Tournaments

How does a Round-Robin Knock-Out tournament work?

A knock-out takes place when there are too many players to play a single-round Round-Robin. In a knock-out the players are put into smaller groups and then the winner(s) of that group are combined with winners of other groups to form a new group. The winner(s) of the final group are the winner(s) o...

What happens when there is a tied score? And what is the Tie Break?

If two players in a group have the same score, both will advance. Tournament Directors (and most do on Chess.com) can choose to use the Tie-Break method (we use the Neustadtl score method) which factors in the strength of the opponents. Below is an example of a Group where the Tie-Break method is u...

What are timeouts? Why can't I join tournaments because of them?

Timeouts occur when you lose an Online Chess game by running out of time. Members who have timed out in more than 10% of their online games over the last 90 days are barred from joining tournaments. (We do not want users joining if they are likely to abandon their games and prolong the event for n...

Who is allowed to join a tournament?

Anyone can join an Online Chess tournament as long as they meet the criteria for the specific tournament (usually related to ratings). Tournament Directors (TDs) have the ability to change the requirements on a per-tournament basis, but the default criteria is given below: Must have completed ...