Death Match 2.0 and COTB format revealed

Chess at DreamHack, Hyderabad from November 4-6, 2022

Are you excited about chess at DreamHack in Hyderabad? We are all! With just 4 more days, the chess show will take place at the Hitex Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, Telangana. There is the DreamHack Rapid and the Blitz with a total prize of Rs.10,00,000. We have the ChessBase India Originals Death Match 2.0 between Arjun Erigaisi and Gukesh. And we have Comedians Over The Board with 8 of the best chess-playing comedians vying for top honors. In this article, we want to reveal the format of these three events. Let’s start with the Death Match:

The format of Death match 2.0:

One of the things we want to do at ChessBase India Originals Deathmatch is to make players happy in all the different chess formats. With that in mind, we made sure there are Blind Chess, Chess960, No castling Chess, Rapid, Blitz, and Bullet. It’s the ultimate test of all a player’s chess skills. Death Match 2.0 is between D. Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi and this is what the format looks like:

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Segment 1: Originals segment (80-90 minutes)

Game 1 – Blindfold Game : Players will not be able to see their board or touch the pieces during the game. They will announce the moves. There will be only one game in this round and will be played with time control of 7 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move 1

Game 2 – Quick Game: A normal quick game with time control 7 minutes + 2 seconds increment

Game 3 – No Castle Chess: Players will not be able to castle in-game. The violation will be penalized as an illegal move. All necessary actions and penalties for illegal moves will be applicable in accordance with FIDE chess laws for Blitz games. There will be only one game in this round and will be played with the time control of 7 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move 1.

Game 4 – Chess 960: Players are given a random position from among 960 combinations of starting positions commonly referred to as Fischer Random. There will be only one game in this round and will be played with the time control of 7 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move 1.

Segment Points for Originals: Each match in this segment will have 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss.

Segment 2 – Flash segment (60 minutes)

Players have a total time of 60 minutes for this segment. There will be consecutive games with the time control of 4 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move 1. If the time limit of 60 minutes is exceeded, the current game will continue until it ends. ends with a valid result (Draw / Win / Loss). Most likely we will have 6 games in this segment. Each match in this segment will have 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss.

Segment 3 – Bullet Segment (30 minutes)

Players have a total time of 30 minutes for this round. There will be consecutive games with the time control of 1 minute + 2 seconds increment from move 1. If the time limit of 30 minutes is exceeded, the current game will continue until it ends. ends with a valid result (Draw / Win / Loss). There will most likely be 8 games in this segment. Each match in this segment will have 1 point for the win, 0.5 for a draw, and 0 for the loss.

Segment 4: Armageddon (If necessary)

If the scores are tied after all finishes of all rounds as mentioned above, Armageddon will occur. Whites will have 5 minutes and blacks 4 minutes. The white player must win the game to win the tournament. The draw is enough for a black player to win the tournament.

Additional rules:

Colors: The colors will be decided by coin toss before the first match of the battle. In case of multiple games in a round, players will have to play with alternate colors (for example, if Gukesh plays white in game – 1 of Blitz round 1, he will play with black pieces in game 2 of Blitz round). Blitz 1 and so on). If the scores are tied and we enter an armageddon, a coin toss will be made. The winner of the toss can decide if they want white or black pieces.

No draw rule: No raffle offer to be made. The person who offers a draw will be penalized with a loss.

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The format of Comedians Over The Board (COTB)

The eight participants of Comedians Over The Board (COTB) are: (top left to right) – Biswa Kalyan Rath, Samay Raina, Tanmay Bhat, Vaibhav Sethia. (Bottom left to right) – Anirban Dasgupta, Sumit Sourav, Joel D’souza and Manik Mahna

The format of comedians on the board is Round Robin followed by Knock-Out. This is how it will unfold. All 8 players will play 7 games in all play all formats (Round Robin). The time control of each game would be 10 minutes + 2 second increment. Once the seven rounds have been completed, we have the ranking from which the top four players advance to the semi-finals. Player 1 plays the player who finished 4th and the second and third players play each other. There will be only one match between the semi-finalists of 10 mins + 2 seconds increment and in case of a tie we have armageddon. The two winners will advance to the final where we will have two matches of 10 minutes + 2 seconds increment. The player who would score 1.5 or more would be deemed the COTB champion. However, if the score is 1-1, we will have Armageddon. The player who finished best in the group stages has the right to choose the color of Armageddon. If he chooses white, he will have 5 minutes, black will have 4 minutes but with zero odds. The event will last 5 hours!

DreamHack Rapid and Blitz Tournament 2022

The DreamHack Rapid and Blitz tournament will be open to everyone and will have a total prize pool of Rs.10,00,000. November 4 and 5 will be the Quick Event, while November 6 will be the Blitz Event. The Rapid event has a prize fund of Rs.7,50,000 and the blitz event Rs.2,50,000. The rapid test will have a time control of 15 min + 10 seconds increment and 9 laps (4 laps on day 1 and 5 laps on day 2). The blitz event will have a time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds and will have 11 rounds on day 3.

List of players

Complete list

The total capacity of the event is 380 players. According to our records, already 273 players have registered. There is therefore only room for 107 players. Remember to register quickly before the seats run out.

Price structure

The tournament has a huge prize fund, and here is the Rapid event prize structure:

With lots of ranking and age category prizes, play chess well and you’ll get a great reward!

The Blitz event will have the following prize structure:

Unranked players need not worry – there are tier prizes for you too!

The rulebook

Like all other tournaments, Dreamhack Rapid and Blitz will also follow a set of rules and regulations. Take a look before you play, so you don’t have to worry about anything during the event!

Be sure to register for the event before November 1, 2022, registrations will be closed after that!

How can I register for the event?

There is a 3 in 1 offer for you! With only Rs.1299, you have the opportunity to join the entire Dreamhack event. Besides entry to the Rapid and Blitz tournament, this includes viewing Comedians over the Board, ChessBase India Originals Deathmatch 2.0 between Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi, and Life is Unfair simul.

Entries/tickets can be reserved at:

1. Book my show

2. Mera Events

3. Paytm Insider

Location and time

The tournament will be held at the Hitex Exhibition Center in Hyderabad from November 4-6. Here is the full schedule of events:

Fast Event Schedule November 4-5

The Blitz event program

Here are some of the hotels we recommend you stay at that are close to the venue. You can check them on any online portal like booking.com

Important links:

Chess at Dreamhack 2022

DreamHack website

Download Flyer DreamHack Rapid and Blitz