed in the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship
  • Runner-up: $250

The Women's Speed Chess Championship will feature a field of eight of the world's best women's chess players, and a substantial prize pool of $20,000. The winner of the WSCC will also earn a place in the main Speed Chess Championship and its additional $50,000 prize pool.

Aside from Lagno, other key participants include former women's world champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, seven-time U.S. champion GM Irina Krush and three-time European individual champion GM Valentina Gunina.

IM Sopiko Guramishvili will provide the commentary for the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship together with IM Anna Rudolf.
IM Sopiko Guramishvili will provide the commentary for the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship together with IM Anna Rudolf.

Be sure to tune in to www.Twitch.tv/Chess and www.Chess.com/TV for all the action of this year's 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship and visit www.SpeedChessChampionship.com for more information on the other Speed Chess events this summer, including the inaugural 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship presented by ChessKid.

Want to play today? You can enter the tournament here.
Registration opens one hour before the start.

Contact:

Nick Barton
Director of eSports, Chess.com
email: esports@chess.com
phone: (800) 318-2827

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