The first round of the Florida Challenger Blitz Knockout has been drawn and there are many enticing matchups! Several of the pre-tournament favorites face tough challenges, including top-seeded Alex Sinnott vs 11-year old rising star Abhiram Pothuri, and #2 seed Rolly Weaver (a late entry after Mike Lucente pulled out) vs #5 Aniket Shukla. The first matches will be starting on 5/8 and you can find the schedule below once it is confirmed.
Since this is a double-elimination tournament, players who lose round 1 are not out, but they will have to win their next 4 matches in order to qualify for the Florida Master Blitz League.
Presenting: Season 2 of the Florida Blitz Leagues!
Orlando Chess House is happy to announce Season 2 of the Florida Blitz Leagues!
After the success of the events in 2020, we are back to organizing a new season of tournaments starting with the Florida Challenger Blitz Knockout. The Challenger event features 16 players rated between 1800-2100 classical USCF, and they will battle it out in a double-elimination knockout tournament with the top 4 players earning qualification to season 2 of the Florida Master Blitz League!
The players will once again compete in matches of best of 16 3+0 games. The double elimination format sees players falling into the consolation bracket after their first loss and they still have a chance to reach the top 4 and earning the ticket to the Master League.
The draw for the bracket takes place Sunday 5/2 at 7PM EST at twitch.tv/orlandochesshouse and the first matches are likely to be played on 5/8-5/9. All the matches will be streamed with live commentary on twitch.tv/orlandochesshouse as well! The starting list for the challenger knockout is: