Tournaments

What are thematic tournaments?

Thematic tournaments require all games to start from a pre-defined starting position (such as three moves into a King's Gambit line, for example). This allows players to play similar games and test each other in certain openings. Thematic tournaments are indicated with a special icon on certain pag...

How do Chess.com Online Tournaments work?

Chess.com uses the popular Round-Robin format for chess tournaments. In round-robin tournaments each player plays every other player in two games (once as white, once as black). An example of a small round-robin is shown below. 1 2 3 4 Points Tie Break 1. Player 1 (1200) X ½ - 1 1 -½...

How do I create a tournament?

You must be a Premium Member and meet the following criteria: Must have at least a 10% win ratio. Must have no more than a 15% timeout ratio. To create and manage your own tournament, go to the Create Tournament page (Home > Tournaments > Create Tournament). You can then configure...

How do membership levels (free vs premium) affect access to turn-based tournaments?

Different membership levels allow members to play in and join different kinds and numbers of turn-based tournaments. See the table below to understand how the different membership levels affect turn-based tournaments. PLAY IN TOURNAMENTS FREE GOLD PLATINUM & DIAMOND Chess.com Official T...

How do I withdraw from a tournament?

You are allowed to withdraw from a tournament at any time using the Withdraw link located on the right hand side of any tournament homepage. However, withdrawing from a tournament while you have games in progress will automatically cause you to forfeit all of the tournament games on time which will ...

How is seeding and group placement determined in multi-group tournaments?

For multi-group tournaments, players are placed into groups starting with the highest rated player sequentially down to the lowest rated player. For example, in a 25-player tournament with 5 groups and 5 players in each group, the top rated player goes into Group #1, 2nd highest rated player into Gr...

When do tournament games start? What if my opponent doesn't move?

Tournament games will start when the tournament has finished registration and the tournament director starts the tournament. They can set a date and time, or they can manually start it at will. As soon as the tournament starts and the pairings are generated all player's clocks start immediately. I...

What are Tournament Points?

Tournament points are accumulated by competing in Chess.com tournaments. There are four factors we look at that affect how many points a player gets in a tournament. A multiplier based on your final place finish (P) Projected number of rounds (R) Maximum group size (G) Average rating...

No-Vacation Tournaments

If the "No-Vacation" option is added to the tournament, all games WILL time out if you take longer than required to move. The Auto-Vacation protection for premium members will NOT activate for these games. All games MUST be played in the expected time controls- no exceptions!

Can you explain the format? What does 5(2) ->2+ mean?

<Player per Group> (<Concurrent Games per Opponent>) -> <Players Advancing per Group> [+=No Tie Breaks] Example 1: 5(2)->2+ means 5 players per group, playing both games per opponent at the same time, 2 players advance from each group, and no tie breaks. Example 2: 8(1)...