Chess dot com Global Championship Galway Flutter

The knockout phase of the Global Championship kicks off on September 14th, and features 64 top chess players, 8 of whom will go on to play in the finals at the beginning of November.

To make this even more exciting for you and to support the Galway Chess Club, we want to encourage you to back a small selection of players in the hopes of winning some money.

Below is a ranked table of all 64 participants, each of whom can have at most one backer. For a fiver (5 euro), you can choose three of these players to back (one with a starting rank from 1-20, one from 21-40, and one from 41-64.) If one of your backed players wins the tournament, you will win five times their ranking number (plus your original fiver); e.g. if you have backed Ding Liren and he wins, you get €10 back, if you have backed Fabiano Caruana and he wins, you get €40, and if you have backed Mitrabha Guha and he wins, you get €325.

To enter, email us at galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com, with your name (or nom-de-plume to display, in case you wish to keep your investment a secret for spousal/Revenue purposes), three selected players (one each from within ranges 1-20, 21-40, 41-64), and a promise to hand over 5e to us at the next available opportunity/or Revolut it to Fintan, etc. Given that there’ll be a max of one backer per player (in the interests of avoiding bankruptcy), we’ll operate on a first-come-first-served basis, and we’ll deal with any complications if and when they arise. Any surplus will go towards the club’s rent for the year.

If all three of your choices make it through the first round, you may pick a free extra fourth player from any of the remaining unselected players.

Entries need to be in before the tournament starts on September 14th.

Good luck!

1Ding Liren2808
2Ian Nepomniachtchi2792James
3Wesley So2771James
4Hikaru Nakamura2768Michael
5Anish Giri2764
6Levon Aronian2759Fintan
7Fabiano Caruana27583Niko
8Shakhriyar Mamedyarov27572
9Maxime Vachier-Lagrave27572David
10Viswanathan Anand27561
11Vladimir Kramnik27532
12Teimour Radjabov2747Scott
13Leinier Dominguez Perez27453
14Alexander Grischuk27451
15Jan-Krzysztof Duda2731
16Dmitry Andreikin 2729
17Veselin Topalov27281
18Le Quang Liem 27281
19Arjun Erigaisi27252Niko
20Wang Hao27222
21Nodirbek Abdusattorov27132Fintan
22Francisco Vallejo27111
23Vidit Gujrathi27101
24Kirill Alekseenko27071
25Ray Robson26901
26Jeffery Xiong26903James
27Michael Adams26891
28Vladimir Fedoseev26851Michael
29Sam Sevian26843
30Peter Svidler26832
31David Navara26812
32Vasyl Ivanchuk 26782David
33Andrey Esipenko26782Niko
34Nihal Sarin 2677Scott
35Alexei Shirov 26731
36Maxim Matlakov26712
37Boris Gelfand26681
38Gata Kamsky26662
39Peter Leko26631
40Bassem Amin26631
41Alexey Sarana26623James
42Hou Yifan26501David
43Rauf Mamedov 26461
44Hrant Melkumyan26451
45Maksim Chigaev26411
46Eduardo Iturrizaga26301
47Vladislav Kovalev26231Fintan
48Raunak Sadhwani26202Michael
49Benjamin Bok26182
50Rasmus Svane26151
51Eric Hansen26132Niko
52Aram Hakobyan26111
53Oleksandr Bortnyk26041Scott
54Nikolas Theodorou25981
55Martyn Kravtsiv25981
56Pavel Ponkratov 25933
57David Paravyan25921
58Jose Martinez25912
59Ju Wenjun25601
60Mahammad Muradli25551
61Tuan Minh Le 25421
62Denis Lazavik25231
63Rodrigo Vasquez25181
64Mitrabha Guha24711