Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals | Day 9 | Peter Leko & Simon Williams



10 elite players compete in the MCCT Finals, a round-robin to decide the winner of the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. GM Peter Leko and GM Simon Williams commentate live on Day 9. Watch the games:

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5 comments

  1. This is my favorite chess event/season. Since Simon asked… it needs some tweaks as follows:

    1. Payout the finals as its own mini-tourney (lesser amount than main pot). Pay out players finishing highest excluding the bonus points (i.e. make the finals it's own mini-tourney, in addition to the season long championship). Example payout: 1st = 20k, 2nd = 12k, 3rd = 5k, 4th – 10th = 0 (but they still get paid for the season, of course). If there is no budget for this, I would pull it from the 300k payout. The same 10 players are still getting the same 300k, but there is an extra, smaller piece to play for, especially for the bottom ranked players who have little chance at winning the main pot.

    2. In the season-long standings, you only get to count your best finishes, which will make it fair for those that played less than 9 tournaments. For each player, count top 3 best tourneys @ 100%, 4th best @ 75%, 5th best @ 50%, 6th best @ 25%, 7th and on do not count. And if you score in the first 6 tourneys, you can place better in your 7th tourney, kicking out an earlier, worse result.

    3. There should be bonus points awarded based on final ranking, not final points. Once regular season is over, regardless of point total, first place gets 9.0 bonus pts, 2nd 6.5 pts, 3rd 4.5 pts, 4th 3.5 pts, 5th 2.5 pts, and down half a point till 10th gets 0 bonus points. This system will ensure a competitive chance for all players (unlike it was for Shak and Duda this year), but still significantly reward players for finishing higher in the season standings.

    * Other, minor tweaks***

    4. Assuming these "seasons" eventually become consistent, there should be a clear cut way players get to enter, and offer "tour cards" that allow players to play, and tour exemptions for winning tourneys, or a 3 year exemption for winning the finals, etc. Maybe all the invites happen behind the scenes, but it'd be nice as a fan to know how players qualify for each event. (Artemiev is a prime example, he obviously deserves to be there, but either opted out for the first 6 tourneys, or was never invited)

    5. I would slightly increase emphasis on the round-robin portion for regular tourneys. Currently you get 10 points for winning that, but 40 for winning the knockouts?? Knockouts should be harder and therefore more points, but certainly not quadruple.

    6. Majors didn't mean anything in 2021. Still have them, but fewer and later in season. It felt like a regular tourney but double points (since it was basically the same players playing). There should be 3 regular tourneys (for example) before each major. But each player is only allowed to play 2 of the 3 regulars (this will also help with burnout, and also give other lesser-known players a chance to show their skill. After 3 regular tourneys, the best join together for the major. So majors are double points, but it's also harder competition, more money, etc.

  2. Sorry to see Meltwater chess tour come to a finish. It has been great. I want to say many thanks to Tanya. She is great. JP is sensational, and my hands are still in the air for Peter L. Jan is genuinely funny. Bring back Laurence. And everyone else.

    Especially though, it is incredible to see these chess players in action, and for free. They are incredible. Continued best to them.

    Looking forward to Dubai. See you all there.

  3. Gm Williams is incredible, my man rocking a Red beard (I think) with some brown hair lol ( I think it’s brown idk I may be wrong, sorry I’m color blind, Dutan Anomalous) looks wicked cool to me tho lol

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