Collegiate Chess League Season 4 Registration

Season 3 of the Collegiate Chess League was the biggest season yet with more than 80 schools from more than a dozen countries with 160 teams in 10 divisions (over 1000 students in total)! This is only a fraction of the number of schools and students that could participate from around the world, and our goal is to have as many teams and players competing as possible.

Our next season, brought to you by Chess.com and the Corporate Esports Association, starts February 12th. Again, Chess.com is making available a total prize pool of $25,000 for this season, all free for teams to join. All schools that previously entered are welcome to play again, along with many other schools that will compete for the first time in our upcoming fourth season. Any college with a team is encouraged to participate.
The season format and playoffs will be much the same, with teams of four competing in an all-play-all, 16-game blitz match. The 2022 spring season can be divided into three parts: registration, regular season and playoffs.

Registration: The team registration form can be found linked above, and each team requires a designated captain to complete this form in order to register their team. Teams need a minimum of four players. Individuals without teams who are interested but not sure if their school has a club or a team can fill out this separate form. Team registration will close at 9pm PST on February 6 / 6am CET on February 7, but players will be able to join teams as substitutes throughout the season. Schools can also register multiple teams, and captains must register their best players in their top teams.

Teams are divided into divisions based on the average of the team’s four strongest players at registration. To ensure accurate ratings from registered participants, all players must play at least 20 rated blitz games on Chess.com. We will also provide weekly Sunday arenas for the college chess clubs. These arenas will be multi-club arenas, allowing schools to compete directly against other schools within the league on a weekly basis, helping promote and grow each school’s club page, and assist with recruitment. These arenas will continue throughout the regular season as well. Players must participate through their school’s club page, but can also participate through our club page.

Normal season: Once the divisions are divided into 16 teams, they are split into two groups of eight based on geographic region. Each group plays a regular season round-robin with matches played on Saturday. Thus, the regular season will consist of a fixed schedule of seven games per team. Teams may reschedule any of these games during the season, as long as all seven games are completed before the end of the season.

Playoffs: Teams will enter a one-elimination playoff round based on their regular season standings, and clubs will receive a share of the $25,000 prize money based on their teams’ playoff results. The prize distribution is based on the number of divisions, with larger prizes awarded to higher divisions.

Scheme:

  • February 6 at 9pm PST / February 7 at 6am CET: Team Registration Deadline
  • February 12: Round 1
  • February 19: Round 2
  • February 26: Round 3
  • March 5: Round 4
  • March 12: DAY
  • March 19: Round 5
  • March 26: Round 6
  • April 2: DAY
  • April 9: Round 7 (end of regular season)
  • April 16: DAY
  • April 23: Wildcard Weekend
  • April 30: Quarter-finals
  • May 7: DAY
  • May 14: Semifinals
  • May 21: Final and match for third place
  • corporate vs. Collegiate Rivalry Weekend is scheduled during one of the BYE weeks.

With more schools and players competing than ever, this will be our best season yet. Our first season had 30 schools represented only from the US, and now we have schools from all over the world that signed up to participate in our competition. Our last season had more than triple the number of players from our first season, and we expect the League to continue to grow as more and more teams from around the world hear about us. You can find out more about this upcoming season on CEA’s site. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, join our discord and/or email League’s Commissioner Joe Lee at ccl@chess.com.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.