Announcing The $100,000 CGC Bracket Contest

Announcing The $100,000 CGC Bracket Contest

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The Chess.com Global Championship Knockout phase begins on September 14. An event that started with thousands of participants is down to a field of 64. In the next few weeks, there will only be 32, then 16, and then eight hopefuls. By November? One champion. Featuring a who’s who of young stars, experienced legends, and today’s best of the best, the CGC is a can’t-miss event. 

This is also your chance—you, a part of this community—at winning the $100,000 prize. However, this is only within reach if you pick the perfect bracket. 

Chess.com Global Championship Bracket

What would you buy with $100,000? The down payment on a house, a brand new Tesla? Ooh, a brand new Range Rover!? What about a year at Harvard or Yale (almost)? Over 87,700 Snickers bars? The possibilities are nearly endless.

Chess.com's CGC Bracket Contest

Armed with your knowledge instead of random guessing, how close can you get? 

How To Enter

How do you enter? Simply click the button above or follow this link to Challonge.com (a third-party site) and complete your bracket there. There is no purchase necessary for entry.

The deadline for submitting your prediction is Wednesday, September 14, 04:00 a.m. PT /13:00 CEST

Please name your bracket with your Chess.com user name and your prediction of the final match score.

Prizes

Only a perfect bracket will win the $100,000 prize, which will be shared in the event of multiple perfect predictions.

But! We are still awarding prizes to the top finishers regardless of final score. They are:









Place Prize
1st Chess.com hoodie, stickers, keychain, cap, and pen
2nd Chess.com t-shirt, stickers, keychain, cap, and pen
3rd-5th Chess.com stickers, keychain, cap, and pen
6th-10th 3-Month Chess.com Diamond Membership
11th-20th 1-Month Chess.com Diamond Membership

Scoring And Tiebreaks

In a departure from past bracket contests, scoring will be kept linearly—see the table below. This change places more emphasis on predicting each individual match rather than the overall champion.

Of course, if you want a perfect bracket, you’ll still have to identify the correct champion.











Round Points Per Match Total Points In Round
First Round (Round of 64) 1 32
Second Round (Round of 32) 2 32
Third Round (Round of 16) 3 24
Quarterfinals 4 16
Semifinals 5 10
Finals 6 6
Perfect Score

120

Tiebreaks

Challonge breaks ties with:

  1. Number of correct picks

Chess.com’s additional tiebreak determining factors:

  1. Correct winner predicted
  2. Correct finals score predicted
  3. Nearest margin of victory
  4. Closest to the correct score of tournament winner
  5. The last tiebreaker is the order your bracket was submitted (earlier is better).

In any of the scenarios above, the losing tiebreakers rank as no. 2, 3, 4 etc.

The knockouts begin on September 14—be sure to submit your bracket in advance and not miss out on the chances at prizes and memberships! 

Note: This contest is void in all areas where prohibited by state, municipal or federal law.


Procedures for Contacting and Announcing Winners, and Giving Out Prizes

We will be in touch with winners through Messages on Chess.com, or via the e-mail provided in their submission.

Contact will be made within 1 calendar week after the contest ends.

If prizes are given out continuously throughout an event, contact will be made 1 week after the event ends.

In contests where winners are picked randomly from chats on Twitch, YouTube and Chess.com., everyone who gave the correct answer will be raffled using a software that will ensure an impartial and random selection of winners.

By participating in the event, you are consenting to Chess.com using your name/image for purpose of administration, prize fulfilment, use in a publicly available winners list, and related Chess.com event promotion.

NB: If you have received no contact after a week, you can claim your prize by contacting support@chess.com

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