Clutch Chess International: Carlsen v Caruana Live!

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6/14/2020 – In this second instalment of Clutch Chess, the tournament will expand internationally. Eight of the world's top chess players will battle online from Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 14, 2020 for an extraordinary $265K in prize money. Replay the games live with engine comments and evaluations starting at 20:00 CEST.

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Clutch Chess International - The final

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Players will be seeded and paired for individual quarterfinal matches based on their FIDE rapid rating. Since Clutch Chess is a knockout tournament, players who fail to win their match are eliminated from the competition, while players who win their match advance to the next stage of competition.

Each match consists of twelve games with a time control of 10 minutes for the whole game and 5-second increments since move one. The overall score will follow the next system:

  • Games 1-4: Win = 1 point, Draw = ½ point
  • Games 5-6: Win = 2 points, Draw = 1 point
  • Games 7-10: Win = 1 point, Draw = ½ point
  • Games 11-12: Win = 3 points, Draw = 1½ points

The matches will last two days, with six games played per day. Thus, the last two games each day (5-6 and 11-12) are called "clutch games" as they are worth more points than usual.

Clutch Chess International 2020

Live games


Commentary webcast

Commentary by Jennifer Shahade, Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley


  • June 6-9: Quarterfinals
  • June 10: Rest day
  • June 11-12: Semifinals
  • June 13-14: Final


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Ajeeb007 Ajeeb007 6/14/2020 07:58
Frankly, I'm tired of seeing the same top players playing each other over and over. Any game between these guys is just a monotonous replay. Add the "oh golly wow gee!" type of commentating and it becomes unbearable. Here's hoping there'll be more open Gibraltar and IOM tournaments.
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 6/13/2020 02:41
I think the concept is brilliant. It should be applied to all sports. Make the points in the second half of a soccer match worth more. Touchdowns in the 4th quarter worth more. Last quarter of basketball games. Why have tennis matches be best of 3 sets, since the 2nd set can be worth more than the first. It can even be applied to bowling.
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 6/12/2020 11:50
tomk4:- I appreciate and share your enthusiasm but perhaps we should allow that these games are at a fast rate of play! :)
tomk4 tomk4 6/12/2020 10:37
We need to see ALL active games. Why aren't they shown in the Live Games area?
Mr Toad Mr Toad 6/9/2020 04:22

Whilst agreeing wiith the points your raise, there are a couple of other issues.

Whilst generally of a high standard, I will not watch certain ebullient commentators who emulate football commentators - I don't need geeing up all the time to be told that "Wow! He did that! Now we are at a decisive moment!". It's childish and off-putting.

Secondly, I am glad we are finally seeing the actually game on a board which indicates the latest move. Our expert commentators sometimes get carried away with variations on the analysis board and I lose track of the actual game. This is important for all the casual players who are flocking to online chess - they need to see the actual moves made.

Let's also say that the audience is generally more interested in seeing the players than the commentators.

And can the commentators please stay "on point"?! Casual chat about non-chess topics needs to be monitored carefully eg how commentators are coping without haircuts during isolation is really not relevant, nor is it entertaining.

Don't get me wrong, I think that generally online chess streaming is high quality and improving all the time!
vincero vincero 6/9/2020 05:06
they are trying so many formats in an attempt to get these guys to actually play...and win...instead of taking draws ........there isnt a serious chess player on the planet who has not repeatedly asked "why are these guys taking so many draws?"...and "why dont these guys play the game out?"......well..if you really want chess to hold onto the gains it has made on the internet...thanks to (though i am not a fan)..Naka...mainly....yes....Hikaru him or not has done more for chess online then ANY OTHER person....then you had BETTER.....find a way to make these games attractive to the public.....short time controls...helps more than anything...but having a WINNER....helps a lot more.....people DO NOT watch hope it ends in a draw...
SOME ONE has finally figured that out....cause i am sure..the thought has never crossed the mind of very many of these GM's............who BTW..are seeing some excellent pay days...playing online!

DO NOT screw it up guys!
Former Prodigy Former Prodigy 6/8/2020 08:43
The event is interesting, but the scoring system is weird, particularly the following tie-breaker: "The player with the most points from Clutch Games shall advance." The problem is that "more points in clutch games" usually means "less points according to a normal scoring system". Are chess players really as good at mathematics as many people believe?
Leavenfish Leavenfish 6/6/2020 10:28
Clutch chess is an interesting idea. I've always liked awarding $$ at the end of the tourney based on color results: wins with Black giving you more $$. For long tourneys (like you tend to see in the online quick play events), even awarding 1.25 pts for wins with black and the normal 1.0 for wins with White.

This kind of thinking would give people 'out of contention' for top prizes, something ($$) to play for and those close to the leaders chances to catch up by risking more to win with Black.