Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship 2022: All Information

Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship 2022: All Information

The 2022 Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship is a world-class online rapid event series for the top 100 players, top 10 women and top 10 juniors in the world. By February 12 to August 28, these chess stars will be able to compete in weekly Swiss and knockout events to compete for the top of the leaderboard and their share of the $650,000 prize money— the largest prize fund in Chess.com history.


Broadcast

Make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action by joining our live broadcast of the event on Chess.com/TV. You can also enjoy the show on our Twitch channel or access all of our live broadcasts at YouTube.com/ChesscomLive.

Don’t forget to visit our Events page to keep up to date with every detail of the event, including live matches, results, standings and more!

players

  • Top 100 players, according to FIDE’s classic rating list
  • Top 10 youth players
  • Top 10 Female Players

Any player who has been in any of the above categories from January 2021 through the current FIDE roster is eligible to play.

The following players have confirmed plans to participate regularly:

position

To be determined

Scheme

Players compete in a Swiss tournament every Saturday. The best eight players of the Swiss will qualify for a knockout tournament on Sunday. These weekend events lead to the Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship Finals, August 25-28.

Swiss dates Knockout dates The Angels New York Paris Mumbai
12th of February February 13 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 22:30
February 19 February 20 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 22:30
February 26 February 27 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 22:30
March 5th 6 March 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 22:30
12 March 13 March 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 22:30
March 19 20th of March 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 17:00* 21:30*
March 26 27 March 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 17:00* 21:30*
April 2 April 3rd 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
April 9 April 10 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
April 16 April 17 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
April 23 April 24 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
30th of April May 1 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
May 7 May 8th 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
May 14 15 May 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
21st of May May 22nd 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
the 28th of May May 29 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
June 4 5 June 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
June 11 12 June 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
Break for candidates
July 9 10th of July 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
16th of July July 17 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
July 23 July 24 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
July 30 July 31 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
August 6 August 7 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
August 13 August 14 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
20th of August August 21 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
Round of 16 Quarter-finals
August 25 August 26 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30
Semi-finals Last
August 27 August 28 9:00 am 12:00 o’clock 18:00 21:30

*Difference by daylight saving time

normal season

  • Swiss events take place on Saturday, knockout events on Sunday
  • Events start at 9am PT/6pm CET
  • February 12 – June 12
  • 2022 Candidates Tournament Break: June 13 – July 8
  • July 9 – August 21

Final

  • August 25: Round of 16
  • August 26: Quarter-finals
  • August 27: Semifinals
  • August 28: Final

Format

The Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship 2022 consists of a regular season and the final. The regular season features Swiss and knockout events every Saturday and Sunday, with players earning Grand Prix points based on their standings in these events. At the end of the regular season, the top 12 players with the most Grand Prix points qualify to join four invited players in the Rapid Chess Championship Finals.

normal season

Saturday Swiss events

  • The time control is 10+0.
  • Players compete against each other in a nine-round Swiss tournament.
  • The top eight players qualify for that weekend’s knockout tournament.
  • In the event of a tie, the Swiss Tournament Tiebreakers will apply.

Knockout events on Sunday

  • The time control is 10+2.
  • Players will be placed in an eight-player knockout round in order of arrival from the previous Swiss event for that weekend.
  • If a player cannot participate on Sunday, the next highest ranked player takes his place.
  • Players play one game, with the higher suit playing white.
  • If the first game is a tie: players play one game of 3+2 with the lower placed player playing with the white pieces.
  • If the players are still tied, players play one game of 1+1, with the higher suit playing with the white pieces.
  • If the players are still tied, a single armageddon game is played with the higher seed choosing a suit.

Final

Will be announced later.

Grand Prize Points

Players accumulate Grand Prix points throughout the season based on their performance in each weekly event:

  • 1st: 10 points
  • 2nd: 7 points
  • 3rd-4th: 5 points
  • 5th-8th: 3 points
  • 9th-16th: 2 points
  • 17th-32nd: 1 points

The top 12 players with the most Grand Prix points earn the right to participate in the Rapid Chess Championship Finals.

Prices

The prize money for the event is $650,000, with $500,000 in prizes for the weekly Swiss and knockout events and a $150,000 prize pool for the Rapid Chess Championship Finals.

Weekly Prize Money: $20,000

  • 1st: $7,500
  • 2nd: $3,500
  • 3rd: $2,500
  • 4th: $2,500
  • 5th-8th: $1,000

Final Prize Fund: $150,000

  • 1st: $30,000
  • 2nd: $20,000
  • 3rd: $16,000
  • 4th: $12,000
  • 5th-8th: $8,000
  • 9th-16th: $5,000

How to play in the event

Only players in FIDE’s top 100 list for classic classification from January 2021 through the current published classification list are eligible to participate in the 2022 Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship. Also eligible to participate are the top 10 women and top 10 juniors according to classic classification from January 2021 via the current published classification list.

Any Qualified Player who has a Preferred Account that has not yet been added to the Official Club must contact the title@chess.com to be added to the Official Club.

Identification Requirements and Fair Play

  • All accounts must be labeled with the player’s real name.
  • All players must participate in a Zoom call for all Swiss events
  • Players must have a two-camera setup for the knockout events.
  • Players should have the option to share their screen on request.
  • Players will be allowed to stream the event using emotive chat only.

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