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2023 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship

Start Date: Jan 1, 2023

Finish Date: Oct 20, 2023

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This is a "No Vacation" tournament!

This is the official 2023 Chess.com 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. Only the section winner(s) advance to the next round.

Please anticipate the challenging schedule; the timeout rate in this tournament is consistently high due to the demanding schedule. 

This tournament is expected to complete late in 2023.

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 them on Twitter using #dailychess, and we'll publicize the best ones. Selected games can also win prizes!

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Questions? See our frequently asked questions for tournaments!


This year's Daily Chess Championship will feature $5,000 in cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded in each round for different categories: the best video analyses, blogs, games, and moves. You can find an explanation of each category and examples of previous winning entries below.

Round 1:

 - 3 video analysis prizes ($100 each)
 - 3 best blog prizes ($100 each)
 - 3 best move prizes ($100 each)
 - 10 best game prizes ($100 each)

 

Round 2:

 - 3 video analysis prizes ($100 each)
 - 3 best blog prizes ($100 each)
 - 3 best move prizes ($100 each)
 - 7 best game prizes ($100 each)

 

Round 3:

 - 2 video analysis prizes ($100 each)
 - 2 best blog prizes ($100 each)
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2 best move prizes ($100 each)
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5 best game prizes ($100 each)

 

Round 4:

 - 1 video analysis prize ($100)
 - 1 blog prize ($100)
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1 best move prize ($100)
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1 best game prize ($100)

 

Prizes will be awarded by a committee of Chess.com staff members. To be considered for a prize, submit at https://forms.gle/yygmp6q5qJeN6cvr6 or click the buttons below. Note that the 'Best Move' prize will require you to join the Chess.com Discord if you have not already done so.

Best Blog: When reviewing blogs, we look for clear communication, style, chess insight, as well as writing (and editing) ability. Humor is also appreciated. To get an idea of what a good blog involves, check out some of the winners from last year's competition here, here, and here.


Best Video Analysis: A video of yourself analyzing one or more of your games from the tournament. These must be uploaded to YouTube, or another publicly visible video platform (note that Twitch VODs may expire before the end of the round). Here's a winning example from last year.

Best Game: Your best game of the round. All submissions will be reviewed by a team of high-level chess players (including titled players). Please note that you can only submit one game per round. If you submit more, your first game will be chosen and the other entries will be invalid.

Best Move: This is a new category focusing on specific moves and your explanation/thoughts behind them. You can submit your move in the official Chess.com Discord, where it will be voted on by community members. Note: Before you submit a move, make sure to connect your accounts.

Announcements

2023 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Rounds Three and Four Prizes

CHESScom | Nov 3, 2023, 2:51 PM

As we're wrapping up the 2023 Daily Chess Championship, we want to give a big shoutout to all of you for being part of this amazing event!

Thank you for your patience in waiting for the prizes of Rounds 3 and 4. Without further ado, here are our winners! 


The winning entries were selected by a committee of Chess.com staff, with the exception of the ‘Best Move’ category, which was voted on by members of the official Chess.com Discord community.

Best Game:

CipriP32 | Round 3

Blitz | Round 4

Best Blog: 

Play Chess Better: 2023 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship - Round 3 | Tsubasa

Play Chess Better: 2023 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship - Round 4 | Tsubasa 

Best Video Analysis:

Kacparov | Round 3

Tsubasa | Round 4

Best Move:

The power of pawns - brilliant sacrifice! | Round 3
Castle despite everything!  | Round 4

If you see your name on the list, a Chess.com staff member should be reaching out to you soon for more information.


Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for sending so many amazing submissions! See you on the 2024 Daily Chess Championship!

2023 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Round Two Prizes

CHESScom | Jul 20, 2023, 7:37 AM

Hi everyone,

We hope you’re enjoying the 2023 Daily Chess Championship. Here are the winners for all prize categories in Round Two.

The winning entries were selected by a committee of Chess.com staff, with the exception of the ‘Best Move’ category, which was voted on by members of the official Chess.com Discord community.

Best Game:

Best Video Analysis:

Best Blog:

Best Move:

If you see your name on the list, a Chess.com staff member should be reaching out to you soon for more information.


Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for sending so many amazing submissions! Don’t forget to submit your entries for Round Three.

2023 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Round One Prizes

CHESScom | Mar 28, 2023, 11:57 AM

Hi everyone,

We hope you’re enjoying the 2023 Daily Chess Championship. Here are the winners for all prize categories in Round One.

The winning entries were selected by a committee of Chess.com staff, with the exception of the ‘Best Move’ category, which was voted on by members of the official Chess.com Discord community.

Best Game:

Best Video Analysis:

Best Blog:

Best Move:

  • "Sacrificio Contundente" - emiliochess (Move 13-14)
  • "Brilliant sac move after a king blunder" - PepeMazer (Move 19)
  • "Probably the best 'fake' pin in my life" - KULAK21 (Move 31)

If you see your name on the list, a Chess.com staff member should be reaching out to you soon for more information.


Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for sending so many amazing submissions! Don’t forget to submit your entries for Round Two.