Puzzle Battle 2022 World Championship: all the information


the 2022 Puzzle Battle World Championship is a competition for the best puzzle experts. A special Chess Played Quick: Puzzle Edition qualifier will take place on January 5th. The main event starts on January 6 and end on January 9, with matches starting at 9:00 a.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. CET. The players compete for their part of the $ 25,000 Prize Fund and the title of world’s fastest puzzle solver.


All the puzzle-solving action will be streamed live on Chess.com/TV and our Tic and Youtube canals.


Below you can see a list of confirmed players. We will update the list as and when players confirm their participation.


The best players compete against each other in a series of puzzle challenges for the title of the world’s best puzzle solver.

Field and sowing

The field has 16 players made up of:

  • 11 invited players, ranked by their Chess.com puzzle rating as of DATE
  • Four players who qualify in the next Chess Played Quick: Puzzles Edition are ranked 12th through 15th.
  • A player who qualifies through a community competition, ranked 16th. *

* The player must submit proof of their best three-minute Puzzle Rush score. A minimum score of 45 is required and our staff will select a winner from the submissions. Submissions open January 1 and end January 4.

Chess Played Quick: Puzzles Edition (Qualifying Event)

  • A special edition of the Chess Played Quick streamer event takes place on January 5th
  • The top four players from the open section qualify for the 2022 Puzzle Battle World Championship.

2022 Puzzle Battle World Championship

Two days of Puzzle Rush Royale (group stage) and two days of Puzzle Battles (from the quarter-finals to the final) make up the 2022 Puzzle Battle World Championship:

Rush Royale Puzzle

  • Eight players divided into two sections of four players each start the round
  • Players compete in three-minute Puzzle Rushes to achieve their highest score
  • Each section lasts 60 minutes
  • The player with the highest score advances to the first eight Puzzle Battle section
  • The players with the second and third highest scores compete against each other in a five-puzzle match to determine who qualifies for the quarter-finals
  • The player with the lowest score in each section is eliminated.

Puzzle battle

  • Eight-player slice based on initial player rankings, with four quarter-final matches of one hour each
  • Players will play 15 rounds of one-on-one puzzle battles
  • The average of the puzzles won per round will determine the winner
  • The four winners of the quarter-finals will play two semi-final playoff matches in the same format
  • The two semi-final winners meet in a final knockout match using the same format to determine the event champion.


The event begins January 3 and ends January 7, with each day detailed below:

Dated Time (PST) Time (CET) Event Stage
January 5 9h00 6:00 p.m. Chess Played Quickly: Puzzles Edition Qualifier
January 6 9h00 6:00 p.m. Rush Royale Puzzle Group stage
January 7 9h00 6:00 p.m. Rush Royale Puzzle Group stage
January 8 9h00 6:00 p.m. Puzzle battle Quarter-finals
January 9 9h00 6:00 p.m. Puzzle battle Semi-finals / Final


The 2022 Puzzle Battle World Championship has a fund of $ 25,000, distributed as described below:

Rush Royale Puzzle

The total prize money for the group stage is $ 12,000, with each group receiving the same prize.

  • 1st: $ 1,000
  • 2nd: $ 800
  • 3rd: $ 700
  • 4th: $ 500

Puzzle battle

  • 1st: $ 3,500
  • 2nd: $ 2,500
  • 3rd-4th: $ 1,500
  • 5th-8th: $ 1,000


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