Chess Bonanza with Death Match 2.0 and Comedians over the board at Dreamhack

Chess at India’s biggest gaming festival

Check out the image above! This is what a Dreamhack looks like. It’s the largest community gathering of gamers from around the world! Dreamhack started in Sweden in the early 1990s when a small group of friends got together to enjoy a few fun days of gaming together. Over the years, with the growing interest in gaming and the strategic partnerships that Dreamhack has forged, it has become the largest gaming festival in the world. The very first Dreamhack was held in India in Mumbai in 2018 by Nodwin Gaming. This was followed by the next in 2019 in Delhi. And then the pandemic hit. So the years 2020, 2021 have passed. But now that the Covid-19 situation is behind us, Dreamhack is back and this time Hyderabad city will host it from 4th to 6th November 2022. Although there are several Dreamhack events taking place in Europe and in North America, Dreamhack India is the only one that takes place in Asia. It is the vision of Nodwin Gaming that this property has been brought to India. This year’s event promises to have over 20,000 players in one place. The venue of the event is Hall No. 1 and 3 of Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad. The Telangana government is also one of Dreamhack’s partners.

A trailer that gives you an idea of ​​what the Dreamhack is

A preview of Dreamhack Mumbai 2018

This is a place where game lovers come to enjoy their favorite game together!

The number of chess supporters has increased dramatically over the past couple of years! At the same time, India has a huge talent pool in sports. In order to give a new impetus to the sport, Nodwin Gaming has teamed up with Samay Raina and ChessBase India to bring chess to the Dreamhack this year! With a total prize pool of Rs.20 lakh dedicated to chess, it promises to be a wonderful chess festival. We have Comedians over the Board (COTB) for the first time in real life! 8 of the best chess-playing comedians will fight for glory. The 2nd edition of the ChessBase India Originals Death Match will be between two of the most amazing talents in the chess world. A huge fast and blitz Dreamhack tournament is organized, open to everyone. The three-day chess activities will also see exciting simultaneous exhibitions and informative workshops. A real chess party!

The co-founders of Nodwin Gaming – Akshat Rathee and Gautam Virk, who are also huge chess enthusiasts

Speaking to ChessBase India, Gautam Virk, the COO of Nodwin Gaming said: “After the massive success of the Chess Super League (CSL), it was obvious that we would include chess as a major event in the biggest digital festival of India. Nodwin Gaming has always been fascinated by chess, and that is why we will spare no effort to facilitate this sport to a higher degree for everyone present at Dreamhack Hyderabad. It will be interesting to see the community players and chess come together to hopefully make this event a grand adventure.”

Comedian Samay Raina is one of the main reasons for the current popularity and rise of chess. Samay will be present at Dreamhack every day.

Here’s what the chess schedule at Dreamhack will roughly look like:

November 4

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – first 4 rounds of the Dreamhack rapid event

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Comedians Over The Board

November 5:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Rounds 5 to 9 of the Dreamhack Rapid event

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – ChessBase India Originals Death Match

November 6:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Dreamhack Blitz event

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – The Special Simultaneous Exhibition.

Deathmatch ChessBase India Originals 2.0

Two of the brightest stars not only of India but also of the chess world will face off in Death Match 2.0 – D. Gukesh vs. Arjun Erigaisi

The first ChessBase India Originals deathmatch took place at Phoenix Marketcity Mumbai between Anish Giri and Vidit Gujrathi in June 2022. Now we have the second edition at Dreamhack, this time between two of the brightest talents not only in Indian chess , but the world. India No. 2 and 3 D. Gukesh vs. Arjun Erigaisi clash. Gukesh is only 16 years old, has a rating of 2732 and is the world No. 19, while Arjun is 19 years old, has a rating of 2728 and is the world No. 21. What an even battle it is! Deathmatches are grueling, all-out battles of wits, speed, skill, and stamina. Players will be tested in all ball formats, blitz, rapid, blindfold, 960 chess, no-castling chess and more. The event will take place on November 5 from 5pm and will have a total prize pool of INR 5,00,000. The winner takes home Rs.3,00,000 and the runner up Rs.2,00,000. The exact Death Match format will be revealed soon.

An image from the first deathmatch between Anish Giri and Vidit Gujrathi where people were literally out of breath. The second promises to be just as exciting!

Gukesh: “I’m excited and looking forward to fighting Arjun Erigaisi, my fierce on-board rival and close friend in the 2nd edition of the original ChessBase India Death Match. It’s also very exciting that this time it’s going to be in Hyderabad on November 5th and it will be part of the Dreamhack! Looking forward to a great match.”

Arjun Erigaisi: “I was following the Death Match 1st Edition between Anish and Vidit closely, it was so exciting and intense. Now I’m super excited to play the Death Match 2nd Edition, that too against a very strong opponent like Gukesh. Also , as far as I remember, this will be my first 1v1 OTB in my backyard in Hyderabad. So overall extremely excited!”

Comedians on demand (COTB)

Comedians on Board is one of the most popular events in the world of chess organized for already 6 editions by Samay Raina. But it’s always been online. This is the first time COB will be held live in person. 8 of the strongest chess-playing stand-up comedians will compete with the aim of not only winning the total prize of Rs.5,00,000, but also for the bragging rights of becoming the first comedians on the champion board! This event will take place on November 4 starting at 5:00 p.m.


1. Samay Raina

2. Biswa Kalyan Rath

3. Vaibhav Sethia

4. Anirban Dasgupta

5. Joel Dsouza

6. Manik Mahna

7. Sumit Surav

8. Tanmay Bhat


This will be a knockout event. Players will compete in a best of 2 with a time control of 10 minutes + 5 seconds increment. In case of a 1-1 draw, we will have an Armageddon with a time control of 5 minutes for white and 4 minutes for black with odds of a draw. This format will be valid for the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. The final will consist of four matches (instead of two).

Prize Money:

Players who lose Quarter-Finals = 4 x 50,000 = Rs.2,00,000

Players who lose semi-finals = 2 x 60,000 = Rs.1.20,000

Player who loses the final = 1 x 80,000 = Rs.80,000

Player who wins the event = 1 x 100,000 = 1.00,000

Total = Rs.5,00,000

2022 Dreamhack Rapid and Blitz Championships

The Dreamhack Rapid and Blitz tournament will be open to everyone and will have a total prize pool of Rs.10,00,000. November 4 and 5 will be the Quick Event, while November 6 will be the Blitz. The Rapid event has a prize fund of Rs.7,50,000 and the blitz event Rs.2,50,000. The rapid test will have a time control of 15 min + 10 seconds increment and 9 laps (4 laps on day 1 and 5 laps on day 2). The blitz event will have a time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds and will have 9 rounds on day 3.

A huge Dreamhack of Rapid and Blitz Championship with a prize of Rs.10 lakh

Breaking the Prize Money for the Quick Tournament

The Snap for the Blitz Tournament Prize Money

The exact program (turn by turn) of the above tournament will be published soon. For now, the first 4 rounds of the rapid tournament will take place on November 4th. The remaining 5 rounds will take place on November 5. The entire blitz tournament will be played on November 6 and the number of rounds (9, 10 or 11) will depend on the number of registrations. Please note that as we will be in a game environment, there will be noise. Players will need to be ready for the same.

Other events:

Apart from the events mentioned above, there will also be workshops that will take place at Dreamhack. These would include “how to be an effective chess teacher” by Sagar Shah, “how to be an effective chess streamer and caster” by Samay Raina and also “how to be an effective arbiter” by a well accomplished arbiter. On the last day – November 6, 2022, we will have a unique simultaneous exhibition to be held. And you are sure to enjoy it.

Get your tickets:

The type of tickets you want to get depends on how you want to be at Dreamhack. If you want to come and watch the Comedians over the board event, you can get the Friday Pass (November 4) from Rs.499. If you want to attend the Death Match as a spectator, you can get the Saturday Pass (November 5) from Rs.499. But if you want to participate in the Dreamhack rapid and blitz, you need to get the Chess player Festival Pass from Rs.1299. This pass will not only allow you to play the Rs.10 lakh Rapid and Blitz prize fund, but will also give you access to all Chess + other events taking place at the Dreamhack. Generally, the registration fee to play a chess event with a prize of Rs.10 lakh, the registration fee is very high. At Dreamhack, we want to make chess accessible to everyone and that’s why we’ve kept the entry fee modest.

The red box is where you click if you want to play Dreamhack rapid and blitz chess, and the green box presents you with options if you just want to be a spectator.

Benefits of being at Dreamhack

Being at Dreamhack Hyderabad will be an unforgettable experience. You will not only be able to play chess in a relaxed environment, but also have the chance to meet your favorite creators, players and comedians! You will also be able to witness the ultimate showdown between two of India’s brightest young talents – Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi. The event will be spectator friendly which means you can listen to commentary from Sagar Shah, Samay Raina and many other commentators. You will also be able to get autographs and selfies with your favorite stars as a special area is made to meet and greet celebrities! Dreamhack is the perfect environment to spend three days of your time if you are a chess enthusiast! You will certainly leave with wonderful memories and who knows, even with cash prizes!

Come be part of this amazing event!

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