Tournaments

2021 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship

Start Date: Dec 31, 2020

Finish Date: Jan 8, 2022

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This is a "No Vacation" tournament!

This is the official 2021 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship. Participants will play 22 games at one timeĀ (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 2021.

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 and share on Twitter with #dailychess, and we'll publicize the best ones! Selected games win prizes!

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Questions? See our frequently asked questions for tournaments!


This year the Daily Chess Championship will feature $5000 in cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded in each round for the best video analyses, blogs, social media posts, and games:

Round 1: 5 video analyses prizes ($100 each), 5 best blog prizes ($100 each), 5 most popular social media post prizes ($100 each), and 5 best game prizes ($100 each)

Round 2: 5 video analyses prizes ($100 each), 4 best blog prizes ($100 each), 4 most popular social media post prizes ($100 each), and 2 best game prizes ($100 each)

Round 3: 4 video analyses prizes ($100 each), 2 best blog prizes ($100 each), 2 most popular social media post prizes ($100 each), and 2 best game prizes ($100 each)

Round 4: 1 video analyses prize ($100), 1 blog prize ($100), 1 social media prize ($100), 1 best game prize ($200)

Prizes will be awarded by a committee of Chess.com staff members. Social media posts will be awarded to the most liked posts on any platform. To be considered for a prize, submit at https://forms.gle/PQaVtckr17TrMnc78. Social media posts must use #dailychess to be considered.

Announcements

Congrats To Our Round Four Prize Winners!

SamCopeland | Dec 10, 2021, 11:08 AM

Round four in the 2021 Daily Chess Championship was a dramatic affair. Congrats to our two qualifiers to the finalists, IM @IMUffeVinther-Schou and GM @Andrei_Belozerov!

We are also happy to have opened registration for the 2022 Daily Chess Championship which already has nearly 6,000 players signed up! We encourage you to play again. We are hoping to set a record and finally break 20,000 participants. https://www.chess.com/tournament/2022-chess-com-daily-chess-championship

Here are our four prize winners for round four. Congrats to each!

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Best Video:

Best Social Media:

Best Blog:

All winners receive $100, and prize winners will soon receive an email to claim their prizes. The emails will be sent to the email on file on your account.

Congrats To Our Round Three Prize Winners!

SimonMTL | Sep 8, 2021, 3:31 PM

Round three in the 2021 Daily Chess Championship was a spectacular affair with delightful fighting games and lots of great analysis!Here are the winners of our prizes for the best games, blogs, videos and social media posts! Good luck to everyone in round four and congrats especially to those who have made it that far!

Best Games:

Best Blogs:

Best Videos:

Best Social Media Posts:

All winners receive $100, and prize winners will soon receive an email to claim their prizes. The emails will be sent to the email on file on your account.

Congrats To Our Round Two Prize Winners!

CHESScom | May 27, 2021, 12:46 PM

After reviewing 70 prize submissions from round two of the 2021 Daily Chess Championship, we are proud to announce our winners for the best game, best blog, best video, and best social media prizes! Some categories lacked qualifying submissions (Don't forget to submit videos and social media!) so we added some best game prizes. All winners will receive $100. Congrats!

Best Games:

Best Blogs:

Best Videos:

Best Social Media Posts:

Prize winners will soon receive an email to claim their prizes.

Congrats To Our Round One Prize Winners!

SamCopeland | Apr 5, 2021, 7:27 PM

After reviewing 376 prize submissions from round one of the 2021 Daily Chess Championship, we are proud to announce our winners for the best game, best blog, best video, and best social media prizes! All winners will receive $100. Congrats!

Best Games:

Best Blogs:

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