Do you love playing in live chess? Now everyone from candidate master to grandmaster can win cash prizes in a monthly tournament on Chess.com.
Dubbed "Titled Tuesdays" these tournaments will be for titled players only, so you have to have some combination of red letters before your name: CM, NM, FM, IM, GM or WCM, WFM, WIM, WGM. If you're a titled player who has yet to be verified, please send a message to either Patzer24 or Monitor with your name, title, FIDE or USCF ID #, FIDE url and a picture of yourself holding a sign that says "chess.com" on it.
The last Tuesday of every month, starting October 28, $1000 USD will be up for grabs in a live tournament. Here's the format:
Time control 3+2
Starts at 12 pm Pacific (GMT -7), 3 pm Eastern (New York time), 9 pm CEST (GMT +2)
Prize distribution will be $500 for first, $250 for second, $125 for third, $75 for fourth, $50 for fifth
Ties will result in prizes combined and divided by number of tied players
As always, Chess.com will employ advanced cheat-detection measures to ensure fair play.
If you're not a titled player, you can of course follow all the games by clicking on the events tab in live chess, then clicking "watch" once the tournament begins.
Who might we see competing for cash? Well here's a few players that have been playing on Chess.com just for fun in the last month, so there's a good chance you'll see them:
GM Tamir Nabaty (Timirn) - a newer player to the site; hasn't lost a blitz game on Chess.com yet.
GM Hikaru Nakamura (Hikaru) - the highest-rated player in blitz may compete if the FIDE Grand Prix schedule allows.
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (LyonBeast) - hasn't played on Chess.com in a few months, but keeps late hours and needs preparation for his upcoming Death Match.
GM Daniil Dubov (Duhless) - don't let his boyish looks fool you, this teenager is 2627 FIDE.
GM Yuri Vovk (vovcoach) - a very active member who has beaten everyone on the site multiple times.
GM Maxim Dlugy (Dlugy) - former number one blitz player in the world and has been very active playing on the site in October.
IM Yaacov Norowitz(Yaacovn) - another blitz afficianado; has about 10,000 Chess.com games under his belt; won a dramatic Death Match this summer.
IM Marc Esserman (MEsserman) - we don't know if 3+2 is too slow for him, but his bullet binges are legendary (one sesson lasted 23 hours and more than 600 games).
Finally, IM Danny Rensch (danielrensch) - maybe our own VP will be too excited to sit these events out? A little birdie told me his boss and our CEO (Erik) challenged him to win one while at the 2014 Chess.com Meetup in the Dominican Republic last week.
If you're a titled player who's thought it just as wise to play anonymously on Chess.com - it might be time to rethink that strategy! Look for post event recaps of all our "Titled Tuesdays" by yours truly, with highlights of the key games and quotes from the participants.