2020 Daily Chess Championship

Start Date: Jan 1, 2020

Finish Date: Oct 12, 2020

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This is a "No Vacation" tournament!

This is the official 2020 Daily Chess Championship. Participants will play 22 games at one time (one as Black, one as White per opponent) at the time control of one day per move in 12-player sections. Please anticipate the challenging schedule; the timeout rate in this tournament is consistently high due to the demanding schedule. Only the section winner(s) advance.

This tournament is expected to complete late in 2020.

Opening databases and opening books are permitted in Daily Chess, but the use of engines and tablebases is never permitted. All section winners will be subjected to fair-play analysis.

Post your most interesting games in the comments #dailychess, and we'll publicize the best ones! Selected games win diamond.png!

Worried you'll forget to move? Turn on your daily chess notifications here!

Questions? See our frequently asked questions for tournaments!


Congratulations to IM Uffe Vinther-Schou, the 2020 Daily Chess Champion!

SamCopeland | Dec 2, 2020, 1:27 PM

Congratulations to IM Uffe Vinther-Schou for his victory in the 2020 Daily Chess Championship! This was the largest tournament ever held on Triumphing over 16,000+ contestants is truly an outstanding achievement.

We have two final prizes to award, the $100 best game prizes for rounds 4 and 5. The winners are Égető János Lehel from Hungary for a spirited attack and our tournament champion for the challenging endgame he converted in the final match. Congrats to both!

We will soon have an announcement out for the 2021 Daily Chess Champion. Due to the anticipated scale of the event, we will for the first time include a requirement of having completed some games prior to the event. Hopefully the more experienced pool will see fewer timeouts and more games decided on the board.

Round 4 Best Game Winner: lehel1991

Round 5 Best Game Winner: IMUffeVinther-Schou

Round 3 Prizes

SamCopeland | Aug 26, 2020, 2:19 PM

Hello and congrats to our incredible players who have advanced to the fourth round of the 2020 Daily Chess Championship! Here are are our prize winners for round three. We didn't have entrants for the video prizes in this round so we will apply that $100 to a best game prize in the unanticipated 5th round of the event. Good luck to all!


SKiWaLkeR (

KnightOnRimIsDim (




Round 2 Prizes

SamCopeland | Jun 12, 2020, 6:18 PM

Hello everyone! Congratulations to all the players on their fine round 2 battles and congrats especially to those who have made it to round three. Here are our round two prizes. Congrats to them and especially check out diagonalL's stunning victory!

Lord_Hammer (
KnightOnRimIsDim (

diagonalL (
Multivitamin73 (

tactics_in_chess (
SodiumAttack03 (

Round 3 Underway!

SamCopeland | May 17, 2020, 6:14 AM

Hello everyone! Round three of the Daily Chess Championship is now underway. Congratulations to all those who have made it thus far

Games started 3 hours ago, so you have about 21 hours left to make your first move before there are forfeits.

In the next couple of weeks, we'll award round two prizes for games, videos, and blogs so post your best candidates now if you haven't already.

First Round Prizes

SamCopeland | Mar 23, 2020, 7:30 AM

Hello everyone! We are awarding the remainder of our first-round prizes. We weren't able to find additional entrants for the video prizes so we awarded an extra blog and game prize as we had many entrants in those categories. Remember players that you can record a video analysis of your games and post on youtube to compete for a prize. Use #dailychess in your video description to make it easier to find for us.

kynas (
Digit01010 (
ConorMaclaud (

sravanrenjith (
stevis5 (
Chigorinetz (

2020 Daily Chess Championship: Round Two Underway!!!

SamCopeland | Mar 9, 2020, 4:56 AM

The 2020 Daily Championship has just moved on to round two! Congratulations to all players that have advanced to the second round. The games have been started by our server and players have 24 hours to make their first move. Good luck to all

We'll be reviewing games, videos, and blogs soon to determine our final prize winners for round one.

2020 Daily Chess Championship: Round Two Starts Soon

SamCopeland | Feb 28, 2020, 3:32 PM

There are only seven games remaining in the current round of the 2020 Daily Chess Championship! Some may still continue for as much as a week or two, but it is likely that round two will begin soon and players who have won their section (or tied) and advanced to the next round should be ready to begin as soon as the final game concludes. Good luck!

First Round Prizes

SamCopeland | Feb 12, 2020, 11:01 AM

Hello everyone! There's still ~100 games left in round one, but we wanted to award half of our first-round prizes, two each for our categories! They are...

SlaviKkho (
DraganStankovic02 (

tactics_in_chess (
No Chess No Life (

rebooks (

Shaheel29 (

An FAQ: We've heard some questions about when the next round will start. It should be when all games that affect the section winners are done. Only the winner advances, but in the case of a tie, all tied players advance.

2020 Daily Chess Championship: DON'T MISS NOTIFICATIONS

SamCopeland | Dec 31, 2019, 5:32 AM

Hi everyone The 2020 Daily Chess Championship will be starting tomorrow, and we are excited to have our largest attendance ever!

We want to remind everyone that this is a very challenging event with 22 games starting concurrently, and NO VACATION TIME. Many players have timed out in the past, and we definitely want to avoid that. Consider checking your daily chess notification settings here ( to make sure that you are getting notifications for daily moves. It may also make sense to set a daily personal reminder at a suitable time to make sure that you login and make your moves.

There will be some delays as we get all the games started on January 1st (It takes the server some time to launch over 100,000 games!), but we should have all games started by the end of the day.

If this event is sounding like it may be too much after all, you can "withdraw" in the upper right of the tournament page.


SamCopeland | Dec 30, 2019, 1:27 PM

This year, the Daily Chess Championship will feature $1000 in cash prizes for the first time. Prizes will be awarded in each round for the best games, blogs, and video analyses:

Round 1: 4 best game prizes ($25 each), 4 best blog prizes ($25 each), 4 best video analysis prizes ($25 each)

Round 2: 2 best game prizes ($50 each), 2 best blog prizes ($50 each), and 2 best video analysis prizes ($50 each)

Round 3: 2 best game prizes ($50 each), 2 best blog prizes ($50 each), 2 best video analysis prizes ($50 each)

Round 4: 1 $100 best game prize

Prizes will be awarded by a committee of staff members and may be awarded at ANY time during or after the round.

To be considered, share your games, blogs (must be at, and video analysis in the tournament comments. We also encourage you to tweet your submissions with the #dailychess for extra visibility!