Sixteen popular online celebrities will compete in the 64 fields starting Sunday to compete for $ 100,000 in prize money in PogChamps 4, the latest installment of the popular Twitch streaming chess tournament.
Several returning players will be assisted by new streamers for the latest edition of PogChamps.
PogChamps veterans compete against new faces
Those who have seen previous editions of PogChamps will recognize players like MrBeast, Rubius, Ludwig, Boxbox, QTCinderella, and ConnorEatsPants. Boxbox and Ludwig have both reached the PogChamps semi-finals in previous efforts.
A number of PogChamps newbies will be joining the veterans for the upcoming tournament. The biggest names include the Spanish streamer IamCristinini, the Magic: The Gathering streamer Crokeyz and the freestyle rapper Harry Mack.
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PogChamps 4 begins with a group stage in which the players compete in groups of four against each other. Each game consists of two games. If a player wins the match straight away, they get three points, while the loser earns zero. If a match ends in a 1-1 draw, the players compete in a sudden death tiebreaker, with the winner getting two points and the loser settling for one.
After the round robin game is over, the top two players in each pool will be promoted to the championship group, while the other two players will be promoted to the consolation group. From that point on, players compete in knockout games in the hopes of winning a PogChamps title.
Amateur game leads to exciting action
The overall winner wins $ 20,000 while the comfort master makes $ 7,000. As players compete for prize money, the tournament also raises funds for Rise Above the Disorder, an organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible mental health care.
If you’ve never seen PogChamps, don’t expect chess like you saw it at the Champions Chess Tour or other professional events. Many players are brand new to chess while others have limited background in the game, making this a low-level amateur event.
But one of the joys of PogChamps is seeing how players improve over the course of the two-week event. Grandmasters and other strong title players will coach many of the contestants, and each tournament produces at least one or two players who quickly become impressive by spending hours working on their games every day.
PogChamps 4 starts on August 29th and ends with both finals on September 12th.