Armageddon is a global chess series where players compete under immense time pressure in the most dramatic chess format ever. Anyone can join and qualify online for the final over-the-board tournaments that take place in the spectacular Armageddon Studio in the heart of Berlin (Germany). The finals will feature the winners of the online qualifications fighting it out in blitz and Armageddon matches against the world’s strongest grandmasters, with play-by-play announcers, sideline coverage, and exciting interactive elements. The series is broadcast live on television and online.
The Series will start on October 22, 2022 with online qualifiers, the Grand Finale will take place in June 2023. This is the inaugural edition of an annual Series.
Chess fans will admire the new format: one-hour shows packed with super-fast chess, play-by-play announcers, sideline coverage, and interactive elements, such as display of the players’ stress level, heartbeat data, calorie count and other innovative content. The Series is developed for television and will be broadcast live on TV and online.
Smartly named after the Biblical site of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil, Armageddon is the most dramatic time control in chess: Black has less time on the clock but a draw is enough for Black to win the match. The Armageddon Series will feature both blitz and Armageddon time control matches.
One of the most exciting features of the Armageddon Series is that anyone can join and qualify online for the over-the-board events. The Series will no doubt help discover new names in chess among those who grew up playing chess online and have become so good that they can stand ground against the strongest grandmasters in the world.
Over-the-board stage, to be held in Berlin, will feature 3 regional qualifiers as well as Armageddon Women’s Week. Two winners of each event will qualify for the Grand Finale. The Prize Fund for the final is 200,000 EUR, and the combined prize fund of the Series is 460,000 EUR.
For fans, the Series means seven weeks of action-packed chess broadcasts with never-seen-before graphics and biometric data, free to watch on worldchess.com and on sports networks around the world.