FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: To Host Junior Speed Chess Championship Presented by ChessKid

Palo Alto, Calif., April 15, 2019—Continuing the expansion of its Speed Chess Championship series, will hold a Speed Chess Championship for talented junior players ages 21 and under.

The Junior Speed Chess Championship kicks off May 16 at 10 a.m. PDT and will include 16 of the world’s top young grandmasters and a prize pool of $20,000. The winner of the JSCC will also earn a place in the main Speed Chess Championship and its additional $50,000 prize pool. 

The tournament is presented by, the world’s top site for kids to learn and play chess. 

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Each match of the Junior Speed Chess Championship will be broadcast live this spring on and, and will be hosted by the commentators GM Robert Hess, IM Daniel Rensch and IM Levy Rozman. FM Mike Klein will join as a special guest representing ChessKid.

Klein also announced that the winning CONIC alumnus of the inaugural ChessKid Games gets the first spot in next year’s Junior Speed Chess Championship.  

A much-hyped first round match: Wei Yi vs. Praggnanandhaa

The field for the Junior Chess Championship is seeded as follows, according to the March FIDE ratings:

  1. GM Wei Yi
  2. GM Parham Maghsoodloo
  3. GM Jeffrey Xiong
  4. GM Alireza Firouzja
  5. GM Sam Sevian
  6. GM Benjamin Gledura
  7. GM Alexey Sarana
  8. GM Jorden Van Foreest
  9. GM Aryan Tari
  10. GM Andrey Esipenko
  11. GM Awonder Liang
  12. GM Nihal Sarin
  13. GM Jose Martinez Alcantara
  14. GM Anton Smirnov
  15. GM Luca Moroni
  16. GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

These 16 young masters will play a series of head-to-head speed chess matches to move on in the tournament. Each 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship match will feature 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet chess.

Bracket: Click on the image for a larger version.

jscc bracket

For the full lineup of round-one matches, see the official JSCC guide.

Each match will have the following rules and format:

  • Each player must maintain his own connection to the live site and webcam for the broadcast
  • The winner of each match advances to the next line in the bracket.
  • If match is tied after the last 1+1 bullet game, a tiebreak of 4 additional 1+1 games is played as a mini-match.
  • If match is still tied after the mini-match tiebreaker, a single armageddon game will be played: White 5+0, Black 3+0, Black gets draw odds. The player with the highest blitz rating at the start of the Armageddon chooses his color.

The Junior Speed Chess Championship offers the following prizes:

Round 1: 16 players, 8 matches, $6,400 prize pool.

  • Winner: $400 and advance to round 2
  • $400 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $800

Round 2: 8 players, 4 matches, $4,800 prize pool.

  • Winner: $600 and advance to round 3
  • $600 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $1,200

Round 3: 4 players, 2 matches, $4,800 prize pool

  • Winner: $1,200
  • $1,200 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $2,400

Round 4: 2 players, 1 match, $4,000 prize pool

  • Winner: $2,000 + qualification to the Speed Chess Championships
  • $2,000 split by win percentage
  • Total prizes per match: $4,000

For more information, including the upcoming schedule, prizes, players, graphics and match details, please visit

2019 speed chess championship

Watch the Junior Speed Chess Championship this spring on and


Nick Barton
Director of eSports,
phone: (800) 318-2827