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The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour was a series of 10 online chess tournaments featuring the world’s top players. The games were held on chess24.com. The tour began on November 22, 2020 and ended on October 3, 2021.

Schedule[]

Date Tournament Name
November 22 - 30, 2020 Skilling Open
December 26, 2020 - January 3, 2021 Airthings Masters
February 6 - 14, 2021 Opera Euro Rapid
March 13 - 21, 2021 Magnus Carlsen Invitational
April 24 - May 2, 2021 New In Chess Classic
May 23 - 31, 2021 FTX Crypto Cup
June 26 - July 4, 2021 Goldmoney Asian Rapid
July 31 - August 8, 2021 Chessable Masters
August 28 - September 5, 2021 Aimchess US Rapid
September 25 - October 3, 2021 Champions Chess Tour Final 2021

Time controls[]

  • In rapid games, each player has 15 minutes, plus a 10-second increment for each move.
  • In blitz games, each player has 5 minutes, plus a 3-second increment for each move.
  • In Armageddon games, white has 5 minutes, black has 4 minutes, there is no increment, and black wins the tie in case of a draw.

Tournament formats[]

Regular[]

The regular tournaments consist of a preliminary round and 3 knockout rounds. In the prelims, 16 players participate in a round-robin, each player playing the other players. The top 8 players with the most points will advance to the knockout stage.

Major[]

The Major tournaments operate the same way as the Regular tournaments. It is still the top 8 players who qualify for the knockout rounds.

Final[]

The Final only consists of one round-robin for the 10 players, spanning 9 days (1 matchup per day). Each matchup will comprise 4 rapid games. If the 4 points are split among the two players, then 2 blitz games are played, followed by Armageddon if the blitz games are split. 3 points are awarded for an outright win (no tiebreak needed), 2 points are awarded for a tiebreak win, and 1 point is awarded for a tiebreak loss.

In addition to these points, the players start off with bonus points based on their Tour rankings coming into the Final. The player with the fewest Tour points gets 0 bonus points, and the other players are awarded half a point for every full 10 points they have more than the player with the least number. For example, if Player A has the fewest Tour points with 86, a Player B with 143 Tour points will be awarded 2.5 points, since they exceed Player A's total by 57 (no rounding).

The player with the greatest sum of bonus points and points won in the Final will be crowned the Tour Champion.

Tour points[]

For Regular tournaments, points are awarded as follows.

Finish Points
Winner 40
Runner-up 25
3rd place 15
4th place 10

Prize money[]

Prize money[]

Regular[]

The total prize pool for a Regular tournament is $100,000. The money is split as follows:

Finish Prize
Winner $30,000
Runner-up $15,000
3rd place $8,500
4th place $6,500
Quarterfinalist $5,000
Preliminary $2,500

The regulations were changed after the Skilling Open tournament; in this first tournament of the tour, the players who lost in the semifinals each received $7,500, without a match for 3rd place.

Major[]

The total prize pool for a Major tournament is $200,000. The money is split as follows:

Finish Prize
Winner $60,000
Runner-up $40,000
3rd place $25,000
4th place $15,000
Quarterfinalist $10,000
Preliminary $5,000

Final[]

The prize pool for the final is $300,000, which is split as follows:

Finish Prize
1st $100,000
2nd $60,000
3rd $40,000
4th $30,000
5th $20,000
6th $15,000
7th $12,500
8th $10,000
9th $7,500
10th $5,000

Results[]

Dates Tournament Name Type Winner Runner-Up 3rd Place 4th Place
November 22 – November 30, 2020 Skilling Open Regular Wesley So Magnus Carlsen Hikaru Nakamura

Ian Nepomniachtchi

December 26, 2020 – January 3, 2021 Airthings Masters Major Teimour Radjabov Levon Aronian Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Daniil Dubov
February 6 – February 14, 2021 Opera Euro Rapid Regular Wesley So Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
March 13 – March 21, 2021 Magnus Carlsen Invitational Major Anish Giri Ian Nepomniachtchi Magnus Carlsen Wesley So
April 24 – May 2, 2021 New In Chess Classic Regular Magnus Carlsen Hikaru Nakamura Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Levon Aronian
May 23 – May 31, 2021 FTX Crypto Cup Major Magnus Carlsen Wesley So Ian Nepomniachtchi Teimour Radjabov
June 26 – July 4, 2021 Goldmoney Asian Rapid Regular Levon Aronian Vladislav Artemiev Magnus Carlsen Ding Liren
July 31 – August 8, 2021 Chessable Masters Regular Wesley So Lê Quang Liêm Vladislav Artemiev Levon Aronian
August 28 – September 5, 2021 Aimchess US Rapid Regular Magnus Carlsen Vladislav Artemiev Levon Aronian Alireza Firouzja
September 25 – October 3, 2021 Champions Chess Tour 2021 Final Final Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov Levon Aronian Wesley So


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