Sixteen popular online celebrities will make their way to all 64 spots starting Sunday as they compete for $ 100,000 in cash prizes in PogChamps 4, the latest edition of the popular Twitch streaming chess tournament.
Several returning players are joined by new streamers for the latest edition of PogChamps.
PogChamps veterans face new faces
Those who have watched previous editions of PogChamps will recognize players like MrBeast, Rubius, Ludwig, Boxbox, QTCinderella, and ConnorEatsPants. Boxbox and Ludwig have both reached the semi-finals of PogChamps in earlier efforts.
A large number of PogChamps newbies will join the veterans for the next tournament. Some of the biggest names include Spanish streamer IamCristinini, Magic: The Gathering Crokeyz streamer and freestyle rapper Harry Mack.
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|group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Mr. Beast||Harry mack||Tectone||I am Cristinini|
PogChamps 4 begins with a group stage, during which players will compete in groups of four. Each match consists of two matches. If a player wins the match, he gets three points, while the loser gets zero. If a match ends in a 1-1 tie, players face off in a sudden death tie-break, with the winner taking two points and the losers settling for one.
Once the round robin is over, the top two players from each pool will advance to the championship bracket, while the other two players will advance to the consolation bracket. From that point on, players go head-to-head in knockout matches with the hope of winning a PogChamps title.
Amateur play leads to exciting action
The general champion will win $ 20,000, while the Consolation champion will win $ 7,000. While players will compete for cash prizes, the tournament will also raise funds for Rise Above the Disorder, an organization dedicated to affordable and accessible mental health care.
If you’ve never watched PogChamps before, don’t expect chess like you’ve seen on the Champions Chess Tour or other professional events. Many players are new to chess, while others have only limited experience in the game, making it a low-level amateur event.
But one of the joys of PogChamps is watching the players improve over the course of the two week event. Grandmasters and other titled players will coach many participants, and each tournament produces at least one or two players who quickly become formidable by spending hours daily working on their games.
PogChamps 4 begins on August 29 and will end with the two finals on September 12.