What is BlitzChamps & Can You Bet On It?
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What is BlitzChamps & Can You Bet On It?

BlitzChamps is an online charity chess tournament hosted by Chess.com, which features only National Football League (NFL) players.

Even though it’s an event made solely for entertainment purposes, it is possible to find BlitzChamps betting markets, granted they’re not as accessible as one would expect.

What is BlitzChamps?

BlitzChamps is an online exhibition chess tournament established in 2022 by Chess.com. It resembles PogChamps, which is another Chess.com creation, as an online chess tournament for famous internet personalities and Twitch streamers, but it’s a bit different.

Unlike PogChamps, BlitzChamps features only professional National Football League (NFL) players who compete in a series of rapid chess games for bragging rights and the lion’s share of the prize pool.

To date, there have been two BlitzChamps events in July 2022 and June 2023.

BlitzChamps I welcomed six NFL players, including Amari Cooper, Chidobe Awuzie, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Arik Armstead, Larry Fitzgerald, and Micah Parsons, who battled it out over two days for the largest slice of the $100,000 prize pool.

The second BlitzChamps took place on June 23-24, 2023, and it featured eight NFL players in Chidobe Awuzie, Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Kyler Murray, Wes Schweitzer, Chazz Surratt, Arik Armstead, Drue Tranquill, and Caleb Farley. Like the inaugural BlitzChamps, the second event featured a $100,000 charitable prize fund.

Chess.com has yet to reveal whether another BlitzChamps is planned for late 2023 or 2024.

Blitzchamps Format

BlitzChamps uses a very simple format, dividing the six participating NFL players into two round-robin groups of three, where every player from each group plays one match against every other player. Each match is two games at a 10-5 time control.

The match winner receives three points, while the loser gets none, as long as the match is not tied at 1-1. In case of a tie, a sudden death game at 3+5 control are played, with the highest overall CAPS from the first two games getting White for the first match.

The player who wins the tiebreak receives two points, and the loser gets none.

At the end of the group stage, the top two players from each group advance to the Championship Bracket, and the remaining two players play a Consolation match. The Championship Bracket and the Consolation match are played using the same format as the group stage, with two 10+5 time control games.

Past BlitzChamps Winners

To date, Chess.com hosted two BlitzChamps tournaments and crowned two champions.

BlitzChamps I was won by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who was crowned the inaugural BlitzChamps champion after beating Amari Cooper in the final 2-0. By winning the event, Aquzie won $25,000 for his charity, Kickstep Foundation, while Cooper pocketed $22,500 for his charity, the Barnyard.

Larry Fitzgerald and Will Davis both won $15,000 for Larry Fitzgerald Foundation and Spokane Speed Academy, while Arik Armstead and Kayvon Thibodeaux each secured $11,250 for their selected charities, the Armstead Academic Project and JREAM Foundation.

The second edition of BlitzChamps, which took place in June 2023, was won by Drue Tranquill, who, in a dramatic final, dethroned the reigning BlitzChamaps champion, Chidobe Awuzie, with 1.5-0.5. Chazz Surratt defeated Larry Fitzgerald Jr, in the third-place decider match.

By winning BlitzChamps 2023, Drue Tranqquill secured $25,000 for his charity, CarePortal, while Aquzie donated his portion of the prize pool to his charity, Kickstep Foundation.

BlitzChamps Schedule & Upcoming Events

Since the last BlitzChamps, Chess.com had yet to announce whether there will be another BlitzChamps in 2023 or in 2024. However, we saw Chess.com remain quiet about the possibility of hosting another event in the future last year until December 2022, when Daniel Rensch announced that BlitzChamps is scheduled to happen in 2023.

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Alongside confirming three other celebrity events in Chess Stars With Rolling Stones, PogChamps 5: Fall, and another sports crossover event, Rensch confirmed the return of the NHL charity event, billed as BlitzChamps: Summer.

So whether Chess.com will decide to host another charity chess event remains to be seen. But as we get closer to the end of the year, we can expect Chess.com to share more information about the third iteration of BlitzChamps. {year}

Can I Bet On BlitzChamps?

Since it’s a competitive event, it’s fair to ask whether BlitzChamps betting is a thing. And as much as it’s entirely possible that sportsbooks will offer betting markets on it, we’ve yet to see them on any reputable bookmaker.

So if you’re looking forward to BlitzChamps betting, you might be disappointed with the offer. But with the promises of the upcoming BlitzChamps being even bigger and better than the inaugural event, it wouldn’t surprise us if BlitzChamps betting markets do, in fact, become available.

FAQ

What is BlitzChamps?

BlitzChamps is an online charity chess tournament featuring famous NFL stars. The tournament has a set prize pool, distributed between the participants based on their placement, with the winnings then given to the charity of the player’s choosing.

Can you bet on BlitzChamps?

BlitzChamps betting might become available with the next event; however, it’s very unlikely that BlitzChamps betting markets will be readily available on all bookmakers.

When is the next BlitzChamps?

Chess.com has yet to confirm whether there will be another BlitzChamps event in 2024, but we can expect more information about future plans at the end of 2023.

Who are the past winners of BlizChamps?

The winner of the inaugural BlitzChamps was Chidobe Awuzie, who beat Amari Cooper in the finals 2-0. The BlitzChamps 2023 was won by Drue Tranquill, who defeated the defending champion, Awuzie 1.5-0.5.

This concludes everything you need to know about BlitzChamps and whether BlitzChamps betting is a thing. And if you like PogChamps, you might also want to learn more about another amateur chess tournament hosted by Chess.com – PogChamps.

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