Announcing the Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship with $650,000 in Prizes

Chess.com is pleased to announce the chess.com Blitz Championship, our most elite event ever. The first “RCC” debuts with a prize pool of $650,000. This 25 week extravaganza starts on 12th of February and culminates in a dramatic finale on August 28. THEOnly the best of the best will play: the top 100 of the world, the top 10 women and the top 10 juniors will sit at the table.

With only the strongest players in the field and the slower time control, fans can expect nothing but high quality chess. Many top GMs such as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian and more are expected to participate regularly in this event.

Caruana, seen here at the 2021 Rapid and Blitz World Championships, is one of several stars expected to play. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Attendees are also allowed to stream this event under controlled conditions (chat disabled, along with other strict Fair Play requirements). This presents a unique opportunity to provide viewers with rare insights into high-level play, especially thanks to the fast time format. 10+0 is the most popular time control on Chess.com, but is rarely used in top-level events. In this format, players have more time to determine their way to victory.

Who wouldn’t want to hear Nakamura talk about his thought process in a 10-minute game against the world’s best players? Speaking of Nakamura, here’s what he had to say about the Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship: “I’m excited to play in this event set up by Chess.com in a way that seems to meet many of the top 100 chess players It has a flexible schedule, no commitment, and yet it seems to be a surefire hit with the top players and fans alike.With no additional demands from Chess.com on participant time, it really is an ideal match for so many schedules .”

I’m hyped to play in this event…a surefire hit with the top players and fans alike.

–Hikaru Nakamura

2022 Chesscom Rapid Chess Championship
Hikaru Nakamura at the 2021 Rapid and Blitz World Championships. Photo: Michal Walusza/FIDE.

Junior players made big waves in 2021 and we are happy to offer them a special opportunity to play against the best players in the world. Recently crowned World Rapid Champion, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and other top junior players will have more opportunities to shine against the world elite. We look forward to more juniors entering the top 100 in 2022 and qualifying for the event.

The mix of top-100 players, the best juniors and the best female players in the world will create some really exciting match-ups and provide incredible opportunities for the next generation to keep improving their skills.

2022 Chesscom Rapid Chess Championship
Nodirbek Abdusattorov recently won the Rapid 2021 World Championship. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The $650,000 prize pool is the largest Chess.com has ever offered, and it will be distributed throughout the event. The first 25 weeks of the event has been allocated $500,000, which equates to $20,000 on the line per week. The finals will have a $150,000 prize pool and the title of Chess.com Rapid Champion 2022.

Chess.com’s CEO Erik is delighted that Chess.com can offer this event:

“As a fan, I can’t wait to see who becomes the first Chess.com Rapid Champion! As a Chess.com team member, I’m proud to offer the opportunity to play chess online in a format they like and with terms that they appreciate.”

Who are you looking forward to in the Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship 2022? Let us know in the comments below.

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