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Dreamhack Rapid and Blitz is back!

by Himank Ghosh - 16/10/2023

DreamHack is an international gaming festival, a 3-day grand celebration of all things tech, pop culture, gaming, and cosplay. The DreamHack Rapid and Blitz Tournament last year saw the participation of close to 400 people in Hyderabad! India's biggest gaming festival is back this year at Hyderabad - and the DreamHack Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournament is back! The event has a total Prize fund of INR 5,00,000, and it will run from 3rd-5th November 2023. Entry is FREE for GM, IM, WGM and WIMs. You simply can't miss this! In this article, we share all the information regarding the tournament - schedule, Prize fund, how to register and much more.

DreamHack Rapid and Blitz Tournament 2023 

The DreamHack Rapid and Blitz tournament will be open to all and will have a total prize fund of Rs.5,00,000. 3rd and 4th of November will be the rapid event, while 5th of November will be the Blitz event. The Rapid event has a prize fund of Rs.3,00,000 and the blitz event Rs.2,00,000. The rapid event will have a time control of 15 mins + 10 seconds of increment and 9 rounds (4 rounds on day 1 and 5 rounds on day 2). The blitz event will have a time control of 3 mins + 2 seconds and will have 9 rounds on day 3.

The event is jointly organized by Nodwin Gaming, Samay Raina, and ChessBase India! It'll be held in Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad.

Prize structure

The tournament boasts a huge prize fund! The first prize for the Rapid Chess tournament will be Rs. 60,000, and the top 25 players will receive Cash prizes! The top 3 finishers of the event will also receive beautiful trophies. There are cash prizes for the top 10 players in 3 Rating categories, along with prizes for best female player and various age categories! Check out the detailed Prize structure for the Rapid event below.

Open Group Rating Category
Rank Prize Money Rank 1701-2000 1401-1700 1000-1400 Best Unrated
1 60000 Trophy 1 3000 3000 3000 3000
2 40000 Trophy 2 2400 2400 2400 2400
3 24000 Trophy 3 2000 2000 2000 2000
4 16000 4 1600 1600 1600 1600
5 12000 5 1200 1200 1200 1200
6 8000 6 1000 1000 1000 1000
7 6000 7 1000 1000 1000 1000
8 5200 8 1000 1000 1000 1000
9 4800 9 1000 1000 1000 1000
10 4000 10 1000 1000 1000 1000
11 3200
12 3200
13 3200 Best Female Player
14 3200 1 6000
15 3200 2 4000
16 2800 3 3200
17 2800 4 3000
18 2800 5 3000
19 2800
20 2800 Age Group Under 07 Under 09 Under 11 Under 13 Under 15
21 2000 1 Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
22 2000 2 Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
23 2000 3 Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
24 2000
25 2000
All given amounts of cash prizes are in INR!

The Blitz event will have the following prize structure:

Open Group 6000 6000 6000 6000
Rank Prize Money Rating Category 1701-2000 1401-1700 1000-1400 Best Unrated
1 40000 Trophy 1 2000 2000 2000 2000
2 30000 Trophy 2 1500 1500 1500 1500
3 20000 Trophy 3 1000 1000 1000 1000
4 15000 4 800 800 800 800
5 10000 5 700 700 700 700
6 7000
7 6000
8 5000 Best Female
9 5000 1 Medal
10 5000 2 Medal
11 3000 3 Medal
12 3000 4 Medal
13 3000 5 Medal
14 3000
15 3000
16 2000 Age Group Under 07 Under 09 Under 11 Under 13 Under 15
17 2000 1 Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
18 2000 2 Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
19 2000 3 Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
20 2000
21 2000
22 2000
23 2000
24 1000
25 1000
Unrated players need not worry - there are category prizes for you too!

Note: 31.2% tax will be deducted for prizes worth ₹10000 or more.

The Rulebook

Like every other tournament, the DreamHack Rapid and Blitz will also abide by a set of rules and regulations. Take a close look at this before playing, so that you don't have to worry about anything during the event!

 

1. Tiebreaks: Latest AICF approved Tiebreaks will be used.

2. Time Control : 15 minutes + 10 second increment starting from move 1 for the Rapid event, and 3 minutes +2 second increment starting from move 1 for the Blitz event.

3. Default Time for arrival : 15 Minutes for Rapid & 3 Minutes for Blitz

4. Cash Prizes : Cash Prizes will not be shared. One player will be eligible for only one Higher Prize.

5. Electronic devices : Players are strictly forbidden to bring any electronic devices, including all sort of wrist watches to the tournament hall. If it is found during the game on the player's body, the player will be declared lost. 

6. Disqualification : If any player is found to be concealing his identity (concealing rating/playing with a different name) the player concerned will be expelled from the event without any further notice. 

7. First round pairings : Players whose opponents have not turned up in the first round may be paired manually to avoid walkovers. 

8. Corrections : The players are requested to inform any corrections in their Names, FIDE ID, Rating, Date of Birth, Email ID, gender etc. before the second round. Certificates will be generated and FIDE ID's will be created according to the data available from third round pairings.

9. FIDE FPP Regulations : FIDE fair play procedures will be enforced in this tournament.

10. No request towards wavier or refund of the entry fees will be entertained.

11. In case of any dispute then Chief Arbiter's decision is final and binding on all.

12. PROTEST: Protest(s) if any shall be made in writing against the decision of Chief Arbiter within 15 minutes of the occurrence of the event with the protest fee of Rs. 1500/- which will be refunded back if the Protest is Upheld.

13. The tournament will be conducted as per the FIDE Laws of chess, and 9 rounds will be played in Swiss-System of play with pairing software Swiss Manager.

14. Organizer have right to accept or reject any entry without assigning any reason.

15. Last date of registration : 3rd November 2023; No spot entries will  be allowed.

 

How do I register for the event?

If you are interested in participating in the Rapid and Blitz Chess tournaments on all 3 days, then the ideal buy for you would be the festival tickets which allow entry and participation on all 3 days. Entry is FREE for GM, IM, WGM and WIMs. The Chess Only festival ticket will allow participation only in chess tournaments. The Epic Gamer festival tickets will allow you to participate in chess as well as other tournaments and Meet & Greet. These tickets can be found here:

For any queries, you can always email ChessAtDreamhack@nodwin.com

1. Mera events ticket link

2. Paytm Insider ticket link


If you are looking to participate only in Blitz tournaments, you can buy the Sunday Gamer Ticket at 499 or the Sunday Combo ticket at 699. These tickets can be found here:

Link 1 (Paytm Insider)

Link 2 (Mera Events, please scroll down till you see Sunday tickets)

You can also find all the information related to the various types of tickets available here.

Venue and Schedule

The tournament will be held in Hitex exhibition Centre, Hyderabad from November 3rd-5th 2023. Here's the full schedule of events:

3rd November 2022

4th November 2022

5th November 2022

Reporting & Final Call for Registration: 10:00 AM

Players Meet: 02:30 PM

Round 5 (Rapid) 10:00 AM

Opening & Player’s Meet for Blitz Event: 10:00 AM

Round 1 (Rapid) - 03: 00 PM

Round 6 (Rapid) 11:00 AM

 

 

 

Blitz Event

Round 2 (Rapid) - 05: 00 Noon

Round 7 (Rapid) 12:00 Noon

Round 3 (Rapid) - 06: 00 PM

Round 8 (Rapid) 01:00 PM

Round 4 (Rapid) - 07: 00 PM

Round 8 (Rapid) 03:00 PM

 

Round 9 (Rapid) 04:00 PM

 

Schedule for the Rapid and Blitz Chess events from November 3rd-5th 2023

Book your tickets now!

Important Links:

Chess at DreamHack 2023

DreamHack website

Nodwin Gaming Website