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So You Want to Play a Death-Match?

On Sat, April 28th, the 4th Chess.com Death-Match will take place, with a prize of $1000. And you just might be one of the two players! My purpose here is just to lay out all the ground rules, so that everyone knows how they could qualify.

On April 15th, Chess.com will invite the highest-rated active blitz player and the highest-rated active bullet player to compete in the match. More precisely:

  • Ratings will be as of April 14th-15th at midnight, pacific time.
  • To qualify as "active" the player must have played at least 100 games between February 14 and April 14.
  • I will contact the selected players on April 15th, and if they decline, I will pass the invitation on to the next highest in that rating pool.
  • If I suspect a player of computer cheating or being rude, I may choose to invite the next highest-rated instead.

So if you think you're a blitz ace, get out there and play some games and boost your rating! The match-up will be announced on April 15th or 16th. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, see you Saturday for Shankland-Hess!

P.S. Computer Cheaters out there, leave us alone!! Don't bother trying to qualify for this, stop inputting moves on our site, stop harrassing our members, stop wasting the time of titled players in live chess willing to play other members, who would actually enjoy that opportunity! *You are a WASTE and you are HURTING others*

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  • 2 év ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    thanks for that, chessatore.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    chessatore

    Pitty that this is not done via an awesome massive swiss qualifying tournament. David & Daniel you should have a talk with Roman how they managed to create meaningful tournaments at chess.net 10-15 years ago without any price money at stake. At chess.com unfortunately all the tourneys do at the moment is create a couple of games. Even the winners tend to quit before the standings are announced because nobody cares really. Hope that changes, because tourneys can be hella fun! It's one of the last details on your way to perfection with this site.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Narz

    I don't mind Roman bashing my moves as long as I learn something! Smile

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    FM gauranga

    Yes a qualifying tournament would be fun.

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    oh my! you won't have internet access on your trip? it looks like you played more than 50.

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    FM Eilyisum

    I made an effort, but wasn't able to finish 100 more blitz games and I am going away on vacation until the 14th.  Good luck to whoever earns the blitz spot!  

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    FM andryusha

    We can see typical 'rating' layering. Certain people obtain high rating and don't play anybody with lower ratings. Thus it is almost impossible to get from 2100 to 2400 bullet. Also some players are good at beating up computers at 2 1 bullet.

    In any case - whole idea of death-match based on rating seems fine as entertainment, but is prone to too many issues to call it fair.

    It will be more fun to have qualifying tournaments of course, which was already mentioned

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    what's wrong with the rating system?

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    GM Janosik

    The new rating system makes it kind of senseless for players of my level to play here at all. In the live-chess area there are mostly players with a bullet rating lower than 2400, so I need to win 19/20 games to gain some points.

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    JMraz

    yes, interesting idea to put 1800 rated players against each other. I watch Sam and Robert playing, it was MIND BLOWING, but sadly I did not understand most of the moves... I mean David and Danny highlighted the most beautiful moves, but it was only a tiny bit of the 3 hours long fight I could understand. But surely those 2 amateur players shouldn't be below 1700-1800, there would be so many blunders which would make the event boring

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    well, we shall try it, and see!

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    MisterMB

    It would be nice also to see two amateur players playing, maybe it could be more instructive. I don't know about the audience average rating but I think more people could follow the games according to their level and learn more.

    Just an idea ;)

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    Narz

    David, I guarentee people will show up.  I'm sure not as many as to watch two chess giants slug it out but it will make people feel like it could be them up there.  Just like people watch American Idol, to see ordinary folks in the spotlight.  It's worth a shot, if no one shows up to watch then you can cancel it.  Also they'll be lots of instructive mistakes that the audiance will be able to relate to. Smile

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    Evan has earned his rating. and playing 100 games totally gives anyone a chance to catch up with him. if he plays low-rated opponents, then any loss costs him tons of points. anyone is welcome to try to reach his rating! also, as i said, if i feel that he handpicks people rated 230 who can't even move the pieces, i won't consider that satisfactory. i'm sure he'll play some fair opponents, and i am totally happy with the rules.

    that said, i'm totally happy to do qualification tournaments; and i already had that and several other ideas in the works.

    Narz, i am concerned that nobody will show up to watch a match between two 1800s, but i suppose it's worth doing it once to find out if that's the case. i absolutely think it would be very fun and instructive, i just don't know that it would draw a crowd. if nobody showed up to watch it would prove to be a waste of the commentators' time, interesting as the idea is.

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    Narz

    I think there should be "death matches" in each rating class.

    Of course an 1800-level death match isn't going to be as instructive as a 2300-level death match but it will allow the audiance to have fun critiquing the games more & Roman can have a field day pointing out all the awful blunders & missed brilliancies. Laughing

    Since this was my idea I want to be the first contestant for the Amatuer Death Match arena. Smile

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    IM Bobbylow

    This looks pretty awesome and I agree with Evan with the prospect of having a qualifying tournament, it would definitely be more legit :D

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    FM Eilyisum

    I also think that qualifying tournaments would be a great idea, for example something similiar to the Dos Hermanas online tournament format.  It would just be a question of fine tuning it (how to resolve ties, scheduling, making sure some people don't just get "lucky" pairings against weaker players throughout the course of the qualifying tournament, etc).   

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    Julio_Barajas

    I think that a serious confrontation if they played IM Pruess against  IM Rensch :)

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    NM iFrancisco

    Evan (Eilyisum) has the highest blitz rating on this site so all he needs is a 100 games against mediocre competition (just an example) and he is pretty much guaranteed the blitz spot.

    A much fairer option would have been some qualifying tournament(s) as it gives anyone a chance (and of course monitoring for those cheaters), and not just those with an inflated rating from the past.

  • 3 év ezelőtt

    IM dpruess

    well, it's now been fixed so that you don't gain a point for beating someone 1000 points below you. from my own experience playing tons of people rated 1000 points below me, that's a sure way to lose rating points over time-- you gain 0 points for winning 97 games, and the three games you lose cost you 50 points. but i will look at the qualifiers' history and make sure they are playing real games against real opponents, and not some hand-picked player who doesn't yet know the rules.

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