How do Chess.com daily tournaments work?

Daily tournaments are not found on the same tournament page as Live (blitz, bullet, rapid) tournaments. To find a Daily tournament to join, first hover over 'Play' in the left menu, then click on 'Tournaments' 

This will take you to your tournaments home page, where you can see a brief list of upcoming Live and Daily tournaments, as well as a list of any tournaments you are already a part of, and your tournament stats. 

Find a tournament

To get to the full list of Daily tournaments, look for the Tournaments panel on the right side of the screen: 

From here, you'll be able to search for exactly the right Daily tournament for you!

Search for a tournament by name, or use the dropdown filters to get a list of exactly the kind of tournament you want. 

-Sort by: Upcoming (haven't started) current, or completed tournaments

-Filter by: your tournaments (that you created) Official tournaments created by Chess.com, Thematic tournaments (starting with a specific opening) No Vacation tournaments (no vacation allowed!) Premium members only, tournaments where your friends (on your friends list) are tournament director, or Chess960 tournaments.

-Sort by: when the tournament starts, alphabetical, by how many players have joined, by max players, or by time control (how many days per move) 

Check the Legend on the bottom right side of the screen for an explanation of what the icons next to the tournaments mean: 

Note: not all of these apply to Daily tournaments

Join a tournament

When you find a tournament that looks interesting, click on it! You'll be taken to that tournament's page, where you can see all the details: 

Then simply click JOIN to join the tournament. The tournament will start either at a certain date, or when it is full, depending on how the tournament creator has set it up. 

When the tournament starts, your games will start! Chess.com uses the popular Round-Robin format for Daily chess tournaments. In round-robin tournaments each player plays every other player in two games (once as white, once as black). Depending on the settings, these games may happen simultaneously (two games at once per opponent). 

Read more about Round-Robin format here! 

See below for an explanation of all the tournament details:

-Time control: this is how much time you will get for each move. 

-Games Rated: are the games rated, yes or no(unrated)

-Rating Range: What rating level is allowed to join? Note: you will not see tournaments that are outside your rating range listed in your search results.

-Max group size: How many players will be in your group? This is the number of players you will be facing off against in each round. 

-# Advance: How many players will go on to the next round from each group? 

-Simultaneous games: How many tournament games will you be playing at once? In this example, when the tournament starts, 8 games will start. Since there are 5 people in the group (you plus 4 others) there would be 4 games as white and 4 as black that you would be playing at once. 

-Tie breaks: Will there be tie breaks, or not? If tie breaks are off, then both tied players will advance. Read more about tie breaks here. 

-Max avg time per move: Some tournaments require a certain average time per move. You can read more about this here. 

-Players: How many players have, and can join? In this example image, 820 have joined, and there is no limit (∞) to how many can join. 

-Avg rating: This is the average Daily rating of all the players that have so far joined. 

-Points available: This is the total number of tournament leaderboard points that will be given out to those who place in the tournament. Read more about tournament points here. 

-Complete: This is the percentage of total games that have so far been completed. 

-Round: This shows what round the tournament is on

-Completed games: The number of games completed so far in the tournament

-Remaining games: How many games are left to be played in the current round. When this reaches 0, the next round will start (or the tournament will end)

-Max timeout %: Some tournaments have a maximum timeout percentage that is allowed to enter the tournament. This is related to how many Daily games you timeout on. Read more about timeout percentage here. 


If you would like to create your own Daily tournament, please click here for more info! 

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